Moody & Associates Attorneys
Attorney Eric O. Moody
Attorney Eric O. Moody, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, is a product of the Chesapeake Public Schools having graduated from Crestwood High School in 1969 with honors, and attended Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania where he earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1973.
While at Lafayette he was awarded the George Wharton Pepper Prize, bestowed upon the graduating senior who best demonstrated the institution’s “highest ideal.” Mr. Moody then studied law at the University of Virginia and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1976 and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar that same year.
In his community, Attorney Moody has served 18 years as a commissioner on the Economic Development Authority for the City of Chesapeake, 11 years of which he served as its Chairman, he presided as Substitute Judge for the Chesapeake General District Court for 24 years, from 1983 to 2007. Moody is twice past president of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association, member of the American Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and a Lifetime member of the NAACP.
Mr. Moody is Senior Partner of Eric O. Moody and Associates, P.C. He offers legal commentary for the NBC Hampton Roads affiliate WAVY TV 10 NEWS, is a guest host for Hampton University’s radio station, WHOV 88.1 FM, and is a legal expert for Clear Channel Communication’s WKUS 92.1 and 103 JAMZ.
Attorney Lori A. Butts
Lori A. Butts’ passion for balancing the scales of justice is foreshadowed by the lovingly strict and spiritual rearing of her parents, Thomas and Ruth Butts. In the Butts home, values of faith, integrity, responsibility, compassion and empathy were touchstone.
Perseverance is Ms. Butts’ greatest asset; empathy and a healthy sense of humor are not far behind. The words found in the seal of her alma mater, Fayetteville State University, are Ms. Butts’ mantra: “Res, non verba,” meaning, “Deeds, not words.”
Ms. Butts joined Eric O. Moody & Associates in September, 2012. She is a native of the city of Chesapeake, VA where she graduated with honors from Deep Creek High School in 1987.
Ms. Butts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in 1993 and later received her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2000.
She was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2001. Prior to joining Moody & Associates, Ms. Butts worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Suffolk, Virginia for about 10 years.
As an avid defender of justice, she gained invaluable experience litigating a broad range of criminal matters, from simple misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies, in local and appellate courts. Ms. Butts is an active member, in good standing, of the Virginia State Bar.
Ms. Butts’ most notable achievement is being the happy mother of two daughters. When she’s not busy fighting for her clients in and out of court, Ms. Butts makes time for singing, writing, musical theatre, sports, mentoring girls and young women, public speaking, volunteering as a companion to elderly persons and in other capacities at her local church.
She has graced the stage as an opera soloist, actor/singer, worship leader, and keynote speaker in Virginia and North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Attorney Elliott O. Moody
Elliott O. Moody joined Eric O. Moody & Associates in February, 2016 after serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. While serving as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Moody prosecuted criminal cases in the Portsmouth General District Court and the Portsmouth Circuit Court, participated in all stages of bench and jury trials, drafted and filed appellate briefs in the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court, investigated criminal complaints and prepared indictments. Prior to his work with the Commonwealth Attorney, Moody was honored to serve as Law Clerk for the Portsmouth Circuit Court Judges. He performed complex research and drafted documents on a variety of both civil and criminal issues.
Attorney Moody graduated from the Howard University School of Law and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia. While matriculating, Moody interned with the Federal Communications Commission and the Washington, D.C. Office of the Attorney General. At Howard, Attorney Moody was a three-time recipient of the Excellence for the Future Award, a recipient of a Merit Fellows Scholarship, and a recipient of the James A. Cobb Scholarship.
Since joining Eric O. Moody & Associates, Attorney Moody has provided legal representation, counsel and advice on a variety of matters including criminal law, housing litigation, and contract negotiation and development.
Attorney Stephanie J. Pough
Stephanie J. Pough is a native of Rochester, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University in 2000. In 2006, she was admitted to the Virginia Bar after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. In 2009, Ms. Pough was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Ms. Pough joins Eric O. Moody & Associates in March 2017 having most recently worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth. She previously worked as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Norfolk, and managed her own law firm. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Pough has represented clients in the areas of criminal law, family law, estate planning, personal injury, and a variety of civil matters.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Pough is an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College. She is a faithful member of Grove Church. She maintains membership in several professional and civic organizations throughout the Hampton Roads area. She also serves on the board for the Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Delta Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Additionally, Ms. Pough is the Immediate Past President of the Tidewater Chapter-North Carolina A&T Alumni Association.