Daniel L. Moody was born in Bristol, Virginia and entered King College in Bristol, Tennessee, after his junior year in high school. He transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice in 1981 with High Honors, graduating first in his class of over 2,100 students.
At V.C.U., he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, the American Criminal Justice Honor Society (Lambda Alpha Epsilon), and Laurels Honor Society. After graduation, he attended the University of Virginia, School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1984.



Dan was admitted to practice in the State of Florida in 1984, and began his legal career as an associate with the firm of Smith, Sauer and Venn, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida. In 1987, he moved to Tampa, Florida and joined the firm of Johnson, Blakely, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel and Burns, P.A., where he became a shareholder in the firm. In February, 1993, he formed his own law firm, Daniel L. Moody, P.A., where he continued to practice until the formation of Moody & Shea, P.A. in February, 1997.

In addition to being admitted to practice in all state courts in the State of Florida, Dan is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan has also received an AV rating - the highest possible Peer Review Rating - from his peers for his legal ability and professional ethics according to the Martindale-Hubbell Directory.


Dan is a current member of the American Bar Association ("ABA"), Litigation Section and the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. Dan has been a member of numerous local, state and national construction industry and legal organizations, including: the Contractors and Builders Association of Pinellas County ("CBA"), Pasco Builders Association, Florida Home Builders Association, National Association of Home Builders, Suncoast Utilities Contractors Association, American Subcontractors Association ("ASA") and the Construction Specifications Institute. He has been actively involved in leadership roles having served on the board of directors and as the Associate Vice President of CBA, having also served on the board of directors of the Florida Gulfcoast Chapter of ASA, and as the President of the West Pasco/North Pinellas chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Dan has served as an arbitrator and a mediator on construction issues for the American Arbitration Association. He is also the founder and President of Dispute Resolution and Management, Inc. ("DR&M"), a corporation that provides mediation and arbitration services as well as litigation consulting and management service for the construction and real estate industries.

Dan is frequently called upon as a speaker/lecturer on legal matters for construction industry organizations and has developed, planned and conducted dozens of seminars for the construction industry. He has authored numerous articles which have appeared in local, state and national publications, including:

  • Builders, Limit Your Exposure to Implied Warranties, Homebuilder, Jan./Feb. 1992
  • Mandatory Radon Disclosures, CBA Today, May, 1992.
  • Protect Yourself!! Simple Precautions to Take When Dealing With Code Interpretations,
    Florida Forum, May, 1993
  • Protection Against Liability For Existing Conditions in Reroofing Jobs, Roofer Magazine, August, 1993
  • Following the Letter of the Law: The Importance of Strict Compliance When Learning the ABC's of Construction Lien Laws, Florida Forum, September, 1993
  • Compliance with Code Requirements...Who's Responsible?, Florida Forum, November, 1993
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Using your Imagination to Control Your Destiny, Florida Forum, December, 1993
  • Working with the System...How to Successfully Avoid and Resolve Disciplinary Complaints, Florida Forum, January, 1994
  • Defining the Worth of an Aging Roof: Courts Finally Recognize That Roofs Have a Limited Useful Life!, Florida Forum, February, 1994
  • Pay When Paid Clauses...When are they Valid?, Florida Forum, March 1994
  • Construction Bonds on Government Projects, Florida Forum, May 1994
  • Construction Bonds on Private Projects - What You Need to Know, Part Two - Answers to Commonly Asked Questions, Florida Forum, June 1994
  • Good News - 1994 Revisions to the Construction Lien Law are Few and Easy to Live With, Florida Forum, November, 1994
  • In Search of the Perfect Attorney, Florida Forum, March, 1995.
  • Construction Lien and Bond Law for the Subcontractor, The American Subcontractors Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Inc., 1996.
  • Subcontracts, Dispute Resolution, Collection and Bankruptcy Law for the Subcontractor, The American
  • Court Strikes Down "Notice to Owner" Form, CBA Today, May, 1999
  • Getting Paid! Construction Lien Law and Bond Claims, Collections, and the Impact of Bankruptcy on
  • Construction Lien Law, Construction Bonds, Bankruptcy Law, Collections, Security Agreements, and
  • Contributing author, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in Florida, Lorman Education Services, August, 2005.

Outside of the practice of law, Dan is an avid collector of legally obtained Native American Indian relics, primarily those from the State of Florida. He is a member of the Sunshine State Archaeological Society of Florida, the Tri-State Archaeological Society, The Kolomoki Archaeological Society, Inc., Arrowpack, and the Authentic Artifact Collectors Association (AACA). He is actively involved as a volunteer with the West Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been recognized for his years of work both as a Cubmaster and as the Program Director for the District's Cub Scout Summer Day Camp. He is a full-time single father of two sons with whom he enjoys archaeological exploration, camping, boating, and fishing.




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