Maggie McCall Moody has practiced law in the Tallahassee Community for 27 years. The McCall Moody Law Firm handles exclusively Marital and Family Law matters. Ms. Moody worked with the Supreme Court of Florida implementing the Family Courts Initiative which created the Unified Family Courts in Florida. Her work with the judges and legislators who created a separate division of the Florida courts dedicated exclusively to family law cases included assisting with judicial education, legislative relations, and providing primary support to the Family Court Steering Committee. Ms. Moody was selected by the court to serve as its liaison to both the Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence and The Florida Bar Adoption Task Force. She served as principle staff for the State Courts Administrator's Office in the formation of the family law rules and forms. Before working for the Supreme Court of Florida, Ms. Moody practiced in the trial and appellate courts handling matters in administrative, civil and criminal law. Her early appellate work includes seven published opinions, three from the Supreme Court of Florida.
While Ms. Moody now practices exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law, her experience in private practice includes transaction, civil, estate, probate, family, administrative and appellate law. In addition to her experience in trial and appellate courts, Ms. Moody has substantial governmental expertise, having held positions with the Supreme Court of Florida, the Florida Senate, and the Florida House of Representatives through nine regular legislative sessions and seven special sessions. As a Chief Attorney and Counsel Director with the Florida House of Representatives, Ms. Moody assisted the leadership, members and constituents with legal matters in the areas of constitutional law, real property and probate law, family law, the judiciary, state administrative law, juvenile justice and local government and military affairs. During her years with the Florida House of Representatives, Ms. Moody built upon the legal and policy expertise she developed while Staff Director of the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee.
During her years of legislative experience, Ms. Moody drafted and analyzed legislation as well as provided legal counsel to the legislators as issues and legislation developed. In addition, from 1998-2000 Ms. Moody served as supervisory staff over the general masters handling the forty claims bills filed with the Florida House of Representatives. She previously served as a general master in the Senate. Ms. Moody represented the Florida House of Representatives as assistant counsel for Amicus Curiae, The Florida House of Representatives: Kainen et al v. Katherine Harris. The prior year, Ms. Moody assisted with the drafting of and litigation relating to the Death Penalty Reform Act 2000 resulting from the United States Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of Florida's use of the electric chair in carrying out the death penalty. In addition to serving as staff to numerous standing committees and two successive councils of the Legislature, Ms. Moody served as staff to several specially created committees during her legislative employment including The Joint Committee on Article V (Constitutional Revision 7), The Supreme Court Workload Commission and the Senate President's Select Committee on Tort Reform.
Ms. Moody is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in all Florida state and appellate courts. Her prior professional associations include the Tallahassee Bar Association and The National Order of Barristers. Ms. Moody has made presentations for various groups including The Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, The Appellate Law Clerks, The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and the Tallahassee Paralegal Association. Ms. Moody also previously served on the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council; The Florida Bar: CLE Committee; chair of the First District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and Board of Directors of The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. She has held memberships in the Tallahassee Bar Association; National Order of Barristers; Tallahassee America Inns of Court and Family Law, Real Property Probate and Trust Law, & General Practice Solo and Small Firm sections of The Florida Bar.
Ms. Moody has been active in the community serving as a volunteer for both Teen Court and Justice Teaching. Ms. Moody has served on the Board of Directors for several community organizations including Big Bend Pop Warner, Children's Home Society, Easter Seals and the Family Enrichment Center. She has also served as a member of the FSU Film Producer’s Guild, a mentor and sponsor through the College Reach Out Program (CROP), as a member or co-chair of the Awards Committee and the Education Committee for The Red Hills Horse Trials and as a parent volunteer in local schools and various youth athletic programs.
Ms. Moody is a former high school English teacher who received her Bachelor’s of Science Education degree in the fields of History and Journalism from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. There she was a member of both Kappa Delta Phi, Education Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University College of Law where she competed with the Trial Advocacy Team, was a published member of The Stetson Law Review and was selected as a Research and Writing Teaching Fellow. While earning her law degree, Ms. Moody received the Elizabeth M. Leeman Award for best student publication, the American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility, the Judge Victor O. Wehle Award in Trial Practice, the Award of Merit for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy during the National Trial Competition, and the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Medal from the American College of Trial Lawyers for Excellence in Advocacy.