moody, williams & roper

History of the Law Firm

Moody, Williams & Roper, LLP., has served Chatham County's legal needs since 1927 when J. Lee Moody began his legal practice. In 1955, his son Jack A. Moody began practicing with him, and the firm's name changed to Moody and Moody, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

J. Lee Moody subsequently became a judge, and Jack A. Moody continued his legal practice while also serving in the North Carolina Legislature. Needing another lawyer to help with his expanding client base, Jack A. Moody asked J. Samuel Williams to join the firm in 1970. The firm's name changed to Moody, Moody & Williams, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

Jack and Sam practiced together until 1990 when Jack retired from the practice of law. Sam then began his search for a new law partner and asked C. Todd Roper to join the firm in 1990. The firm's name changed to Moody, Williams & Roper, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

North Carolina law established limited liability partnerships, and in 2001, Moody, Williams & Roper became a limited liability partnership, and changed its name to Moody, Williams & Roper, LLP. Sam and Todd continued to practice together, but given Chatham County's growth, they decided to hire another lawyer to serve Chatham County. The search ended with the employment of Joshua A. Lee in 2007.

Sam retired on December 30,2009, and in 2010, Josh became a partner with the firm necessitating another name change to Moody, Williams, Roper & Lee, LLP. Todd and Josh are currently enjoying their practice together and intend to keep the firm's legal tradition going strong.

For a more complete history, refer to the biography of Judge J. Lee Moody and the autobiographies of the lawyers contained in this section and The Lawyers page of this website.

J. Lee Moody

Judge MoodyJ. Lee Moody was born in Chatham County, NC on February 12, 1897. He was educated at Sylva Institute, Campbell College, and Wake Forest School of Law. He was a director of the Chatham Bank, a member of the Chatham County Board of Education, and a member of the North Carolina Legislature. He was Solicitor and Judge of the Chatham County Criminal Court for more than 25 years.

He married Lucy Anne Baldwin in 1925 and they had three children.

He was a member of the local and State Bar Associations and the Middle District Federal Court of North Carolina.

He began his law practice in 1927 and specialized in the general practice of criminal and civil law. His son, Jack A. Moody, joined him in 1955. They practiced together until his retirement in 1968.

He was a long-time member of Rives Chapel Baptist Church and died on November 17, 1978.

Jack Moody

jack moodyJack Moody was born on August 26, 1927 in Moore County, NC. He was a graduate of Campbell College, Elon College, and the University of Richmond School of Law.

He served in the United States Navy during 1945-46 and in the US Marines Corps during 1953-55, and was the assistant legal officer for the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC.

He was a past member of the NC Prisons Commission, a director of the NC Railroad Company, and a director of Sanford Savings and Loan Association and Planters Bank (now Centura Bank). He was also a member of the NC Legislature.

He is a member of all local and State Bar Associations, the NC Advocates for Justice and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel of America.

He practiced in Siler City from 1955 until his retirement in 1990 and specialized in the general practice of civil and criminal law.

He is married to Mary Helen Barden Moody and they have three sons.

He currently serves as a life trustee and deacon of First Baptist Church of Siler City.

J. Samuel "Sam" Williams

Sam WilliamsJ. Samuel "Sam " Williams was born in Columbus County, North Carolina on December 27, 1944. He was raised the last in a family of six. He graduated from Tabor City High School in 1963, and entered the University of North Carolina on a football scholarship the same year. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1967, after which he entered the Wake Forest University School of Law. He was a member of the Law Review and graduated cum laude in 1970.

He began practicing law in Siler City, North Carolina in 1970 with Jack Moody and continued until his retirement in 1990. Todd Roper joined the firm in 1989 and they practiced together from that date until September 2007 when Joshua Lee joined their firm. He married Sheila Riley from Carthage, North Carolina, and they were fortunate enough to have four children and nine grandchildren.

He belonged to all local and State Bar Associations and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He also belonged to the Middle District Federal Court of North Carolina and was a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.

He specialized in the general practice of law until his retirement on December 31, 2009.

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Jack Moody,
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