Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

“Their practice is more like an art form – they approach it with absolute creativity!”

Edward P. Rudden – President and Owner, Accordia Consulting

Ann M. Moody

Ann M. Moody

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3026
Cell 703.615.1230
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Construction Litigation
  • Civil Litigation


  • Paralegal Program, George Washington University, 1978
  • B.A., College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 1978

Professional Memberships:

  • Board, National Capital Area Paralegals Association
  • Past member, Northern Virginia Board of Realtors


Ann M. Moody is the firm's senior trial paralegal. Her exceptional skills have been fostered through Judd Lifschitz's mentoring over the past 20 years. Working with Judd, she has gained extensive experience in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations and mediations.

Ann has been responsible for large teams of paralegals conducting discovery around the country, including a document production on a secure military installation, and preparing for and arranging depositions and international videoconferences. She is knowledgeable in working on electronic databases in Concordance and matters relating to e-discovery. Additionally, Ann has been involved in the preparation of trial graphics.

As part of a dynamic trial team, Ann believes that her attention to detail and extensive pre-trial preparation make it easier for the attorneys to their job, and, in turn, best serve the client. Ann meets with clients to review and organize responsive documents for production; participates in the privilege review of documents and is responsible for the return of the client's original documents.

At the end of jury trials, Ann will canvas the jurors to gain insight into their perception and comments on the trial team, which she then shares with the trial team. This insight has provided invaluable information to our trial team and allows our team to continue its tradition of working harder and smarter than the opposition when trying jury cases.

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When preparing for or attending trials and mediations, Ann brings an unmatched level of dedication and commitment to the trial team. Ann's belief is that if the trial team and client win, then she wins. She also believes that an intense commitment to perfection and detail is the core of any success, in or out of the courtroom. A prime example of this attention to detail is a three-month jury trial in federal court, in which the judge added Ann's daily log of admitted trial exhibits into evidence, superseding the clerk's daily record of exhibits.

Ann has a keen interest in horseback riding and is involved in the 2008 and 2009 DC Design House, an annual fundraiser benefiting Children's National Medical Center. Much like preparing for litigation, fundraising takes a commitment to team work, to do your best and to make the result really matter.


Ann has realized that with the surge of technology in electronic discovery, there has been a tremendous impact on document productions. She clearly understands how important it is to make sure the firm's clients are familiar with the new technology and aware of its ability to process and locate thousands of documents within seconds. What used to be an arduous task of reviewing and processing documents is now cost effective and instant.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?