Murphy & Mood, P.C.

Murphy & Mood, P.C.

Experience Excellence at Rockville, Maryland Litigation Law Firm

Firm Overview

Practical advice and clear communication
For the past 30 years, the law firm of Murphy & Mood, P.C. has been known for helping clients make the most logical and sensible legal choices that produce the most benefits. They attentively listen to your concerns, clearly and precisely explain potential legal strategies to you, and share their in-depth knowledge of the applicable area of the law. Attorneys Thomas D. Murphy and James A. Mood, Jr. take pride in effectively solving your cases and meeting your legal needs in ways that are satisfying to you.

The accomplished attorneys at Murphy & Mood, P.C. are well known for their integrity and exemplary legal service. In testimony to this, the firm's is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for their professionalism and ethics.

Murphy & Mood, P.C. can help you with legal matters related to:
-Civil litigation
-Family law
-Landlord/tenant matters
-Criminal litigation
-Estate planning
-Attorney grievance representation

Exceptional legal service at Murphy & Mood, P.C.
The firm's commitment to their clients is their number one priority. They work hard to obtain the best resolution for you in the most cost-effective, time-efficient manner possible. The attorneys at Murphy & Mood, P.C. are precise and winning litigators. Their goals are to provide each of their clients with unsurpassed personal attention from the initial consultation through the conclusion of your case, and to obtain a resolution that is consistent with the goals of each individual client. When cases proceed to trial, the firm stands ready to provide clients with the most zealous courtroom representation.

Rockville attorneys who are also leaders in the bar
The firm's attorneys are extremely active in the local legal community. Attorney Murphy is a past-president of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and in the past has served as president of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland (BAMC), as president of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation and as a delegate to the MSBA Board of Governors. Attorney Mood currently serves as the treasurer of the BAMC and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation.

Main Office

Main Office
31 Wood Lane
Suite 2
Rockville MD 20850




Maryland Litigators with Expertise and Versatility

The attorneys at Murphy & Mood, P.C. represent clients in a variety of legal matters. Their broad expertise and experience provides them with the analytical and litigation skills to provide counsel in your matter.

The firm's practice areas include the following. Please click on a practice area to find out more:
-Civil litigation
-Family law
-Landlord/tenant matters
-Criminal litigation
-Estate planning
-Attorney grievance representation

Civil litigation Cases can involve disputes of private law issues between individuals, businesses or non-profit organizations. Civil litigation can also entail public law issues.

Family law Divorce and custody cases may be resolved through mediation but can go to trial. Families need sensitive guidance through these emotionally difficult cases.

Contracts Disputes over contracts are common, but can be complex. A contract intends to formalize an agreement between two or more parties concerning a particular subject matter.

Landlord/tenant Landlords and tenants have rights, duties and responsibilities that can fall under federal, state, and local laws. These set the minimum standards for living conditions. Many issues often come up between parties.

Estate planning Goals of estate planning include ensuring that the greatest amount of the estate passes to the estate owner's beneficiaries, while paying the least amount of taxes and minimizing probate court involvement. Wills, trusts and powers of attorney are created.

Criminal defense This area includes all procedures and penalties connected with charging, trying, sentencing and imprisoning defendants in of crimes including murder.

Attorney grievance Murphy & Mood, P.C. has a strong reputation within the legal community. When lawyers are in trouble, they come to this firm.

Thomas D. Murphy

Murphy & Mood, P.C.

Peer Review Rating: AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.

Practice areas
-Civil litigation
-Criminal litigation

-Maryland, 1973
-District of Columbia, 1975
-Maryland Federal Court
-District of Columbia Federal Court
-Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

-University of Maryland School of Law, Juris Doctor 1973
-Wheeling College, Bachelor of Arts 1968

Associations & Memberships
-President, Maryland State Bar Association, 2010-2011
-President, Montgomery County Bar Association, 1991-1992
-President, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, 1992-1993
-Member, Board of Directors of Maryland Professionalism Center, 2012-2015
-Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2015
-Member, House of Delegates, American Bar Association, 1993-1994, 2009-2011, 2012-2015
-Member, Executive Council, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2012-2015
Bencher Member, Montgomery Inn of Court, President, 1998-1999,
-- Executive Committee, 1997-2004
-Fellow, American College of Trail Lawyers

Awards and Recognitions
-Recipient, Fifth Annual Professionalism Award,
-- Montgomery County Bar Association, 1995
-Recipient, the Daily Record Leadership In Law Award, 2010

Recognized in:
-The Best Lawyers in America
-Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
-Maryland Super Lawyers
-Top 100 Attorneys in Maryland
-Top Lawyers in Washington, D.C. Metro Area
-Top 100 Lawyers, Washington, D.C. Metro Area
-Baltimore and Washington, D.C.'s Top Lawyers
-Who's Who in American Law
-Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report

Military Service
-U.S. Army, 1968-70
-Combat service in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division, decorations include the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge

Biographical Details
-Born: Brooklyn, New York
-Assistant Public Defender, Montgomery County, Maryland, 1975 1978


University of Maryland School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

James A. Mood, Jr.

Murphy & Mood, P.C.

Peer Review Rating: BV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review.

Practice areas
-Civil litigation
-Criminal litigation

-Maryland, 1993
-District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994

-University of Maryland School of Law Juris Doctor 1993
--Honors: The Business Lawyer, Staff, 1991-92; Notes & Comments Editor, 1992-93
--Activities: American Bar Association (Student Division); Phi Alpha Delta
-Loyola College in Maryland, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1990
--Honors: Dean's List; Chairman of Honor Code Committee; Student Senator
--Activities: Pre-Law Society; Adam Smith Economics Society; Theater; Ski Club

Associations & Memberships
-American Bar Association: 1993 to Present
-Maryland State Bar Association ("MSBA"): 1993 to 2004
-Sixth Circuit Representative to
-MSBA Young Lawyers Section: 1998-2000
-Bar Association of Montgomery County ("BAMC"): 1994 to Present
-Secretary 2008-2009
-Treasurer-Elect 2011-Present
-BAMC New Practitioners Section: 1994 to 2004
-Senior Chair, BAMC New Practitioners Section: 2000-2001
-Junior Chair, BAMC New Practitioners Section: 1999-2000
-Montgomery County Bar Foundation Board of Directors: 2009 to Present
-Secretary 2009 to 2010
-Co-Chair, BAMC District Court Mediation Program: 1997 to 1999
-Montgomery County Bar Foundation Bar Leaders: 2000 to Present
-BAMC Annual Meeting Committee (Chairperson): 2011
-BAMC Bar Building Renovations Committee (Co-Chair) 2011
-BAMC Nominations & Elections Committee: 1999-2000, 2001-02
-BAMC Long Range Planning Committee: 1997, 1999 & 2003
-BAMC Ad Hoc Committee on Civility: 2000-01, 2001-02
-BAMC Ad Hoc Committee on Civility
-Drafting Subcommittee: 2000-01
-BAMC Fall, 2000 Bar Picnic, Planning Committee: 2000
-ABA Bar Leadership Institute: 2000
-American Inns of Court (Montgomery County Inn): Associate (1994-96)
-Barrister (2001-2004)

Awards and Recognitions
-2001 BAMC Outstanding Section Chair of the Year
-2011 SuperLawyers (Maryland and District of Columbia)
-2011 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms

-The Advocate, Vol. 15, No.2 (Winter, 2000), "Landlord/Tenant Update"

Published Opinions
-Richman, et ux. v. FWB Bank, 122 Md. App. 110, 712 A.2d 41 (1998)(on the brief)
-Richman, et ux. v. FWB Bank, 354 Md. 472, 731 A.2d 916 (1999)(on the brief)
-Tucker v. Tucker, 156 Md. App. 484 (2004), Inc. v. Gurland, 168 Md. App. 50, 895 A.2d 355, 24 IER Cases 551 (2006)(on the brief)

Biographical details
-Born: Dover, Delaware
-Notes and Comments Editor, The Business Lawyer, 1992 1993


University of Maryland School of Law
Juris Doctorate,