Diane Marger Moore

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Diane Marger Moore

Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
888-406-6726
Fax:
310-820-7444
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Diane Marger Moore is a practicing attorney who board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in pretrial practice and as a civil trial attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where she focuses her practice on whistleblower protection cases and transportation accident litigation. In a career spanning four decades, she has tried over 200 jury trials in courtrooms all over the country, gaining a wealth of experience from positions she has held in both private practice and in public service.

Her career in law began in Florida as a criminal defense attorney and federal public defender, handling lawsuits stemming from securities fraud, tax fraud, mail fraud and other complex and document intensive criminal matters. She later moved to Indiana, serving as Deputy Attorney General in Indiana's Federal Litigation Division, Civil Rights Section. In her post, she defended the state in federal civil rights cases, represented judges and handled other general litigation.

After leaving the Office of the Attorney General, Diane served as a chief deputy prosecutor in the Marion County Prosecutor’s office and was appointed as a Master Commissioner and Magistrate in the Major Felony Division, serving as a judicial officer in Indiana's Marion County Superior Court. She also worked in the Civil Division during this time, handling civil and jury trials and motion practice.

Diane also worked as a prominent trial attorney in Georgia for more than eight years, representing governmental agencies in employment claims, and private citizens in property and contract disputes and family litigation. Diane’s earlier practice in Georgia involved aviation practice including service as consulting counsel for the Fulton County Aviation Authority.

She then returned to her home State of Florida to work in government service as a prosecutor for the Division of Business and Professional Regulation and then for the Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, where she prepared high-profile fraud cases for prosecution throughout the state. Later, Diane became the managing attorney for Children's Legal Services in Florida's Department of Children and Families for the Florida panhandle counties surrounding Panama City.

Teaching has also been a big part of Diane's career. At one point she served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia and as an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia.  She has served as an adjunct professor at Nova University in the masters of education program (teaching school law) and as NITA (National Institute for Trial Advocacy) faculty member at the University of Florida and University of Georgia.

Her public service experience gives Diane valuable insight into conducting investigations and working with prosecutors in whistleblower lawsuits and mass disaster litigation. This, coupled with her success in arguing civil and criminal cases, as both a defense attorney and a prosecutor, make her uniquely suited to investigate, prepare and try complex civil cases.

Diane  is also the proud mother of two daughters which, she says, has provided great joy and taught her patience, tolerance and empathy.  She has Martindale Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating, an Avvo superb score of 10, and she is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She was also awarded with Avvo’s distinguished Clients’ Choice award.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Transportation Accidents
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Qui Tam Actions

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1979
  • Georgia, 1978
  • Indiana, 1990
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2005

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: International Moot Court Team, 1976 - 1977
    • Honors: Dean's List, 1977 - 1978
    • Honors: Moot Court Executive Board, 1977 - 1978
    • Honors: National Institute for Trial Advocacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May - July 1980
    • Honors: NITA - Teacher Training Session, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 1982
    • Honors: Advanced Arson / Explosives for Prosecutors, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, April 1996
    • Law Journal: Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, Editorial Staff, 1976 - 1978
  • Florida State University
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • "Criminal Law in Georgia - Misdemeanors,", Georgia Continuing Legal Education, 1981
  • "Misdemeanor Practice in Georgia,", Georgia Continuing Legal Education, Misdemeanor Practice, 1981
  • "Pretrial Motions in Criminal Cases,", Georgia Continuing Legal Education Bridge-the-Gap, 1982
  • "The Trafficking Act and Youthful Offenders", Vol. III, No. 1 Crim. L. Section Newsletter, 1984
  • Contributing Author, M. Kadish & R. Brofman, Trial Investigation and Preparation, Criminal Law Advocacy Series, Matthew Bender, 1982
  • "New I.R.S. Reporting Law: A Further Decline of Client Confidentiality,", 59 Fla. Bar J. 333, 1985
  • "Interviewing the Client, Fact Investigation & Theory of Defense," Florida Pretrial Practice in Criminal Cases, Fla. Bar C.L.E., 1987
  • "Federal Practice in Southern District of Florida,", Fla. C.L.E., 1989
  • "New Grievance Procedures: A Summary and Analysis,", 65 Fla. Bar J. 35, 1991
  • "Motion Practice in Criminal Cases,", Fla. C.L.E., 1992
  • "Florida Criminal Appellate Practice - A New Lawyer’s Guide," Attorneys Handbook, (updated 1989, 1990, 1992, & 1993), Fla. C.L.E., 1988
  • "Indiana’s Corpus Delicti Rule: Time for A Change," Res Gestae, 2001

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, Innovative Defense Techniques, Georgia Prosecutors’ Counsel Seminar, 1981 - Present
  • Faculty, Emory University NITA Trial Techniques Program, 1982 - 1983
  • Assistant Team Leader, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, S.E. Regional Program, 1982 - Present
  • Faculty, Criminal Law, Bridge-the-Gap Seminar, Georgia Continuing Legal Education, 1981 - 1982
  • Lecturer, Federal Practice, Florida Legal Assistants, Inc.,, 1983 - Present
  • Lecturer, "Conflicts of Interest in Multi-Defendant Cases", Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys’ Association, 1983 - Present
  • Speaker, "Impact of Bail Reform Act of 1984,", National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, 1986 - Present
  • Speaker, "Interviewing and Counseling of Clients,", Bridge-the-Gap Seminar, Fla. Bar C.L.E., 1988 - Present
  • Speaker - Motion Practice in Criminal Cases, Florida Bar - Young Lawyer Seminar on Criminal Practice, Tampa, Florida and Miami, Florida, 1991 - Present
  • Speaker, "Adjusting Condominium Losses: The New Florida Condominium Act,", Crawford and Company Annual Property Seminar, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 1992 - Present
  • Trainer, Advanced Mediation Training (Indiana Association of Mediators) Civil Rights and Statutory Disputes: Resolving Civil Rights and Title VII Cases through Mediation. October 29, 1994 - Present
  • Speaker and Panel Member, "How to Set Up a Law Practice,", Second Annual Women and the Law, Bench - Bar Conference, Culver Indiana, 2006 - Present
  • Teaching team member, Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program, University of Florida School of Law, 2010
  • Faculty, Georgia Trial Skills Clinic, University of Georgia School of Law, State Bar of Georgia, 2003 - 2006
  • Faculty, Advanced Criminal Trial Practice, State Bar of Georgia, University of Georgia, 2003 - 2006
  • Faculty, Advanced Criminal Trial Practice, State Bar of Georgia, University of Georgia, 2008 - 2011
  • Faculty Chairman, Trial Practice for Dependency Cases, Dept. Children and Families, 2011 - Present
  • Professional Training Facilitator, Stetson University College of Law, 1984 - 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Florida Bar President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Section, 1992 - Present
  • Florida Bar President’s Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Division, 1989 - Present
  • University of Georgia School of Law, Order of the Barristers (National Moot Court Honorary), 1978 - Present
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award, 2012
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • AV® Peer Review Rated through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Women Law Students Association, Coordinator, 1977 - 1978
  • World Law Students Association, World Secretary, 1977 - 1979
  • Florida Bar Commission on Lawyer Professionalism, 1987 - 1989
  • Chairman of Florida Bar subcommittee "Communication Professionalism to the Public"
  • Editorial Board, Florida Bar Journal, 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee "H," 17th Judicial Circuit, 1986 - 1989
  • Board of Governors, Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division,17th Judicial Circuit, 1987 - 1989
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division,17th Judicial Circuit, Chairman, Starting on Your Own Committee, 1987 - 1988
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division,17th Judicial Circuit, Chairman, Guardian Ad Litem Committee, 1987 - 1989
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division,17th Judicial Circuit, Editor, Florida Bar Journal, Column for Young Lawyers Division, 1988 - 1989
  • Florida Bar Criminal Law Section: Chairman, Committee on Indigent Counsel, 1987 - 1990
  • Florida Bar Criminal Law Section: Executive Council, 1991 - 1993
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Elected, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, Appalachian Judicial Circuit, 2005 - 2009
  • Mentor, State Bar of Georgia, helping law students transition into Law Programs, 2006 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Client’s Financial Assistance Fund Committee, Board of Governors, State Bar of Indiana, Chairman, 2000 - 2002
  • Committee on the Civil Rights of Children, State Bar of Indiana, 1994 - Present
  • Committee on the Civil Rights of Children, State Bar of Indiana, 1996 - 1999
  • Res Gestae (Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Indiana’s Written Publication Committee) Board of Governors, Editor, 1997 - 1999
  • School Mediation Project, State Bar of Indiana, Facilitator, 1994 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

Pro Bono Activities

  • Precinct Committee Chairman, Center & Perry Townships, 1995 - 1999
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Adult and Child Mental Health Center, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1997 - 2001
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Adult and Child Mental Health Center, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, Chairman of the Board, 1999 - 2000
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998 - 2001
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - Present
  • Coordinator, Domestic Violence Task Force, Appalachian Judicial Circuit, 2002 - 2003
  • Vice President, Parent-Teacher Organization, Jasper Elementary School, 2002 - 2004
  • Georgia Bar Foundation, 2002 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Appalachian Children’s Center, 2005 - 2006
  • Board of Directors, Appalachian Children’s Shelter, 2008 - 2009
  • Board of Directors, Pickens County Arts Council, 2008 - 2010
  • Ambassador, Monticello Opera House, 2011 - Present

Languages

  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish