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Meldie Marie Moore

Meldie Marie Moore

Practice areas:

Education, Family, Adoption, Criminal Defense

About Me

Passion for public service led me to a career in the Orange County District Attorney's Office where I served as a prosecutor for 16 years.  During that time, I completed over 100 criminal trials (36 juvenile, 33 misdemeanor, 33 felony) and hundreds of preliminary hearings.  I was assigned to Juvenile Court for a year and a half early in my career.  I felt very strongly about my responsibility, even as a prosecutor, to do what was in the best interest of the child. 


After felony panel, I was assigned to vertically prosecute felony domestic violence cases.  I also specialized in legal research and writing for several years. I researched, wrote, and argued over 250 felony motions, and I argued before the Court of Appeal.  I also developed and conducted training for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, various police agencies, colleges, and law schools. The topics of these trainings included Section 1538.5 Motions, Fingerprinting at Preliminary Hearings, Driving Under the Influence Arrests, Domestic Violence Prosecution, and No Contest Pleas.


For outstanding service to victims and witnesses of domestic violence, I was awarded the "Courts Community Service Award" by Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc.  I was also recognized as a "Diligent Prosecutor" by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).


I taught as an adjunct professor at Western State School of Law in 2004 and 2005, teaching one class on research and writing, and two classes on domestic violence.


In 2009, I earned my L.L.M. in Prosecutorial Science, at Chapman University School of Law.  My studies included Advanced Professional Responsibility, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Advanced Evidence, Criminal Law and Psychology, Handling the Homicide Case, and Jursidprudence.  As part of the Directed Research program, I researched and authored a legal article on the asportation element of kidnapping which was published in the California State Bar Journal in 2011.


In 2010, I left the District Attorney's office and formed a partnership where I could  focus on children's law.  We specialize in education law, adoptions, assisted reproduction law, and criminal defense of adults and juveniles. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Education: 50%
    5 years, 128 cases
  2. Family: 25%
    5 years, 68 cases
  3. Adoption: 20%
    5 years, 36 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    20 years, 5 cases



Hourly ($350-450/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

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    Meldie is a very experienced lawyer with a true passion for her law practice. She provides each and every client with extra personal attention that is rare among lawyers. She has a kind and strong personality, and makes all of her clients feel at ease and very satisfied with her representation. I have known Meldie for many years, and I highly recommend her.


    Yvette Gurwitz
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Jeremy Neil Goldman

    I have known Meldie Moore professionally since 1995. I have no hesitation endorsing her for any potential client in need of an attorney in her area of practice. She is highly skilled, and committed to achieving the best results for her clients.


    Jeremy Goldman Education Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Moore Law for Children

301 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

Moore Law for Children

16148 Sand Canyon Ave
Irvine, CA, 92618




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Community Service Award - ProsecutorVictim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc.2006
Diligent ProsecutorMothers Against Drunk Driving1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Appointed Counsel Panel MemberAppellate Defenders, Inc.2011 - Present
PartnerGurwitz Moore, LLP.2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorChapman Law School2002 - 2003
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County & District Attorney's Office1994 - 2010
Intern Clerk to Justice Armand ArabianCalifornia Supreme Court1993 - 1993

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Women Lawyers Associationmember2010 - Present
Orange County Bar Associationmember1994 - Present
California District Attorneys AssociationChairperson, Crime Charging Committee 20031994 - 2010
Orange County Deputy District AttorneysPresident, Vice-President, member1994 - 2010

Publication NameTitleDate
California Bar Criminal Law JournalGoing the Distance: The Asportation Requirement for Simple and Aggravated Kidnapping in California2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawProsecutorial ScienceLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Pepperdine Univ SOLLawlaw1994
Franklin & MarshallEnglishundergraduate1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Womens' Speaker's BureauDomestic Violence2003