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Meldie Marie Moore

Education Attorney at Laguna Beach, CA

4.8   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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About Meldie

Learn Meldie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Education
    I assist parents obtain FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) regarding both placement and services for children with special needs. I represent students facing suspension and expulsion, including Title IX investigations in higher education.

    13 years, 352 cases

  2. Adoption
    I assist birth mothers and adopting families with independent domestic adoptions, step-parent adoptions, relative adoptions, foster parent adoptions, and adult adoptions.

    13 years, 207 cases

  3. Family
    Family Dissolution and Family Formation: We practice the traditional divorce and custody cases, doing mediation and domestic violence cases. We also as well practice assisted reproduction technology law: surrogacy, sperm donation, and egg donation.

    13 years, 191 cases

  4. Estate planning
    Our comprehensive estate plan services for singles or married couples includes: Advanced Health Care Directives, Financial Powers of Attorney, Wills, a Trust, a Property Agreement, Naming Guardians, HIPAA authorizations, and Special Needs Trusts.

    4 years, 6 cases

  5. Other

I am a mother.  I am a lawyer. I specilaize in childrens law, specifically adoption, assisted reproduction technology law, school discipline and special education. 


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.  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. 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, after forming my own family through adoption and assisted reproduction technology, I left the District Attorney's office and formed a partnership where I could  focus on children's law.  We specialized in education law, adoptions, assisted reproduction law, and criminal defense of adults and juveniles. 


In 2013, I opened Moore Law for Children, where I combine my compassion for family, committment to excellence, and extensive experience to provide outstanding competent legal service to my clients. 

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Moore Law for Children, A Professional Corporation
361 Forest Avenue
Suite 201
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651


4.8 / 5.0
  34 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Meldie has a reputation in the industry as a power house and she definitely lives up to it. She is a superstar!!! and is by far, the best. She was able to get Irvine Unified School District to cover my grandson's residential placement after a year long battle. I HIGHLY recommend her.
Response from Meldie Moore November 2, 2021
We take pride in giving outstanding service to every client here at Moore Law for Children. And we are honored to have been abed to help your grandson get to the placement he needed. Thanks for leaving the wonderful review!
Posted by Matt | September 30, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Meldie is a consummate professional and a powerful advocate for kids. Her staff is tremendous and I highly recommend
Response from Meldie Moore October 6, 2021
Matt, thank you for your kind words. It is our honor to help families like yours.
Posted by Maryam | June 25, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Very caring
I just want to be a testimony of how caring and reliable Meldie has been to me. They are very understanding and trustable. If you have any case regarding adoption they are the right people and right law firm. I was very lucky to find them. I found them through googling because of their high rating and now I see that every testimonial was right. Thanks Meldie and Monica. I always pray that you continue to help people and be strong.
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Posted by A Frightened Dad | December 4, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Really helped us understand the process
We spoke with Meldie in reference to our son getting suspended and potentially expelled. She really knew her stuff and explained things in great detail. She is not cheap - but keeping your kid in school is well worth the money.
Posted by Stephanie | September 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer for Education
Meldie is nothing short of amazing. She made sure all of our child's needs where met and she got everything she deserved as a child with special needs.
Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Meldie assisted us with our legal issue with incredible kindness, professionalism and astute and thorough knowledge of both civil and educational law. She also had great relationships with many of the parties involved. She is well regarded and highly respected in the legal community which benefitted our case and outcome in the end. We highly recommend Meldie, and in fact I’ve referred her twice already. Her experience and mastery of the law was impressive and ultimately allowed our family to get back on track and heal from our devastating legal ordeal.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2019
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Meldie was instrumental to our successful outcome.
She helped us navigate the complicated and totally biased Title IV process, ultimately allowing us to successfully overturn their faulty ruling. She is a compassionate lawyer that really provided invaluable guidance and comfort throughout this painful process.
Posted by Richard | May 17, 2019
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Richard H.
Meldie recently helped appeal an inappropriate school suspension decision against my high school child. She proved to be very responsive and knowledgeable with great professional judgment ability. She further saved us time and money by advising us to run another informal round of private discussion with the school bedore filing a formal appeal, which approach worked out rather effectively. We would recommend her without hesitation to any other parent who may need education legal assistance in OC and the neighboring cities!
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Posted by Betsy | February 26, 2019
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Extremely satisfied!
We hired Meldie Moore to help us with an educational matter. This involved representing our son in a continuing education program designed for disabled adults. Our lawsuit also involved the campus police. We were seeking justice and we prevailed. It really ended up being a win-win for both sides.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me through the darkest time of my life
My title basically sums it all up. When I first met with Meldie, she was extremely professional and let me feel I could take as long as I needed during our initial consultation. First impressions are very important to me. Meldie was always available and responded in a timely manner. The most important thing was she always reassured me. I understand she couldn't guarantee the outcome I wanted, but I always left our conversations feeling so reassured that she was doing everything and anything she could, fighting in my corner. In the end, I am so fortunate that Meldie was able to help and guide me along the way. I will never forget how much she helped me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2018
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Highly Recommended!!!
Meldie Moore is an exceptional attorney! Her expertise and attention to detail is only surpassed by her dedication and commitment to her clients and achieving the very best possible outcome. Meldie is smart, confident, professional and fights for your child. We could never imagine achieving our results without Meldie at the helm! We are so incredibly grateful for all Meldie did for us and would highly recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
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Very efficient
The entire process from contacting the firm to meeting with Meldie was seamless. I appreciate her fast response and domain expertise around options for dealing with a difficult situation for my adult son in trade school.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2017
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The FIRST and ONLY attorney you should call
Had we not turned to Meldie Moore for guidance, our lives and the life of our child would have been profoundly different. It was Meldie, not the doctors, not the psychiatrists, not the counselors, not the clergy, not the school; but Meldie Moore who guided us and our child through one of the most difficult challenges of our lives. Our child, a "good" but very social shy kid, faced a mental break down due to a trauma mid High School. The options offered by "specialists" after thousands and thousands of dollars spent, offered no solution. The school was empathetic but unable to offer any direction. Short of "sending our child away" as recommended by "experts" who could never even direct us to where "away" was suppose to be nor tell us if "away" would even help, we found ourselves under Meldie's calm, knowledgeable and steadfast care. We also realized that Meldie knew more about every option available to our child than any of the experts combined. The School District did not know of or offer Meldies resources and depth of information. Meldie however knew the ins and outs of the school district, players involved, options available and what we could reasonable expect. The district knew her too and treated her with respect. Meldie met with our child personally and formed a relationship with thoughtful insight which enable her to offer ideas and options more suited to our child that we were able to explore. She went the extra step to put us in touch with other parents who had walked a path similar to ours who shared ideas and candor. Knowing we were not alone and that others had experienced similar pain, lessened the immense sadness and grief we were feeling as our world turned upside down and we struggled to understand it. Through Meldie we were able to exercise our child's IEP to complete High School at an amazing private school based on a supportive 1;1 teaching module combined with a therapeutic, wellness and life skills focus. Our child went from a child who would not get out of bed to face the day to a return of their former self as an engaged A student, eating and living a healthy life and looking forward to college. Had we not found Meldie we would have listened to "experts" and lost our child to an over priced RTC program with no guarantee of success. Instead our child stayed in our home, where we could give and get love in return, while we as parents and Meldie as advocate and our new found school led our child back onto the path of healing, self acceptance and wellness. Years ago in college I read a phrase that has stuck with me all my life, not knowing why until this past year. It was attributed to Confucius and it stated: "Do not walk in my head with your dirty feet". When you and your child are in crisis..... Dirty feet abound. Meldie's feet are clean and the path she walks and knowledge she offers are very clear. Go to her, listen to her and hire her if you should ever find yourself or someone you love in need. We are grateful we did and hope that this testimony will guide your heart to make the best possible choices for your loved one too.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
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Meldie is wonderful!
Within a short time frame Meldie took on our case. My child was up against a district transfer among other harsh punishments, and Meldie was able to quickly get us up to speed and kept us informed along the way. She was very professional to us as well as others and was very empathetic to our situation. She was available to answer questions, meet with us, and also met with our child to help ease their nerves with an upcoming board review. My child felt very comfortable with her as well. Meldie was able to negotiate and accomplish a desired result for our child's well being and had our childs best interest at heart. We feel very fortunate that Meldie was recommended to us as we felt like we needed someone with experience with the school system and laws. She knew her stuff. I would highly recommend Meldie to anyone who's facing potential unfair punishments upon your child.
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2016
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Adoptive Parent to be
Meldie Moore is a fantastic attorney! I had no idea what questions to ask or what to do for an adoption. I felt so comfortable with her, she walked me through the process step by step. If I had questions throughout it, I could call her up and ask her anything or send her an email and she would always get right back to me. She knows her stuff and told me everything that would happen, what forms I would have to fill out, information that I needed to provide and prepared me for each phase of the adoption. She and her staff were so helpful, kind and always there for me. I am grateful for everything they have done for me. She has made my dream come true!
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Posted by Lola | October 27, 2016
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Exceptional Adoption Attorney
As an adoption Social Worker, I have had the pleasure of working with Meldie Moore on numerous adoptions. Many have been complex with many issues to navigate. I have found her to be compassionate, caring, attentive, kind, always available (even on weekends and evenings) and very knowledgeable about adoption law and practice. She is amazing at what she does and would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal representation on an any adoption matter.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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Amazing Attorney
I would definitely recommend Meldie Moore to anyone in need of an attorney for their child or in family law. I have worked with other attorneys and she is by far the best we have encountered. She is knowledgable, organized, professional and she cares. That is the best combination when you are going through anything stressful or important. She takes care of every detail so you don't have to worry about anything big or small. Thank you Meldie!
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Posted by Christine | August 27, 2015
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We wanted the best and we got it!
Meldie was recommended to my husband by some of her old co-workers from her district attorney days. I liked her from the moment I met her. Meldie was patient, empathetic, but most importantly, competent in educational law and how to win a case against a school district refusing to provide special education services. My son received a continuing IEP after Meldie was brought onto the case, but before that, the school district had been abrupt and dismissive of my son's needs. Having her expertise and personality in the game changed the whole dynamic with the district.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2015
Life Changing
Meldie has given both my boys a chance at a better education. We have struggled getting the help we needed for both my boys who have a learning disabilities. It was tough because they appeared to be doing well yet continued to struggle with tests and were reading below grade level. Meldie was able to get compensatory education for both my boys. My older son who was ready to give up is now going to college and my youngest son will now have that same opportunity. I am so grateful to Meldie and her staff for her commitment to my boys and there education.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Meldie helped me with legal issues regarding school policies. She has high confidence and competence that gave me peace of mind in a tough situation. She is very professional and available at every step along the way. If I or a friend were ever in need of legal assistance, I would go strait to her.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-550 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Appointed Counsel Panel Member
  • Appellate Defenders, Inc.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gurwitz Moore, LLP.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Chapman Law School
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County & District Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Intern Clerk to Justice Armand Arabian
  • California Supreme Court
  • 1993 - 1993
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  • Chapman University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2009
  • Pepperdine Univ SOL
  • law
  • 1994
  • Franklin & Marshall
  • undergraduate
  • 1990


  • California Assocation of Lawyers for Education (CALE)
  • Co-Founder and Co-President
  • 2020 - Present
  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Chairperson, Crime Charging Committee 2003
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Orange County Deputy District Attorneys
  • President, Vice-President, member
  • 1994 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award - Prosecutor
  • Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc.
  • 2006
  • Diligent Prosecutor
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 1998


  • Orange County Lawyer
  • Senate Bill 115 Would Give Sperm Donors Standing to Petition for Paternity
  • 2013
  • OC Family online publication
  • Education for Children with Special Needs: Answers Every Parent Should Know
  • 2013
  • OC Family online publication
  • Adoption: It's Not Just for Babies.
  • 2013
  • California Bar Criminal Law Journal
  • Going the Distance: The Asportation Requirement for Simple and Aggravated Kidnapping in California
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Special Education Law in Dependency and Delinquency
  • Special Education
  • 2015
  • Placement options in Special Education
  • Special Education
  • 2014
  • Womens' Speaker's Bureau
  • Domestic Violence
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
Endorse Meldie
Adoption Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Moore provides a much-needed service on Avvo and donates time to individuals who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Guardianship Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When Meldie Moore says she cares and fights for children she is speaking the truth. I watched as Meldie devoted herself to helping 3 orphaned siblings secure the safest most loving family environment for their future guardianship. Meldie is responsive and makes herself available at all hours to help her clients. I couldn't give a higher recommendation."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred Ms. Moore several times and she always does an outstanding job! My clients are fans of of her firm and how she has handle the matter. I would highly recommend Ms. Moore"
Adoption Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meldie is an expert in the field of adoption and education law and is highly recommended."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Meldie and I worked together on an education matter that involved significant legal and political issues. Meldie is a work horse and will do whatever it takes to zealously represent her client. I was able to reach Meldie at all hours including weekends which was critical to the pressure and timing of getting our issue in front of the local government body. She knows how to advocate for her client while bringing practical skills to the table. She is such a pleasure to team with!"
Education Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Meldie is a caring, fearless and experienced attorney, forming a unique combination of qualities that would benefit clients seeking help with sometimes emotionally complicated situations. I highly recommend her."
Adoption Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you are looking for someone who is honest, highly intelligent and truly compassionate, look no further. I have known Meldie Moore for almost 20 years and could not think of a more caring and devoted professional. She is an extremely hard worker, is resourceful and makes sure things get done right the first time. Once you meet her you will see what I mean. Do not hesitate to call her and get the best legal advice from someone who is at the top of her field, you will not be disappointed."
Education Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am very happy to endorse Meldie. Having known Meldie for several years and even opposed her in cases, I can say, first hand, she is an extremely well known, well respected and excellent attorney. Meldie has superior ethical values that are very hard to find in attorneys. I am more than confident that she will zealously represent her clients to the fullest extent of the law."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Meldie has been my toughest opponent in 11 years of practice. She is super smart, methodical, and wins her cases. I respect her as a lawyer and friend. She definitely knows what she is doing and will undoubtedly provide proper legal representation on any case that she gets her hands on."
Education Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
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Laguna Beach Education Lawyer Meldie Marie Moore
Meldie Marie Moore
Education Attorney
Laguna Beach, CA
Licensed for 29 years