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About me

I am a mother.  I am a lawyer. 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, 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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Practice areas

Licensed

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

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Todd Allan Spitzer

    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!

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    Todd Spitzer Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Diamond B Tran

    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.

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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Moore Law for Children

301 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199405/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
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
Associations
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
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
California Bar Criminal Law JournalGoing the Distance: The Asportation Requirement for Simple and Aggravated Kidnapping in California2011
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawProsecutorial ScienceLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Franklin and Marshall CollegeEnglishOther - Bachelors1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Womens' Speaker's BureauDomestic Violence2003