Meldie Moore graduated with honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. During her college years, she volunteered as a big sister and as a teacher’s aide at a preschool for special needs children. Meldie moved to California, where she graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. During law school, Meldie worked as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian and externed at the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office, Division of Children’s Services. She served as an associate editor on Pepperdine’s law review and competed nationally on the moot court team. In 2009, Meldie furthered her legal education by obtaining a Masters in Law at Chapman University School of Law. She authored a legal article that was published in the California State Bar Journal in 2011. In 2013, Meldie published an article in the Orange County Lawyer Magazine entitled “Senate Bill 115 Would Give Sperm Donors Standing to Petition for Paternity.” [Read the Article] Meldie also published a 2019 article for OC Lawyer on Special Education, titled “Learning your ABCs, 123s, and IEPs: Special Education in Public Schools.” [Read the Article].
Passion for public service, and a desire to help women and children, led Meldie to a career in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She was a prosecutor for 16 years. During that time, Meldie completed over 100 criminal trials and hundreds of preliminary hearings on felony cases. Meldie specialized in legal research and writing for a large portion of her career. She researched, wrote and argued over 250 felony motions, and she has argued before the Court of Appeal. She also developed and conducted training for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, various police agencies, colleges, and law schools. Meldie served as an adjunct professor at Western State School of Law, teaching classes on research and writing, and domestic violence. During the course of her career, Meldie was committed to protecting the citizens of Orange County, especially the most vulnerable, children. Her passion was helping families of domestic violence, and she was specially assigned to handle these cases at both the misdemeanor and felony level. For her outstanding service to victims and witnesses of domestic violence, Meldie was awarded the “Courts Community Service Award” by Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc., and recognized for her hard work and dedication to the community by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Meldie was also recognized as a “Diligent Prosecutor” for tenacity in the prosecution of DUI cases and sensitivity to the needs of DUI victims by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
This commitment to and compassion for helping women and children led Meldie to enter the law partnership of Gurwitz Moore in 2010, a boutique law firm assisting families with children with special needs, children experiencing discipline issues at school and in the criminal justice system, and family formation through adoption and assisted reproduction. In 2012, Meldie opened her own law practice, Moore Law. Meldie continues to grow her firm, practicing with her team at Moore Law for Children, Professional Corporation, in these specialized areas.
See the 2019 article about Meldie Moore in the California Business Journal. [Read the article]
Of all the jobs throughout my life, the most important one is that of mother. Of all my valuables, the most precious are my children. And I know that is true for every parent. My promise to you is that I will fight for your family as I would my own.
I came to practice adoption, assisted reproduction technology (ART) law, and special education, through personal passion and experience. I myself suffered infertility and went through 8 long years of trying to become a mother. In 2008, my husband and I successfully became parents, when we adopted our older son and gave birth to our younger son through ART. I left my 16 year career as a prosecutor to have more flexibility to be there for my new family and work in an area I am passionate about. My business partner at the time had a son with Autism and together we started our special education and family formation practice. Both of my boys also received special education for speech therapy.
From the beginning, I had a dream to provide comprehensive legal services to families and children in all areas of law that affect them. It has been an honor to help families for the last decade in the areas of adoption, ART contracts, special education advocacy, school discipline and juvenile delinquency defense. I am thrilled to have expanded our services to family law and estate planning in 2020, achieving my dream of offering a comprehensive care law firm to meet the needs of children and families.
It is an honor and a blessing for me to help my clients with compassion and understanding, supporting them in their time of need. I have gathered a team of remarkable, intelligent, compassionate women who share my values. Our clients value our knowledge, experience, integrity, and compassion. They feel supported by and confident in Moore Law for Children to advocate tirelessly on their behalf. We provide peace of mind.
My mission is to continue to help our clients with their child and family law needs. Our clients are part of our Moore Law family. And nothing is more important than family.