Charles Moore, Esq.
Office Phone: 858-366-1077
5205 Kearny Villa Way, Suite 105
San Diego, California 92123
Charles Moore was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1957 and his family moved to the USA in 1958. Mr. Moore graduated from Westport Central School in Westport, NY in 1975. He then attended the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, NY where he earned a BA in Economics. After SUNY, Mr. Moore worked factory and restaurant jobs until moving to Chicago, IL in 1982. In Chicago, Mr. Moore worked in the commodity futures industry,for firms both on the CBOT floor and in the back office operations. While still working in the commodities field, Mr. Moore began his legal career at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1983 attending the evening sessions. Mr. Moore earned his JD degree in 1988 and passed the Illinois bar that same year. Mr. Moore started working for the large Chicago firm Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban and Fuller (now Hinshaw, Culbertson) as a clerk in 1987 and then as an attorney in 1988.
While in law school, during summers Mr. Moore worked in the bicycle industry, became a Serotta Certified bicycle fitter and an amateur bicycle racer. Mr. Moore left Hinshaw in 1991 and moved to San Diego, California planning to just ride his bike. He got a job at a well respected bicycle retailer and worked as a professional bike fitter and custom bike seller. He became one of the best in his field and was one of only six people asked by Ben Serotta to attend a multi-day workshop in Saratoga Springs, New York that led to establishment of the Serotta International Cycling Institute. While working in the bike shop he met an attorney who offered contract work that eventually turned into full time work, thus pulling Mr. Moore back into the legal field. Mr. Moore was admitted to the California Bar in 1995.
After returning to the law, Mr. Moore earned a reputation for being able to rescue cases other attorneys had taken to the brink of dismissal and for being skilled in how to present cases in litigation. Consequently, he has participated in many high profile cases. Robles v. AutoZone, Inc., was an employment case that resulted in a $7.5 million dollar punitive damages verdict. AutoZone had used psychological coercion techniques (the same techniques condemned in the famous Miranda v. Arizona Supreme Court case) to coerce an employee into a false confession of theft and then fired him. The case was described in a column by Ralph Nader and led to Mr. Moore being quoted in the New York Times in an article about employers using coercive tactics to obtain employee confessions. As a result of the Robles case, Mr. Bohm sought Mr. Moore’s assistance in Kell v. Autozone and Cosby v. AutoZone, both of which resulted in $1.5 million verdicts.
Mr. Moore was the lead attorney on Johnson v. Prudential Ins. Co., an insurance bad faith case, from the beginning through trial and appeal. Darla Johnson was stricken with disabling illnesses including chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and made a claim for long term disability benefits to Prudential. Prudential paid the claim for 5 years and then arbitrarily terminated benefits although Ms. Johnson’s medical condition had not changed. The jury returned a verdict awarding $2 million compensatory damages and $14 million in punitive damages.
Other trials include Meehan v. CBIZ Benefits and Insurance (employment/defamation case, $1.1 million dollar compensatory damages verdict settled before punitive damages phase); Bryant v. SDG&E (employment/whistleblower case, $3.1 million dollar verdict); Johnson v. 505 West Madison Apts. (personal injury fire case, $1.1 million dollar total verdict). Mr. Moore has also participated in many large cases settled prior to trial.
Mr. Moore is highly experienced in many areas of law but has particular expertise in employment matters, Insurance bad faith, and personal injury law. He of course has particular expertise in bicycle injury and product liability cases.
When not practicing law, Mr. Moore enjoys photography, music and foosball. He has also recently resumed bicycle riding. He is an accomplished foosball player who has won numerous tournament titles.
- B.A. State University of New York College
- J.D. IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
- California State Courts
- U.S. Circuit Courts
- Central District of California
- Southern District of California
- State Bar of California
California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)