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Diane Marger Moore is a board certified civil trial attorney, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is an accomplished attorney, public servant, magistrate, educator, mediator, arbitrator, lecturer, writer, editor, and community service volunteer. Throughout her career she has tried over 200 jury trials in courts across the United States. As an attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, she focuses on the firm's whistleblower protection cases and commercial transportation accident litigation.
In a career spanning four decades, Diane has gained a wide array of experience from positions she has held in private practice and those committed to public service and protecting the public. She began her career as a public servant by accepting judicial appointments of cases and conducting complex federal criminal litigation as a federal public defender, handling securities fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, and general criminal matters.
As an attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, she focuses on the firm's whistleblower protection cases and commercial transportation accident litigation.She later worked as a Deputy Attorney General in Indiana's Federal Litigation Division, Civil Rights Section where she defended the State of Indiana in federal civil rights cases and general federal litigation matters. She then prosecuted arson cases, among others, as the Chief Deputy Arson Prosecutor and Felony Court supervisor where she supervised other senior prosecutors and litigated complex circumstantial felony cases.
Diane went onto become a Master Commissioner and Magistrate in the Major Felony Division of Indiana's Marion County Superior Court where she served as a judicial officer presiding over non-jury and jury trials and hearings. She also served in the Civil Division where she handled complex civil cases.
As a senior attorney for the Division of Insurance Fraud, a state law enforcement agency known as DIF, in the Florida Department of Financial Services, Diane prepared complex, high profile fraud cases for prosecution throughout the State of Florida. She later served as the managing attorney for Children's Legal Services for Florida's Department of Children and Families.
She also practiced law in the state of Georgia, which is where she handled her first cases involving aviation law. She represented the Fulton County Aviation Authority in defending many aviation matters. She also has experience representing trucking companies (through their insurers) and handling other substantial insurance litigation, with an emphasis on complex causation, fraud and arson matters, in Florida and Indiana.
Diane's experience in working with government agencies gives her distinctive insight into conducting investigations and working with prosecutors in whistleblower qui tam litigation and mass disaster litigation. Her success arguing cases as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney in civil and criminal proceedings makes her uniquely suited to handle a variety of complex cases.
She has held several legal teaching positions throughout her career, starting out as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia, School of Law in Athens, Georgia, during which time she also provided legal counsel to Georgia's maximum security prisoners. Diane then developed and taught advanced criminology courses to law enforcement officers as an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Tift College.
A few years later Diane became an Adjunct Law Professor at Nova University (Florida), where she taught Master level law courses and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at the university's Center for Study of Law. She then moved to Indiana where she became the Department Head for the Paralegal Program at the International Business College in Indianapolis, just before beginning her position at the Office of Attorney General.
Coral Gables, Florida, 1953
Florida State University (B.A., with honors, 1974) University of Georgia (J.D., 1978) International Moot Court Team, 1976 - 1977 Editorial Staff, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, 1976 - 1978 Dean's List, Moot Court Executive Board, Dean's List, 1977 - 1978 National Institute for Trial Advocacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, May - July 1980 NITA - Teacher Training Session, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 1982 Advanced Arson / Explosives for Prosecutors, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia, April 1996
Georgia, 1978 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1978 Florida, 1979 Louisiana, 1979 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1983 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1983 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida Trial Court, 1986 Indiana, 1990 United States Court of Claims, 1991 U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1993 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1994 U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2005 District of Columbia, 2013
Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy Awards and Honors:
Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2012 Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10 AV® Peer Review Rated through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell® University of Georgia School of Law, Order of the Barristers (National Moot Court Honorary), 1978 Florida Bar President's Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Division, 1989 Florida Bar President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Section, 1992 Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Coordinator, Women Law Students Association, 1977 – 1978 World Secretary, World Law Students Association, 1977 – 1979 Florida Bar Florida Bar Commission on Lawyer Professionalism,1987 - 1989 Chairman of Florida Bar subcommittee “Communication Professionalism to the Public” Editorial Board, Florida Bar Journal, 2009 – present Florida Bar Grievance Committee “H,” 17th Judicial Circuit, 1986 -1989 Board of Governors, Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division,17th Judicial Circuit, 1987 - 1989 Chairman, Starting on Your Own Committee,1987 -1988 Chairman, Guardian Ad Litem Committee,1987 - 1989 Editor, Florida Bar Journal, Column for Young Lawyers Division,1988 -1989 Florida Bar Criminal Law Section: Chairman, Committee on Indigent Counsel, 1987 - 1990 Florida Bar Criminal Law Section: Executive Council, 1991 – 1993 State Bar of Georgia Elected, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, Appalachian Judicial Circuit, 2005 - 2009 Mentor, State Bar of Georgia, helping law students transition into Law Programs, 2006 - 2012 Indiana State Bar Association Chairman, Client's Financial Assistance Fund Committee, Board of Governors, State Bar of Indiana, 2000 - 2002 Committee on the Civil Rights of Children, State Bar of Indiana, 1994, 1996 – 1999 Editor, Res Gestae (Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Indiana's Written Publication Committee) Board of Governors, 1997 - 1999 Facilitator, School Mediation Project, State Bar of Indiana, 1994 Louisiana State Bar National Board of Trial Advocacy The American Association for Justice: Leader's Forum; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP); Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section, Products Liability Section
Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Florida, 1986 - 1987 Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Indiana's Federal Litigation Division, Civil Rights Section, 1992 - 1994 Chief Arson Prosecutor, Marion County Felony Division, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1995 - 1997 Master Commissioner and Magistrate, Marion County Superior Court, Major Felony Division / Civil Division, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1999 - 2001 Senior Attorney, Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, 2009 – 2010 Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2009 - 2010 Managing Attorney, Children's Legal Services, Florida Department of Children and Families, Panama City, Florida, 2010 - 2011
Legal Teaching Positions:
Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia - School of Law, Athens, Georgia, September 1977 - June 1978 Assistant Professor Criminology, Tift College, Forsyth, Georgia. Developed and taught advanced criminology courses, including “Criminology” and “Policy Report Writing” to law enforcement officers in evening division, March 1979 - August 1979 Adjunct Law Professor, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, taught Masters level course on “School Law” (AS516), Summer Semester, 1984 Adjunct Law Professor, Nova University Center for Study of Law, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, January 1984, January 1985 (and other demonstrations and lectures) Department Head, International Business College, Indianapolis, Indiana, Paralegal Program, August - December 1992
Presentations / Speeches / Instructor:
Topic: “Innovative Defense Techniques” Organization: Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia Event: Seminar Location: Atlanta, Georgia Date: September 1981
Position: Assistant Team Leader Organization: National Institute for Trial Advocacy Event: S.E. Regional Program Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina Date: May 1982
Position: Faculty Organization: Emory University Event: NITA Trial Techniques Program Location: Atlanta, Georgia Date: January 1982, January 1983
Position: Faculty on Criminal Law Organization: Georgia Continuing Legal Education Event: Bridge-the-Gap Seminar Location: Atlanta, Georgia Date: January 1982, January 1983
Topic: “Conflicts of Interest in Multi-Defendant Cases” Organization: The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Inc. Event: Annual Seminar Location: Lake Tahoe, Nevada Date: March 1983
Topic: Federal Practice Organization: Florida Legal Assistants, Inc. Event: Semiannual meeting Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Date: October 6, 1983
Topic: Teaching team member Organization: Stetson University College of Law Event: Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program Location: Gulfport, Florida Date: December 2 - 4 , 1984
Topic: “Impact of Bail Reform Act of 1984” Organization: National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies Event: Seminar on New Issues in Federal Practice Location: Miami, Florida Date: October 1986
Topic: “Interviewing and Counseling of Clients” Organization: Florida Bar Event: Bridge-the-Gap Seminar Location: Winter Park, Florida Date: October 1988
Topic: “Motion Practice in Criminal Cases” Organization: Florida Bar Event: Young Lawyer Seminar on Criminal Practice Location: Tampa, Florida and Miami, Florida, Date: November 1991
Topic: “Adjusting Condominium Losses: The New Florida Condominium Act” Organization: Crawford and Company Event: Annual Property Seminar Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Date: August 1992
Topic: “Civil Rights and Statutory Disputes: Resolving Civil Rights and Title VII Cases through Mediation” Position: Trainer, Advanced Mediation Training Organization: Indiana Association of Mediators Event: Advanced Mediation Training Location: Indianapolis, Indiana Date: October 29, 1994
Topic: Speaker and Panel Member: “How to Set Up a Law Practice” Organization: Second Annual Women and the Law Event: Bench - Bar Conference Location: Culver, Indiana Date: February 2006
Topic: Faculty: Trial Skills Organization: University of Georgia School of Law, State Bar of Georgia Event: Georgia Trial Skills Clinic Location: Athens, Georgia Date: 2003 – 2006
Topic: Faculty: Advanced Criminal Trial Practice Organization: State Bar of Georgia; University of Georgia School of Law Event: Gary Christie Memorial Trial Skills Clinic (formerly Advanced Trial Practice Clinic) Location: Athens, Georgia Date: 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2011
Topic: Faculty Chairman: Trial Practice for Dependency Cases Organization: Florida Department Children and Families Event: Children's Legal Services First Annual Trial Training Seminar Location: Panama City, Florida Date: April 2011
Topic: “Whistleblower (Qui Tam) Litigation in Indiana: The Facts and Recent Decisions” Organization: Indiana State Bar Association Event: Women's Bench Bar Retreat Location: Culver Cove, Indiana Date: March 3, 2012
Topic: Qui Tam Litigation: Critical Issues—Identifying A False Claims Act Case, Drafting and Deciding Where to File” and Panelist “Panel Discussion: Handling Urgent Legal Matters Organization: The Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia Event: “Advanced Urgent Legal Matters Seminar at Sea” for Florida and Georgia Attorneys Location: Celebrity Cruise Line Eclipse Date: November 9 - 17, 2012
Topic: Professional Training Position: Teaching team member/team leader/facilitator Organization: University of Florida School of Law Event: Prosecutor/Public Defender Trial Training Program Location: Gainesville, Florida Date: 1985-1992, 2010 - 2013
Topic: Faculty: Trial Skills Organization: University of Georgia School of Law Event: Gary Christy Memorial Georgia Trial Skills Clinic Location: Athens, Georgia Date: June 27 – 30, 2013
Mediation and Arbitration:
American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators, 1990 - 1994 Nova University Mediation Training Session, December 1992 Advanced Mediation Training, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 1994 Certified Insurance Mediator, State of Florida, 1992 - 1996 Civil Mediation – Florida and Indiana, 1992 - 2001 Georgia Registered Mediator, 2009 - 2011
“Criminal Law in Georgia - Misdemeanors” published by Georgia Continuing Legal Education 1981 “Misdemeanor Practice in Georgia” published by Georgia Continuing Legal Education, Misdemeanor Practice, 1 1981 “Pretrial Motions in Criminal Cases” published by Georgia Continuing Legal Education Bridge-the-Gap 1981-1982 “The Trafficking Act and Youthful Offenders” Vol. III, No. 1 Crim. L. Section Newsletter, 1984; M. Kadish & R. Brofman, Trial Investigation and Preparation, Criminal Law Advocacy Series, Matthew Bender 1982 Contributing Author “New I.R.S. Reporting Law: A Further Decline of Client Confidentiality” 59 Fla. Bar J. 333 1985 “Interviewing the Client, Fact Investigation & Theory of Defense” Florida Pretrial Practice in Criminal Cases, Fla. Bar C.L.E. 1987 “Federal Practice in Southern District of Florida” Fla. C.L.E. 1989, (Reprinted 1990) “New Grievance Procedures: A Summary and Analysis” 65 Fla. Bar J. 35 1991 “Motion Practice in Criminal Cases” Fla. C.L.E. 1992 “Florida Criminal Appellate Practice - A New Lawyer's Guide” Attorneys Handbook, Fla. C.L.E. 1988 (updated 1989, 1990, 1992, & 1993) “Indiana's Corpus Delicti Rule: Time for A Change” Res Gestae 2001 “Felonious Wealth” HG.org, November 16 2012
Pro Bono & Civic Activities:
Precinct Committee Chairman, Center & Perry Townships, 1995 - 1999 Member of the Board of Directors, Adult and Child Mental Health Center, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1997 - 2001, Chairman of the Board 1999 - 2000 Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998 - 2001 Indiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - present Coordinator, Domestic Violence Task Force, Appalachian Judicial Circuit, 2002 - 2003 Vice President, Parent-Teacher Organization, Jasper Elementary School, 2002 - 2004 Georgia Bar Foundation, 2002 - present Board of Directors, Appalachian Children's Center, 2005 - 2006 Board of Directors, Appalachian Children's Shelter, 2008 - 2009 Board of Directors, Pickens County Arts Council, 2008 - 2010 Ambassador, Monticello Opera House, 2011 - present