High Dudgeon Stalking Huge Judgments

Date:18-06-1999
Publication:The New York Times
Author:Jan Hoffman
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Attorney(s):Thomas A. Moore
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Summary:This insightful profile of Thomas Moore showcased his passion, dedication and resounding successes in the field of medical malpractice. At the time of the article, Mr. Moore had 66 verdicts over $1 million. His methods inspire awe; the fact that he rarely refers to notes makes him a "jury-dazzler." When on trial, lunch is "five glasses of water and a banana," which prompted the Times reporter to call him a "lean, mean legal machine."

Mr. Moore grew up in Waterford, Ireland, the son of a police officer who died when Mr. Moore was seven. He spent eight years studying for the priesthood before going to law school at Fordham University. The writer noted his "searing empathy for the parents of his incapacitated clients." Mr. Moore has known great sadness-the loss of his younger brother-and also great joy with his three healthy children. "Your sense of what it means for a child to be deprived or held back a step is magnified when you have your own," Mr. Moore said. "A slight limp? A small learning disability? Intolerable." As one of his clients put it, Mr. Moore "elevated the process to something more than financial compensation-it feels cathartic."