Diane Marger Moore

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
10940 Wilshire Blvd Fl 17
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Attorney | Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate & Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate
[email protected]

AVVO Superb Score 10 out of 10 | AV Peer Review Rated
Airline Crash Litigation, Aviation Accidents, Aviation Product Liability, Catastrophic Injury, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Commercial Truck Accidents, Consumer Fraud Litigation, Helicopter Crash Litigation, Personal Injury Law, Product Liability Law, Qui Tam Claims, Traumatic Brain Injury, Whistleblower Protection, Wrongful Death Law

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

Court Admissions:

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

Government Service:

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
“Misdemeanor Practice in Georgia”
published by Georgia Continuing Legal Education, Misdemeanor Practice, 1
“Pretrial Motions in Criminal Cases”
published by Georgia Continuing Legal Education Bridge-the-Gap
“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
“Interviewing the Client, Fact Investigation & Theory of Defense”
Florida Pretrial Practice in Criminal Cases, Fla. Bar C.L.E.
“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
“Motion Practice in Criminal Cases” Fla. C.L.E.
“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
“Felonious Wealth”
HG.org, November 16

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