NCAJ Member Spotlight
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Jon R. Moore
Jon Moore received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. A partner at Brown, Moore and Associates in Charlotte, NC, Jon was named as a Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine in each year from 2012 through 2016 in the field of Personal Injury, making him the only Charlotte lawyer to be named on this list for each of those years. Jon also serves on the Litigation Section Council for the North Carolina Bar Association, and on the Amicus Curiae committee for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, where he has assisted other attorneys by writing multiple briefs to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court on issues affecting all North Carolinians. He also currently chairs NCAJ's Products Liability Section.
What area of law do you practice and what attracted you to that area of law?
Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice. Toward the end of law school, I ditched my long-term plans and followed my heart by turning down a couple of job offers at large firms to move to Springfield, Missouri, where I could live in sin with the woman who later became my very-patient wife. I figured she would not want to support my bad habits, so I found work at a small plaintiff's firm that specialized in automotive crashworthiness cases. Coincidentally, this was also my first introduction to the backwaters of North Carolina jurisprudence known as "contributory negligence," as Comerford & Britt had associated the firm on a case. Tom and Cliff probably began second-guessing their decision when they began receiving briefs that were obviously written by a recent law school grad who was unlicensed in any State. The best part about the job, though, was that I didn't have to keep my time for hourly billing purposes. At that point I realized plaintiff's work was the right line of work for me. Only later would I learn that sometimes it meant I would not get paid.
What career accomplishments are you most proud of?
I only have one accomplishment I'm more proud of than being in this "Member Spotlight." I had been practicing about five years when a Queens College volleyball player somehow landed in our office after a couple of big-firm lawyers had hit a dead end on appealing her health insurer's denial of treatment. This young woman had suffered an unusual and severe hip injury which left her mobility impaired and left her in a great deal of pain. I don't even remember the health insurer's excuse for the denial, but I started digging deep into the insurer's Medical and Drug Policies and Coverage Determination Guidelines, as well as the insurer's Clinical Policy Bulletins. Through the appeals process I was able to get the denial reversed. When I told the young woman her surgery was approved, she came to my office. As soon as I walked into the lobby to greet her she burst into tears, and told me how important this had been to her, and how grateful she was someone had helped her. I took no pay for handling her appeal, and as a constant reminder of why I do the work we all do, it is the accomplishment of which I am most proud.
What do you value most about your NCAJ membership?
The thing I most value is the community of members who are not only willing to share their knowledge and experience, but are also unbelievably supportive of one another. We recognize that we are all in this together, and that a victory for one of us is a victory for all. I also greatly value that my membership gets me such wonderful food at the annual President's Gala.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
Cooking. It allows a creative outlet that I feel practicing law sometimes stifles.
What do you want to see changed in the practice of law today?
The increasingly larger number of lawyers churned out by law schools. I recognize that I was probably on the cusp of this phenomenon, but I believe the constant competition for work on the defense side of the bar has resulted in a lot of turnover, and the level of professionalism is not what I had expected. A close second that I would want to see changed is Kirk Burton's wardrobe.
What’s the best career advice you've received or offered?
Two pieces, one given and one received:
"I have never been paid for being nice."
"I have been rich, and I have been poor. But neither for very long."
If you could spend the day with one celebrity or historical figure, who would you spend time with and why?
Mark Twain. His witty matter-of-fact writing and wry observations are humor I enjoy. We would bounce around town, and I would spend the whole day endlessly entertained.
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