Michael T. Moore

About the Speaker
  • Company
    Moore Company
  • Phone
  • Address
    255 Aragon Avenue, 3rd Floor Coral Gables, FL 33134
  • Web Sites

Michael T. Moore has practiced maritime and aviation law for over forty years. He has frequently been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer by Law and Politics Magazine, selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and selected as a Top Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide, by Florida Trend Magazine as one of 846 Elite Florida Lawyers. He is a member of Who’s Who in American Law and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. Mr. Moore is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating given to practicing attorneys.

Mr. Moore is the founder and past editor-in-chief of Southern District Digest. He has been a director of the Maritime Arbitration Board, which is based in Miami and is comprised of maritime lawyers and industry personnel. He is a past chairman of The Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, and is on the board of advisors of the Maritime Personal Injury Reporter. He is a former president of the Marine Council of Florida and was inducted as one of the few lawyer members of the National Marine Banker’s Association, and he has written various articles on the subject of marine finance. Mr. Moore was appointed to the Miami River Coordinating Commission formed by U.S. Senator Bob Graham and served on the board of the United States Sailing Center, the official United States Olympic training center for sailors at Miami, Florida. He is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and is a member of the board of directors of Miami R.A.R.E.

Mr. Moore is also a member of the board of trustees of the United Way of Greater Miami, a former chairman of the Alexis De Tocqueville Society and former member of the Coral Gables Youth Center Advisory Board. Mr. Moore has been a Director and national member of the Executive Board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation and President of the Admirals of the Fleet of Florida. Mr. Moore has been cited by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential South Floridians. Mr. Moore was formerly the Chancellor of the St. Stephens Episcopal Church.

Mr. Moore was elected in 2008 to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the International SeaKeepers Society.

Mr. Moore earned his B.A. in 1970 from the University of Florida and his J.D. in 1974 from the University of Florida College of Law.

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law
    Gainesville, Florida
    J.D. – June 1974
  • University of Florida
    Gainesville, Florida
    B.A. (Finance) 1971

Languages

  • Arabic, Spanish (conversant)

Professional Associations

  • Member – Board of Directors – The Boggy Creek Gang (1997)
  • Member – Board of Directors – YMCA of Greater Miami (1996 to present)
  • Member – Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification Committee (1995 to present)
  • Member – Board of Trustees – Alpha Tau Omega University of Miami Chapter (1995 to present)
  • Member – Board of Directors – Coast Guard Foundation (1996-1998)
  • Member – Board of Directors – The Marine Council (1995-1996)
  • Member – Orange Bowl Committee (1995 to present)
  • Member – Board of the United Way of Greater Miami (1995-1996)
  • Chairman – Alexis De Tocqueville Society (1995)
  • Member – Bal de la Mer (Miami R.A.R.E.) (1995 to present)
  • Member – Board of Directors Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center Association (1995 to present)
  • Member – Advisory Board – MAST Academy (1993 to present)
  • Member – Board of Advisors – The Maritime Personal Injury
    Reporter (1987 to present)
  • Fellow – American Bar Association Foundation (1987 to
    present)
  • Member – Board of Directors – Maritime Arbitration
    Board, Inc. (1985 to present)
  • Chairman – Admiralty Law Committee – Florida Bar Association
    (Member 1980 to present; elected Chairman – 1989)
  • Member – Propeller Club of the United States (1980 to
    present)
  • Member – Board of Trustees – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School (1994-1995)
  • Co-Chair – Seaport Committee – Metro-Miami Marketplace:
    Destination 2001 (1993-1994)
  • Panelist – American Arbitration Association (1993)
  • Member – Inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law; Marquis Who’s Who (1991)
  • Member – Inclusion in Who’s Who in the Law; South Florida Business Journal (1991)
  • Director – Southeast Admiralty Law Institute (elected 1989 –
    two year term)
  • Member – National Marine Bankers’ Association (1987 to
    present)
  • Member – Marine Council (1980 to present)
  • Member – American Bar Association – International Law Section (1976 to present)
  • Member – The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    (1976 to present)
  • Member – Florida Bar Association – Operation Stand-By Program (1980 to present)
  • Member – Dade County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section
  • Member – Dade County Bar Association – Public Interest Law Bank
  • Member – The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    Committee on Navigation and Coast Guard Matters
    (appointed September, 1988)
  • Fellow – The American Bar Foundation (1988 to present)
    Member – St. Thomas University American Inns of Court (1988)
  • Trustee – Miami Book Fair International
    (Board of Directors 1987; elected President 1989)
  • Chairman – Meeting and Programs Committee, The Marine
    Council (1985)
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief – Southern District Digest (1980-1982)
  • Member – The Maritime Associates – Member – Board of Directors New York, New York (1976 – 1977)

Professional Honors

  • “AV” Rated – Martindale & Hubbell
  • Dade County Bar Association – Chairman, Meetings and Programs Committee, 1994-95
  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section –
    Chairman, Meetings and Programs Committee, 1984-85
  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section –
    Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 1981-82
  • Dade County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section –
    Member, Board of Directors – 1981-82

Other Civic Activities

  • President, Admirals of the Fleet of Florida
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, U.S. Coast Guard Foundation (7th District)
  • Member by Gubernatorial Appointment – Miami River Water
    Quality Commission
  • Member–Board of Governors – U.S. Sailing Center, Inc. (1986-1996)
  • Member–Miami River Coordinating Committee (1987-1989)
    United Way Pillar (1986 – Present)
  • Chancellor, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Publications

  • Speaker – Legal Case Studies: A look at charters gone bad – what happened and how to achieve a solution, FYBA – Educational Charter Seminar (August 10, 2010)
  • Speaker – Protect Your Yacht Investment Seminar sponsored by Merrill Lynch and Bradford International Yacht Sales
  • Speaker – The Latin American Aviation Conference 1995 organized by SH&E (November 2, 1995)
  • Speaker – “Two-Tier – Double Dip, Alps and Peppercorn Leases Plus Other Power Structures in the Aviation Industry” presented at the SH&E/Airline Business “Growth Opportunity Expansion” The Latin American Aviation Conference ‘95 on November 2, 1995 in Miami, Florida.
  • Speaker – “Living Free in an Unfree World: Your Yacht, It’s Flag — The Ultimate Tax Haven” presented at the Bradford International/Merrill Lynch Seminar on October 28, 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Report – “Rights and Responsibilities of Salvors or Doing the Right Thing on the High Seas for Fun and Profit”, Marine Council of Florida Seminar, April 1993.
  • Article – “The Endangered Sea Turtle – Metaphor for Modern Man,” The Miami Review, March 12, 1990.
  • Report – “Matters and Cases Affecting the Cruise Industry”, The Florida Bar CLE Program, Seatrade Conference, March 20, 1989.
  • Article – “The Miami River – We Don’t Need No Education …”The Florida Shipper, April 1987.
  • Article – “If It Floats Should I Lend Against It?” – Florida Bar Association – Admiralty Law Seminar, May 1986.
  • Article – “What the General Practitioner should know about Maritime Law.”; Florida Bar Association General PracticeNewsletter, February 1985.
  • Report – “1979 – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Maritime Law Project” – Initial Report to His Excellency Fayez Badr, President and Chairman of the Board, Saudi Arabian Ports Authority – Author of chapters on the arrest of seagoing vessels, oil pollution and contracts for the carriage of goods by sea. (Saudi Arabia – 1978 – 1979).
  • Article – “The Commercial Law of the Land is Gradually Becoming Clear”, Saudi Business, September 1979 (Interview Format).
  • Article – “An Analysis of Recent Proposals to Change the Laws Affecting Relationships between Foreign and Local Architectural and Engineering Firms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Middle East Executive Reports, May 1980.
  • Article – “Local Laws and How They Affect Expatriates Working in Middle Eastern Countries”, Middle East Economic Digest, June 1981 (Co-author John S. Rogers, Esq.).
  • Article – “Arbitration Under the Saudi Legal System”, Middle East Executive Reports, February 1981 (Co-author Leslie J. Lott, Esq.).
  • Article – “Turtles – Metaphor for Endangered Man”, The Miami Review, March 12, 1990.
  • Speaker – “Matters and Cases Affecting the Cruise Industry”, The Florida Bar CLE Program Sea Trade Conference, March 20, 1989.
  • Speaker – “Always Stand on Ceremony: The Importance of Corporate Formalities in Yacht Transactions,” Florida Yacht Brokers Association, “Yacht Sales and the Law,” October 4, 2000.

Other Professional Activities

  • Appointed, Special Master to Circuit Judge Leonard Rivkind, case of CASARES v. CASARES, 1987 said by The Miami Herald to be the largest marital estate in a contested dissolution of marriage proceeding in Dade County history.
  • Expert Witness – Arbitration between Socony Mobil Oil Company, Inc. and Texas Coastal and International, Inc., London, May 12 – 16, 1986 – testified for Mobil on various issues of United States law.
  • Expert Witness – Coastal Fuels, Inc. v. Florida Express Corporation, (S.D. Fla. 1997) Judge Frank I. Lynch. Retained by Coastal in connection with claims arising out of the loss by fire of M/T FLORIDA EXPRESS.

University of Florida College of Law Activities

  • Chief Defense Counsel – University of Florida Honor Court
  • Chairman, Student Legal-Aid Committee
  • Member – Honor Court Bar Association
  • Staff Writer – VERDICT, Law School Newspaper
  • Chairman – Committee for Better Student-Faculty Relations
  • Member – Law Student Division – American Bar Association
  • Member – John Marshall Bar Association – Legal Service Fraternity
  • Member – Phi Delta Phi – Legal Social Fraternity

University of Florida Activities

  • Men’s Interhall Council
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Co-Author: University of Florida Interhall Council
      Constitution
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Chairman, Rush Committee
    • Member, Pledge Committee
  • Graham Area Council
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
  • Chairman, Physical Improvements Committee
  • Gator Growl – Director – Homecoming – 1968
  • Chairman, Food Inquiry Board (Investigated Food Services on University of Florida Campus)
  • Presidential Advisory Council (one of twelve student advisors to the President of the University)
  • Homecoming Advisory Committee, Member
  • Committee on Student Housing, Member
  • Civil Defense Committee, Member