Diane Marger Moore is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial attorney. 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 one of the most experienced fire trial lawyers in the country, Diane heads Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman’s wildfire litigation team. She also works on 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 protection. 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.
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.