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Judges Bio

Hon. Maricela Moore, Presiding

George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building – 600 Commerce Street, 7th Floor New Tower, Dallas, TX 75202
Court Phone: (214) 653-7348
Court Fax: (214) 653-7195

Judge Moore has served as the Presiding Judge of the 162nd District Court since January 2017. Prior to her judicial service, Judge Moore practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on trade secret, breach of contract, and employment litigation. Judge Moore practiced at Cowles & Thompson, Baker & McKenzie, Farrow-Gillespie and Heath, and she had her own law practice. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in labor and employment law. Judge Moore also served as the President of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, MABA-Texas, and served as a Director on the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors. In addition to her leadership in the legal community, Judge Moore currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the CHRISTUS Health System Board of Directors. Judge Moore is a graduate of Boston College and the George Washington University Law Center.

Professional Experience and Recognition:

  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Certification
  • Recognized by “BestLawyers” in the area of labor and employment, 2014-2016
  • Named a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine, 2014, 2016
  • Named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomas Reuters, 2014-2016
  • Named a “Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomas Reuters, 2005, 2011-2014
  • Recipient of the Dallas Bar Association Jo Anna Moreland Outstanding Committee Chair Award, 2012
  • Solo Practitioner, 2008-2010, 2014-2016
  • Partner, Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP, 2010-2014
  • Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP, 2004-2008
  • Associate, Cowles & Thompson, PC, 2001-2003
  • Law Intern, Texas Supreme Court, 2001
  • Law Intern, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 2000

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement:

  • CHRISTUS Health Systems, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas Member, 2011-present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation Fellow, 2008-present
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class, 2004
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Judicial Intern Co-Chairperson, 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors, 2007
  • Dallas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2007-present
  • Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chair-Elect, 2016
  • Dallas County Associate Judge Selection Committee, 2004
  • Dallas County Schools, Board of Trustees, Personnel Committee Chair, 2010-2013
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Past President, 2007
  • Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation, Past President, 2008-2010
  • Mac Taylor Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2007-present
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas, Past President, 2010-2011
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate Member, 2005-2006
  • Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, 2007-present
  • University of North Texas Law School, board of advisors, 2014


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2001
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Boston College, Carroll School of Management, 1997