About Carlos Moore

Carlos E. Moore stands as a towering figure in the legal community, not only for his impressive career trajectory but also for his remarkable list of honors and recognitions that underscore his commitment to justice, leadership, and service. As the Founding Attorney of the Carlos Moore Law Group in Grenada, Mississippi, he brings a wealth of experience and a history of firsts, such as serving as the first African-American Municipal Judge Pro Tem in Clarksdale in 2017 and Grenada in 2020.

Moore’s educational background is as prestigious as his professional milestones, with salutatorian honors from Moss Point High School and degrees from the University of South Alabama and The Florida State University College of Law, enhanced by academic experiences at Rice University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

The legal luminary’s career has been punctuated with high-profile acknowledgments that reflect his status as a trailblazer in the field. His leadership and prowess were recognized when he was named Best Lawyer by Jackson Free Press consecutively in 2018 and 2019. Increasing his national profile, Moore was honored with the 2021 100 Most Influential Blacks in the United States designation by African Leadership Magazine and the 2023 Joseph R. Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, signifying his broad impact on the legal community and beyond.

Moore’s influence stretches across international borders, as he has been hosted by the presidents of Ghana and Guyana at their presidential palaces, a testament to his global reach and the high esteem in which he is held worldwide.

As the 79th president of the National Bar Association, Moore has further cemented his legacy, receiving numerous honors such as the Esquire Award, the Trailblazer Under 40 Award, and the Presidential Fred D. Gray Legacy Award in 2014. His ability to command the courtroom was recognized with his inclusion among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers in 2016.

Throughout his career, Moore has not only been an advocate for his clients but also a mentor and leader within the legal community. His roles have included Vice President of Membership for the National Bar Association, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a position in the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. In his community, he has led as President and Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of Grenada and has been a guiding force for the youth as an advisor to the 100 Scholars Club at Grenada High School.

His political activity and dedication to public service are evident from his candidature as the Democratic Nominee for the Mississippi Senate and his ongoing role as Treasurer for the Grenada County Democratic Executive Committee.

Moore’s personal life is deeply entwined with his professional ethos, sharing his life with his wife Vandana Devika Sookdeo, MD, and  daughter Avery Nicole. His legal acumen is marked by a significant $12 million jury verdict, showcasing his ability to effect change through the legal system.

Currently, as the Managing Partner at The Carlos Moore Law Group, Carlos E. Moore continues to drive progress in the legal field, advocating for diversity and excellence. His life and career are shining examples of the power of dedication and the lasting impact one individual can have on their community and the broader societal landscape.

Highlights of Key Accomplishments:

  • Named a White House Fellows Regional Finalist in 2012, ranking in the top 100
  • Most noted for winning a $12 million jury verdict for a deserving client in 2010
  • Moore was selected by Jackson Free Press for two distinct honors, Overall Best Attorney and Best Defense Attorney in 2018 and in 2019
  • First African American Municipal Judge Pro Tem for the City of Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • First African American Municipal Judge Pro Tem for the City of Grenada, Mississippi
  • In September of 2020, African Leadership Magazine named Moore one of the Top 100 Most Influential African-American Leaders in the United States
  • On his first day as Municipal Judge Pro Tem for Clarksdale, Mississippi, Moore ordered officials to remove the Mississippi state flag containing the Confederate emblem in its upper left corner from his courtroom; Partook in numerous efforts to have the Mississippi state flag with the Confederate emblem retired.
  • On November 4th, 2020, the new Mississippi Flag with the magnolia design was approved as the state’s new flag.


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