About Carlos Moore

Carlos E. Moore, originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, is the Founding Attorney of the Carlos Moore Law Group, located in Grenada, Mississippi. As a significant figure in the legal community, he served as the 79th president of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges, which advocates for the interests of approximately 67,000 legal professionals. His trailblazing roles include becoming Clarksdale’s first African-American Municipal Judge Pro Tem in 2017 and Grenada’s first in 2020. Moore’s educational background boasts a salutatorian graduation from Moss Point High School, degrees from the University of South Alabama and The Florida State University College of Law, and additional coursework at Rice University and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Professionally, Moore is actively engaged with several legal organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar. His leadership tenure at the National Bar Association has covered several roles, from Vice President to other influential positions. His dedication to his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., is another testament to his commitment to community and professional development.

In 2011, after a three-year stint on the Mississippi Bar Ethics Committee, Moore’s peers elected him as a Commissioner on the board of The Mississippi Bar. His community involvement extends to roles in the Grenada Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and as the Founding President of 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. He also serves as a Founding Chair of the Grenada Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta.

Before establishing the Carlos Moore Law Group, Moore worked at the Harlow Law Firm and served as an Assistant City Prosecutor in Grenada from 2002 to 2006. He is admitted to practice in various state and federal courts and has received multiple accolades, including the 2007-08 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi award and the distinction of “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine for several years.

Moore’s notable legal work includes a significant $12 million jury verdict and his foundational role in the National Law Group. His appointments as City Prosecutor and City Attorney for several Mississippi towns, along with being named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, highlight his legal prowess. Moore’s commitment to fostering diversity in the legal field is also evident from his position on the ABA Council on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.

Carlos is married to Vandana Devika Sookdeo, MD, and is the father of Avery Nicole, adding a rich familial dimension to his life and career.

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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