Marty E. Moore

mmoore@peckhadfield.com


 

Marty has strong beliefs about client service. Each client should be treated like his or her case is the most important case in the office – because to that client the case is often the most important thing happening in life at that time. Emails and phone calls should be returned within 24 hours, if not sooner; there is no excuse for ignoring a client. If there is a simple solution to a legal problem, find it. Nobody calls a lawyer because they want to spend loads of time, money and other resources on legal services. With clients, as with everyone else, the Golden Rule applies: treat others as you would like to be treated if you were in their shoes.

For his clients, Marty brings to the table more than 30 years experience practicing law and trying cases. Marty has tried 55 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts in Utah and Florida. In addition, Marty has successfully handled appellate cases before the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Marty has more than 16 years experience handling immigration cases and is committed to help hard-working immigrants obtain permanent residence in the United States. Since 2001, Marty has helped hundreds and hundreds of immigrants in Utah and Idaho (as well as other parts of the United States) obtain permanent residency through employment and through their family members. Marty’s employment-based expertise extends to obtaining permanent residence for clients through labor certification, outstanding professor-researcher I-140 petitions, and National Interest Waiver I-140 petitions. Marty also works with the immigration service (USCIS) and United States consulates around the globe to obtain non-immigrant visas to the United States, including H-1B, L-1, J-1 and fiancée visas.

 


Significant Cases

Rawlings v. Gilt Edge Flour Mills, Inc., Case No. 08-4201 (10th Cir. May 19, 2010)(affirmed trial court’s decision not to award attorneys’ fees after jury awarded modest damages of $18,472 in a wrongful termination lawsuit)

Seethaler v. Call, 2009 UT App 64 (affirmed trial court’s decision in equity to award money damages in lieu of ordering the removal of a cement wall in a boundary dispute)

Anderson v. Adams, Case No. 20080683-SC (UT, September 4, 2008)(Utah Supreme Court granted petition for extraordinary writ by ordering that the ballot title for a referendum in Box Elder County must be modified to more accurately reflect the referendum issue)

Embroidery Central, Inc. v. Balboa Threadworks, Inc., Case No. 05-cv-21 DS (D. Utah, July 27, 2007 ($365,000 jury verdict in favor of Embroidery Central on multiple claims, including breach of contract, willful misappropriation of trade secrets, and copyright infringement)

Falslev Livestock, Inc. v. Waldo Farms, Inc., Case No. 02-cv-84 TC (D. Utah, November 25, 2003)($250,000 jury verdict in favor of Falslev Livestock, Inc. on multiple claims, including breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation)

In re Estate of Jack T. Spoerry, Case No. 99-3100112 (First Dist. of Utah, February 26, 2002)(judgment entered after jury verdict that decedent’s Last Will & Testament was not the product of undue influence by primary beneficiary)

In re Amendment to Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.220(h) and Florida Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.060(d),681 So.2d 666 (Fla. 1996)(Florida Supreme Court granted in part a petition submitted by the Florida Attorney General on behalf of law enforcement officials throughout Florida seeking to significantly curtail the use of depositions in criminal and juvenile cases)

State v. Erber, 560 So.2d 1255 (Fla. 5th DCA 1990)(Appellate court reversed unwarranted dismissal of large white collar crime case by retired judge)

State v. Samuel C. Bravi, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Washington County (Defendant convicted on December 15, 1989 of racketeering [RICO], 2 counts of conspiracy to traffic in marijuana, and 2 counts of trafficking in marijuana); conviction affirmed in Bravi v. State, 596 So.2d 1059 (Fla. 1st DCA 1992)

State v. Sean C. Russell, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida in Leon County (Defendant convicted on October 4, 1988 of sexual battery with slight force [rape]); conviction affirmed in Russell v. State, 576 So.2d 389 (Fla. 1st DCA 1991)

Case Results

Marty is particularly proud of several jury trials in federal court in Utah resulting in substantial verdicts in favor of his clients and an appellate victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver. Marty has also resolved a large number of lawsuits with favorable settlements for his personal injury and commercial clients. These settlements have allowed his clients to move forward with the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have sufficient resources to recover and move on from the harms and losses suffered because of the negligence or intentionally wrongful acts of others.

In addition, Marty finds immigration work uniquely satisfying. Living and working in the relatively small community of Cache Valley provides Marty with regular opportunities to encounter many of the hundreds of foreign-born persons whom he has helped to obtain permanent residency and citizenship in the United States. These immigrants are living the American dream and adding to the rich fabric of American society.

Marty recently obtained settlements from 3 different insurance companies that, collectively, were adequate to take care of middle-aged woman severely injured in car crash for the rest of her life, allowing her to live independently and giving her the peace of mind that she would not be a burden on her grown children.

Pro Bono Activities

Cache County Thursday Night Bar

Utah State Bar, Wills for Heroes Program

Pro bono cases for Utah Legal Services

Immigration presentations at USU & community organizations

Community Service

Cache Valley Center for the Arts (member of Development Committee; trustee 2001-2007; board president 2005-2006, 2007)

Troop 1, Boy Scouts of America 2005-2012 (assistant scoutmaster, troop committee member)

Utah Council on Conflict Resolution (board member from 2006-2012)

Lions Club of Logan (president 2012-2013)

Speaking Engagements

Legal Instructor for various police academies in Florida (1983-1996)

Trial Practice Instructor for Florida Attorney General's Office and Florida Prosecuting Attorneys' Association (1990-2000)

CLE Lecturer, Utah State Bar Fall Forum 2010

Guest Lecturer, Utah State University (2006-2016)

Professional Recognition

  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubble (since 1996)
  • Furtherance of Justice Award, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2000)

Bar Admissions (State & Federal)

  • Utah (2000)
  • Idaho (2005)
  • Florida (1980; inactive)

Areas of Practice

  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Sex Abuse
  • Insurance claims
  • Complex Litigation
  • Immigration

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • Utah Association for Justice
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • New-Lawyer Mentor, Utah State Bar

Education

  • Juris Doctor, Florida State University, 1980
  • BA, Political Science, University of Florida, 1977
  • Paramedic Certification, Santa Fe Community College, 1977

Professional History

  • Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore, LLC (2000-present)
  • Deputy General Counsel to Florida Attorney General (1995-2000)
  • Assistant Attorney General, Florida (1994)
  • Chief Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Florida (1991-1992)
  • Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Florida (1988-1991)
  • Assistant State Attorney, Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit (1988)
  • Chief Assistant Public Defender, Florida 5th Circuit (1983-1985)
  • Assistant Public Defender, Florida 5th Circuit (1981-1983)
  • Private Practice, Umatilla, Florida (1980-1981)