Judge Carlos E. Moore, a Moss Point, Mississippi native is a graduate of Moss Point High School (Salutatorian), the University of South Alabama and The Florida State University College of Law. Judge Moore also completed course work at Rice University in Houston, Texas as well as the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford.
Carlos Moore is the Managing Partner of The Cochran Firm – Mississippi Delta-based in Grenada, Mississippi.
Judge Moore is very active in several bar associations, including the American Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Mississippi Bar, Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, and the Grenada County Bar Association. He is a past Vice President of the National Bar Association; he is also a past Deputy General Counsel for the NBA, a past Deputy Chief of Staff to the NBA President, past NBA Region V Director, past Board Member at Large as well as a Past Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association. Carlos also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Grenada County Bar Association from 2003-2007 and has been a member of the NBA Board of Governors as well as the board of the Mississippi Association for Justice for a number of years in various capacities.
In 2011 after completing three years on the Mississippi Bar Ethics Committee, Moore was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term as a Commissioner of the governing board of The Mississippi Bar, which regulates all the lawyers in Mississippi.
Carlos is very active in his community. Besides being a 2010 graduate of Leadership Grenada, he is a member of the Grenada Rotary Club, Grenada Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. (Founding President), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is a board member and Founding Chair of the Grenada Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta. Married to the former Natalie Herrington of Grenada, the Moores are the proud parents of one daughter, Avery Nicole, and active members of Abundant Life Assembly in Grenada where Carlos serves as General Counsel. The Moore’s have also provided college scholarships to area youth since 2006.
Before opening his own law practice in 2006, Attorney Moore was employed by Harlow Law Firm in Grenada where he was engaged in the general practice of law and also served as Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Grenada from 2002-2006. Licensed to practice before state and federal Courts in Mississippi and Tennessee as well as before the United States Supreme Court, Carlos is the recipient of many honors including being named the 2007-08 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi by The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division (1st African-American to ever receive the award in its then twenty six year history) and being named in 1998 as an Outstanding Young Man of America.
Carlos has also been the recipient of three NBA Presidential Awards, the NBA Young Lawyers Division was named Outstanding Division under his chairmanship in 2008, and most recently in 2010 he received the Meritorious Service Award from the NBA Young Lawyers Division as well as was named a 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 “Rising Star” in the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.
In 2012, Carlos was named a White House Fellows Regional Finalist, ranking in the top 100 of approximately 1000 fellowship applicants nationwide and named Young Lawyer of the Year by the National Bar Association. Moore served as inaugural president and has been a founding member of the National Law Group, a consortium of plaintiff law firms across the country, since 2010, and is most noted for winning a $12 million jury verdict for a deserving client in 2010, just 4 years to the day after opening his own law practice. Moore is also a 2013 graduate of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.
In 2013, Moore was named Attorney of the Month and appeared on the June 2013 cover of Attorney at Law Magazine, Mississippi edition. In October of 2013, Moore was named the City Prosecutor for the Town of Webb, Mississippi, and in December 2013 Carlos became a graduate of Leadership Mississippi.
In the summer of 2014 Moore was named a Trailblazer Under 40 by the National Bar Association, received the NBA Presidential Fred D. Gray Legacy Award, was honored with the NBA Solo and Small Firms Division prestigious Esquire Award, and completed his term as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Mississippi Bar.
In January of 2015, Moore received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Southern Region Black Law Students Association and in May of 2015, Moore was named to the board of directors for the Foundation For The Mid-South.
In November of 2015, Moore was named Prosecutor for the Town of Vaiden, Mississippi. In 2017, Moore was named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and was appointed to the ABA Council on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline by then American Bar Association President Paulette Brown.
In July of 2017, he was appointed as the first African-American Municipal Judge Pro Tem for the City of Clarksdale, Mississippi and in May of 2020 he was appointed as the first African-American Municipal Judge Pro Tem for the City of Grenada, Mississippi where he resides.
In December 2017, Moore was named City Attorney for Jonestown, Mississippi and in April of 2018, Moore was named City Attorney for Drew, Mississippi.
In 2018 and again in 2019, Moore was selected by Jackson Free Press for two distinct honors, Overall Best Attorney and Best Defense Attorney.
Since 2019, he has been Vice Chairman of the Board for the Foundation of the Mid-South while simultaneously serving as President and Chairman of the Board for A Better Mississippi Foundation.
Most recently in July of 2020, Moore was elected as President – Elect of the National Bar Association and he will be sworn in as President of the National Bar Association in July of 2021. In September of 2020, African Leadership Magazine named Moore one of the Top 100 Most Influential African-American Leaders in the United States. In November of 2020, the Beta Rho and Beta Theta Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated named him Citizen of the Year. He was also honored to serve as the Fall Commencement Speaker at Grambling State University in November 2020. Finally on November 17, 2020, Judge Moore published his first book as an author entitled, The Five Brothers: Our Journeys to Successful Careers in Law and Medicine, which debuted as the number 1 new release in two categories on Amazon within its first three days on the market.