State solicitor general dies

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:52pm

Tennessee Solicitor General Michael E. Moore died Sunday of cancer. He was 60 and had been solicitor general for the past 17 years.

As solicitor general, Moore oversaw and coordinated all legal appealsfor the state, supervising and drafting the opinions issued by his office.

“Words cannot express what we have lost both personally and professionally,” Attorney General Bob Cooper said. “As solicitor general, Mike was brilliant, principled and fearless, and under his leadership, our solicitor general's office was second to none. As a friend, Mike was a delightful companion who was always ready with a quick wit, kind word or helpful thought as the situation required.”

In addition to numerous appearances representing the state Supreme Court and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Moore argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court. The National Association of Attorneys General awarded him its U.S. Supreme Court Best Brief Award in 1999 for his contribution to a brief for the states.

Before joining the Tennessee attorney general’s office in December 1993, Moore was director of law for Metro Nashville from 1985 to 1987 under Mayor Richard Fulton. He worked in private practice for the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis from 1979 to 1985 and 1987 to 1993.