Christopher Moore

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Torrance, CA

Moore, Bryan, Schroff & Inoue LLP
 | 21515 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 490
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-540-8855
Fax: 310-316-1307
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1965
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Attorney Profile

Christopher Moore is the managing partner of the Torrance, California, law firm of Moore, Bryan & Schroff & Inoue LLP. Mr. Moore represents clients throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area in matters related to divorce and estate planning, trust and probate law. He represents clients in matters such as child custody and support, divorce, premarital agreements, community property division and spousal support.

The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization has certified Mr. Moore as a specialist in both family law and estate planning, trust and probate. Mr. Moore is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Since 1991, Mr. Moore has served as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court of California.

Before earning his juris doctor from Harvard Law School, Mr. Moore completed his undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Los Angeles magazine selected Mr. Moore as one of the Top 100 Los Angeles County Lawyers from 2004 through 2006. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers* from 2008 to 2016, and the Best Lawyers® Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Los Angeles for 2015 and 2018.

Mr. Moore has authored numerous professional articles that have appeared in journals published by the State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the CEB and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Titles include "All in the Family: Specialized Discovery Rules for Family Law Cases" and "Selected Estate Planning Issues for Family Lawyers." He has been a frequent panelist at forums, seminars and symposiums.

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 
Practice Areas

Family Law (60%)
Estate Planning & Probate (40%)

Family Law (60%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Estate Planning & Probate (40%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Dissolution, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2019

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About Christopher Moore

Admitted: 1965, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.mbsllp.com/attorneys/christopher-m-moore/

Honors/Awards:

  • Peer selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America©, 2008-2016
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
  • Selected "Top 100 Los Angeles County Lawyers," Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyers edition, 2004 – 2006

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist, Family Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Fellow American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 1990-1992
  • Founding member, "A Better Divorce," South Bay Collaborative Law Society, Los Angeles County 
  • Member, Trusts & Estates Law Section Executive Committee, State Bar of California, 2000-2006
  • South Bay Bar Association of Los Angeles County, President, 1985
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section Executive Committee, 1995-2000
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Founding member, "A Better Divorce," South Bay Collaborative Law Society, Los Angeles County 
  • Family Law Section Executive Committee, State Bar of California, 1995 - 2000
  • Member, Family Law Section Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1989 - 1996
  • Judge Pro Tem., Superior Court, 1991 - present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Superior Court of California, Judge Pro Tem., 1991-present.
  • Member, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified District Board of Education, 1972-77 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Penalty-Free Distributions from Retirement Plans Before Age 59-1/2: A Window of Opportunity," Family Law News & Review, Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n. (Spring 1990) 
  • "Carlson: Are We Asking the Right Question?" Family Law News & Review, Los Angeles County Bar Ass'n. (Winter 1993) 
  • Discusses the estate planning issues raised by trial and judgment in a divorce case., author, Chapter 4,The Crossover Issues: What Estate Planning Lawyers Need to Know About Family Law, CEB, 2011
  • "Selected Estate Planning Issues for Family Lawyers", Family Law News, State Bar of California Family Law Section (Winter 1996) 
  • "Transmutation of Separate Property to Community Property: Family Code §2640 Lays a Trap for the Unwary" California Trusts and Estates Quarterly, State Bar of California (Summer 1999)
  • "So Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Estate Planning Lawyers," California State Bar Journal (Spring 2001) 
  • "California's Recent Experience with Premarital Agreements: A Practice Guide for the Future?" California Trusts an Estates Quarterly, State Bar of California (Spring 2007) 
  • "Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Trusts & Estates Lawyers," UCLA Estate Planning Institute (May 2004) 
  • "Bring Back Divorce: A Modest (But Serious) Proposal to the Legislature," State Bar Family Law News (December 2010) 
  • "CROSSOVER ISSUES IN ESTATE PLANNING & FAMILY LAW" (editor, Chapter 4), California Continuing Education of the Bar, 2011-2013 
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, "The Family Lawyer and Ethics: Avoiding Discipline and Malpractice" (January 1995) 
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association 18th Annual Child Custody Colloquium, "Custody Litigation Alternatives and Cost Control" (January 1996) 
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1999 Trial Advocacy Institute, "Evidentiary Issues and Problems Involving Transmutation" (January 1999) 
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Institute "Security for Support in Case of Death," (January 2000) 
  • "Estate Planning for the Migrating Client," ACTEC Western Regional Meeting, Portland, Oregon (September, 2000) 
  • State Bar of California, Marital Property Planning Symposium, "What Family Lawyers Need to Know about Trusts & Estates Law, and Vice Versa" (July 2001) 
  • U.S.C. Probate & Trust Conference, "What Trusts and Estates Lawyers Need to Know about Family Law" (November 2001) 
  • "Fiduciary Duty: An Underused Remedy?" American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 9th Trial Advocacy Institute (January 2002)
  • "What Family Law Attorneys Need to Know about Trusts & Estates Law," State Bar of California, Anaheim (September 2003)
  • "Your Client is Getting a Divorce: Selected Family Law Issues for Trusts & Estates Lawyers," UCLA Estate Planning Institute (May 2004) 
  • "When Death Meets Divorce: What Trusts & Estates Lawyers Need to Know about Family Law," State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey (October 2004) 
  • "Significant Crossover Issues," Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium (May 2005) 
  • "The Accountant's Role When a Tracing is Required," California CPA Education Foundation (July 2005) 
  • "Premarital Agreements: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" American College of Trust & Estate Counsel Annual Meeting, Maui (March 2006) 
  • "Insurance Issues in the Family Law Case," AAML Institute of Trial Advocacy (January 2007)
  • "Cost Effective High Tech and Low Tech Trial Preparation Using Technology," AAML Trial Advocacy Institute, Santa Monica (January 2008)
  • "Where Death Meets Divorce: The Estates and Trusts Issue that Intersect at the Family Law Trial," AAML Trial Advocacy Institute, Newport Beach (January 2010) 
  • "The Ins and Outs of Premarital Agreements, and Transmutation of Separate Property to Community Property: A Trap for the Unwary," Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, San Diego (October 2010) 
  • "What CPAs Need to Know about Trust & Estate Law," California CPA Society, Oakland (December 2010)
  • "A Few Things Estate Planning Professionals Need to Know About Family Law," San Diego Estate Planning Counsel (February 2012) 
  • "The 'Qualifying Event': Avoiding Loss of Medical Insurance and COBRA Rights During Dissolution Proceedings," Family Law News, State Bar of California (Spring 1989) 
  • "Divide and Conquer - Characterization, Valuation, and Division of Complex Assets," Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section (December 2012)
  • "All in the Family: Specialized Discovery Rules for Family Law Cases," 3 California Litigation No. 1, at page 33, State Bar of California (September 1989) 
  • "The Hit Parade: The Ten Most Common Mistakes on Crossover Issues," South Bay Bar Ass'n (June 2014) 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Family Law Lawyer of the Year, Super Lawyers, 2018

Educational Background:

  • A.B. Stanford University
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Office Location for Christopher Moore

21515 Hawthorne Boulevard
Suite 490
Torrance, CA 90503

Phone: 310-540-8855

Fax: 310-316-1307

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Last Updated: 4/5/2019

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