Irish Legal 100


THOMAS A. Moore is senior partner at Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore in New York, a leading plaintiff’s litigation firm.

Moore is widely regarded as the most successful trial lawyer in the U.S. He has won 92 jury verdicts in excess of $1 million, and has negotiated more than $1 billion in settlements on behalf of his clients.

In 2017 Moore obtained a $40 million verdict for a young NYU student who fell from a fire escape and is now a permanent paraplegic. In June of 2018, he obtained a $45 million verdict against a shopping mall and security company for a 53-year-old woman who sustained a brain injury as a result of being hit by a shopping cart thrown by two boys from the top floor of the premises.

In the last several years, Moore won two of the largest verdicts in New York State history: $172 million for a 29-year-old handicapped woman who was tragically injured after New York City EMTs responded to her home and then failed to perform even basic emergency care. He also won $130 million for a 10-year-old girl seriously injured by a hospital during the mother’s labor and delivery.

Moore’s track record as a trial attorney is, very simply, remarkable: he has won nine out of 10 cases that went to jury verdict.

Moore has had notable success on the appellate level. He holds the record for the highest judgment ever upheld for a medical malpractice case in New York State.

Moore has been honored as the National Law Journal’s Lawyer of the Year–twice. He has been named to virtually every top lawyer list for more than two decades. Along with his wife and law partner, Judith Livingston, Moore is a member of the elite group, the Inner Circle of Advocates, the top 100 trial lawyers in America.

Moore is a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the International Society of Barristers.

Moore’s career encompasses advocacy, research, writing, and charitable work. He is the author of one of the leading legal textbooks on medical malpractice, evidence, and trial practice. As a measure of other attorneys’ respect for his legal expertise, Moore and his partner Matt Gaier have, since 1997, written a regular column on medical malpractice for The New York Law Journal. Moore has established scholarships and endowed a chair in Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, Fordham Law School. He also serves on the Irish Studies Council at Notre Dame University.

Moore and Livingston support a number of charities, including the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert for which Livingston previously served as co-president, and Andean Health and Development, which helps build hospitals in Ecuador.

Moore graduated from The Catholic University of America with an STL degree. He received a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

In 2014, Moore received Fordham University’s Founder’s Award, its highest honor. The tribute “recognizes individuals whose personal and professional lives reflect the highest aspirations of the university’s defining traditions, as an institution dedicated to wisdom and learning in the service of others.” In 2015, Fordham again recognized Moore, awarding him an honorary degree and asking him to deliver the Fordham Law School commencement address.

Moore is a native of Co. Waterford. He came to the United States when he was 17 with his mother and siblings. His father was an Irish police officer who died when Moore was young.





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