The most effective advocates for the rights of the wrongfully injured are often attorneys who have sat on the other side of the aisle at some point during their careers. Attorney Derek Moore is one such professional. His distinguished career included an eight-year stint as an adjuster at several big-name insurers, including State Farm and Safeco.
Derek’s insurance-industry experience exposed him to the inner workings of a business that, while essential to society’s smooth functioning, often places profit above people and hurts a lot of honest folks in the process.
Education and Early Career
Derek Moore graduated from the University of Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Administration. He was attracted to the world of finance early and enrolled in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, after earning his undergraduate degree.
Ready to make a name for himself in the workforce after a distinguished academic career, Derek left Crummer in 1998 with an MBA. For several years after he graduated, Derek was a force to be reckoned with in the insurance industry. As an insurance claims adjuster, he worked on cases involving product and premises liability, wrongful injury and death, and serious automobile accidents. This work sparked what would become a career-making interest in tort law.
Legal Experience and Expertise
As a student at Seattle University School of Law, Derek Moore worked as an intern for the Seattle City Attorney’s torts office and gained a reputation as someone with a deep understanding of tort law.
In fact, he earned a very rare A+ in his tort law course on the way to graduating magna cum laude in 2006. His outstanding academic career allowed him to hit the ground running at Bishop Legal and quickly become an integral part of the firm’s legal team. Derek is a hard-working, zealous advocate for his seriously injured clients.
Derek utilizes his tremendous breadth of knowledge in four primary areas of practice: construction site injuries; automobile accidents; and product and premises liability matters. His MBA and professional background in finance make him an expert at totaling damages in complex cases, especially when the claimant is a small business owner with difficult-to-appraise assets. Derek has worked on a wide range of cases included catastrophic injured caused at railroad crossings.
Unlike many personal injury lawyers, Derek’s just as comfortable dealing with self-insured corporations and government bodies as he is with run-of-the-mill retail insurers.
Professional Qualifications and Accolades
Derek is admitted to the Washington State Bar Association and may litigate before the Western Washington District of the U.S. District Court of Appeals, a privilege that enables him to handle federal-level tort cases.
Derek’s also a member of the Washington State Association for Justice and is an active participant in the WSAJ’s Speaker’s Bureau, holding forth on the merits of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act at conventions statewide. Super Lawyers Magazine also named Derek a 2012 “Rising Star”.
If you are a seriously injured accident victim in Washington State who wants a dedicated, experienced, personal injury lawyer on your side, call Derek.