Retired Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore

Thelma Moore

Title: Principal Attorney, Retired Judge
Company: Moore Law LLC
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Retired Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, Principal Attorney, Retired Judge at Moore Law LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.

Ms. Cummings Moore intended to go to medical school. Her brother insisted that she follow his example and go to Emory University. By doing so, she found out that law ended up being her true calling. Also attending the University of California Los Angeles during a time of unrest in the country helped lead her to the path of law. She went to UCLA with the founder of Kwanza. There were only 100 African Americans out of 260,000 students with one person from Africa. It was an awakening, and the awareness of the civil movements in the world, that inspired her. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and zoology from UCLA with honors in 1965. She then received a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law, with distinction in 1971.

Ms. Cummings Moore attributes her success to the fact that she believes she has been lead into taking the path that she has taken. She was led by phenomenal people such as her family, her parents, and her grandparents. Then to have met Maynard Holbrook Jackson the first black Mayor of Atlanta, elected 1974. She worked on his campaign and he is the one who appointed her to judge of the Municipal Court of Atlanta in 1977. It was just amazing people whom she could follow because of their leadership, and who she could follow. It was already in her heart but she is glad she was able to have them as examples. She was then appointed judge of the State Court of Fulton County by the governor in 1985. From 1990 until she retired in 2009, she was a judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County in Georgia. Since 2010, she has been the principal attorney of Moore Law, LLC. As a testament to her success, Ms. Cummings Moore has received myriad accolades including but not limited to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Bar Association in 2020, William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the state of Georgia in 2001, an NAACP Legacy Award, Gate City Bar Association Legacy Award and The Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award for Commitment to Equality in 2014.

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