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J. Adam Moore

J. Adam Moore

Yakima, Washington

In addition to being one the select few lawyers in Washington who is qualified to defend clients in death penalty cases, Mr. Moore has won numerous awards and been recognized repeatedly for his outstanding advocacy.  Of especial note are:

The Federal Bar's Hemovich Award for depth of compassion for people, professional excellence, professional zeal that is tempered by wit, good humor and a colorful personality, and service to the federal bar

The Yakima County Bar's Professionalism Award

The William O. Douglas Award Founding Member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL): Mr. Moore not only helped to found the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), he also received the association's prestigious William O. Douglas Award for outstanding representation. This award is given to an attorney who displays extraordinary courage and dedication to the practice of criminal law, and is the highest award given by the WACDL.

He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for white collar and criminal defense and in Super Lawyers for general criminal defense for multiple years.

American College of Trial Lawyers fellow: Mr. Moore is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). The ACTL is the premier attorney organization in the United States and Canada. Membership is reserved for only the most highly regarded attorneys in their field, as determined by a panel of their peers. No more than 1% of lawyers licensed in each state are granted admission to the ACTL.

Death penalty qualification: For many years, Mr. Moore has been qualified by the Supreme Court to defend death penalty cases in the state of Washington at the trial court level. Currently, only a select few attorneys have met the rigorous standards required to achieve qualification.

For a look at one of the more intriguing of Mr. Moore’s highly-publicized cases, we recommend A Fever In The Heart And Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume III. 

To view Mr. Moore arguing in front of the Washington Supreme Court, visit TVW.  

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Felonies in both state and federal courts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Search and Seizure
  • Drug Cases
  • Assault
  • Embezzlement
  • Theft
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Federal False Claims
  • Insurance Fraud

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1969
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • B.S. - 1966

Published Works

  • "They Tried to Get Me-The Trial of Clarence Darrow" (Co-Author), W.S.B.A. Convention, Whistler, B.C., 1989


  • "They Tried to Get Me-The Trial of Clarence Darrow," Presented by the Criminal Law Section, W.S.B.A. Convention, Whistler, B.C., 1989
  • "Whatever Happened to the 4th Amendment", W.S.B.A., Presented at U.W. Law School, Fall, 1991
  • "Specialized Problems in the Representation of Judges Before the C.J.C. (Commission on Judicial Conduct)", Superior Court Judges Association Annual Meeting, Blaine, Washington, April, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • Federal Bar Association's Hemovitch Award, 1993
  • William O. Douglas Award, 1999
  • Yakima County Bar Professionalism Award, 2002
  • Lawyer Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1988 - 1990
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar, Criminal Law Section, Member, Past Chair
  • Washington State Bar, Former Member, Civil Rights Committee
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Founding Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

The Adam Moore Law Firm serves clients throughout central Washington, including court appearances in the cities of Yakima, Ellensburg, Goldendale, Selah, Union Gap, Klickitat, Cle Elum, Sunnyside, Grandview, Wapato, Toppenish and Zillah, as well as other communities in Yakima County, Kittitas County, Klickitat County, the Upper Yakima Valley and the Lower Yakima Valley.


The Adam Moore Law Firm
217 North Second Street
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone: 509-388-2291
Fax: 509-452-6771
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