Patrick Moore

M. Patrick Moore Jr.

Counsel

  • 617-557-9715
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

M. Patrick Moore Jr.

Counsel

  • 617-557-9715
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Pat Moore concentrates his practice in business, administrative, and appellate litigation. A former attorney in the White House and Massachusetts Governor’s Office, Pat has a unique understanding of the legislative process, government regulations and litigation. From challenging a regulatory action to advising on ballot initiatives, Pat is a strong advocate at the local, state and federal level.

Pat advises clients on the impact of legislation, regulation, and sub-regulatory initiatives. He also counsels clients on a variety of election law, election recount, ballot, and campaign finance issues, including political action committees (PACs) and super PACs.

Pat has litigated at each level of the Massachusetts court system and in federal district and appellate courts throughout the country. In addition to advocating before federal and state regulatory agencies, Pat also represents clients before professional licensure boards.

Before joining Hemenway & Barnes, Pat was an Associate Counsel and Advisor for Presidential Personnel at the White House in the administration of President Barack Obama. There, he vetted prospective Presidential nominees for executive, judicial, and independent agency positions; evaluated clemency petitions; and analyzed innumerable legal issues inherent in the administration of the federal government.

In addition, Pat was a Deputy Counsel in the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, under Governor Deval L. Patrick and Governor Charles D. Baker. Among other responsibilities, Pat analyzed and provided actionable advice on the many constitutional, legislative, and regulatory issues that affect (or can be affected by) the Office of the Governor.

At the outset of his legal career, Pat practiced for several years at a large Boston firm, a period that included a fellowship in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Honorable Robert J. Cordy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Representative Clients

  • With the Attorney General’s Office, successfully represented the Governor of the Commonwealth in a Supreme Judicial Court matter brought by a former judicial nominee.
  • Advised the Executive Branch in connection with the filing of legislation to create the Commonwealth’s Transportation Network Company Division, which is charged with licensing and overseeing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
  • Create and provide council on regulatory compliance for political advocacy and social welfare organizations.
  • While in the Governor’s Office, drafted, revised, and reviewed countless regulations, and particularly those emanating from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Thereafter, provided advice to companies, organizations, and individuals affected by proposed regulations.
  • Member of litigation team that successfully defended a $2.2 billion merger in Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Drafted an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, former Solicitor General Drew Days III, and other former Justice Department officials in support of the Voting Rights Act.

Accolades

Named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star List, 2017

Activities and Publications

  • Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association's Government Lawyers Forum.
  • Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School, teaching Administrative Law:
    • Conflict of Laws (2010 - 2014)
    • Administrative Law (2017)
    • Lawyering for Elected Officials (2018)
  • Author of “Regulations & Rulemaking,” a chapter in a 2015 Massachusetts administrative law treatise entitled LexisNexis Massachusetts Administrative Law Manual.
  • Co-author of “Executive Order: Strike of a Pen, Law of the Land?,” published in the Boston Bar Journal

Patrick Moore’s Comment on Litigation and Administrative Law

“Effective advocacy begins with a full understanding of a client’s interests and objectives. On that foundation, a thoughtful, persuasive approach – consistent with the client’s broader persona  can be custom built for the circumstances."

Patrick Moore
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