View of the southeast face of Artesonraju climbed by Michael Moore and his climbing partner Randy. Photograph by Michael Moore.

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401 West “A” St.
Suite 1650
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619 234 4114
Fax: 619 234 7717

About Us

The Law Offices of Michael E. Moore provides professional legal services to individuals and businesses in the areas of Litigation, Business Law, Criminal Law, and International matters relevant to Japan and Japanese Businesses and Individuals.

Although we prefer to meet our clients personally in our offices, through the use of the internet and modern technology we are able to fully service the majority of our clients without them having to come to our offices.


My firm was established on the same day I was sworn in as an attorney (June 11, 1996). A Japanese man was being investigated by Secret Service and Treasury Department agents. I didn’t have an office or much experience – but my first case was a federal case. I won the case and with the fee earned, opened my first office in Santa Barbara, CA. I eventually moved my practice to San Diego and have been here for the since 2001. With perseverance I’ve continued to win cases for my clients and work my way up from my first client meeting in a Border’s Bookstore café to having an office and staff on the 16th floor in downtown San Diego. I’ll exercise the same perseverance in your case to put you in a much better position then when you first called my office.


What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer? Why did you decide to be a lawyer?
Being a lawyer allows me to both question the authority of those imposing their authority upon my clients and to prevent my clients from being victimized by those who improperly exercise power and authority over them. I’m a self made man. I served 5 years in the United States Navy. Put myself through college and law school. I started my firm, the day I was sworn in as a lawyer, with my first client meeting at a Border’s Bookstore café. After finishing the Navy and graduating from UCSB, I lived in Japan for 3 years and learned the language. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and fought full contact kick boxing competitively for several years both in the U.S. and in Japan. I am an accomplished rock and ice climber, climbing several peaks with elevations of more than 20,000 feet. I’m an accomplished telemark skier (both backcountry and resort) and have traveled the world skiing, including Canada, South America and Japan. At the beaches and in the ocean, I’m a surfer and I raced outrigger canoes in California and Hawaii for 3 years.

To further my abilities to represent my clients in trial I attended and graduated from the 3 week Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. This was a life changing experience for me and has made me a better human and lawyer.

I don’t crack under pressure and have successfully prevailed against some of the largest corporations in the U.S. and Japan, which were represented by their equally largest law firms in the U.S. I truly appreciate the freedoms we enjoy in the U.S. and how important it is to protect our way of life.

Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?
While I was employed in Japan, I experienced first hand what it was like to be discriminated against in an employment setting. It frustrated me enough to take action – I didn’t want others to experience what I had experienced. Another reason, I was harassed by police when I was in high school – trying to extort me to become a snitch – and that experience developed a “question authority” attitude.  I’ve been the victim and have represented many  who have been victims of corporate and insurance company greed.  These corporations and insurance companies make it their goal to attack my client’s character – trying to portray them as undeserving of compensation.

What do you like best about your career?
I can help people in their greatest time of need. There is tremendous satisfaction for any attorney and their client when they prevail; especially when it appears the odds are against them.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Working out at the gym, skiing, surfing, mountain sports including alpine/ice/rock climbing.