Covering corporate law departments and in-house attorneys for Texas Lawyer and other ALM publications, reporter Kristen Rasmussen profiles Leslie Moore, general counsel at the American College of Emergency Physicians.
A 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation, the American College of Emergency Physicians is a medical association founded in 1968 by a small group of physicians sharing a commitment to improving the quality of emergency care. Today the group represents more than 35,000 emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and medical students nationwide and is a leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public. Each state has its own separately incorporated chapter that works closely with the Irving-based national office to represent members.
Moore is the association's general counsel as well as its only in-house attorney. "I have a paralegal and legal assistant that I work very closely with to ensure all of the college's legal needs are met," she said.
The association works primarily with Washington, D.C.-based Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, which specializes in health care policy and advocacy issues. However, it turns to Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani for employment matters, Thompson & Knight for intellectual property issues and Gardere for tax and employee benefits. The group also recently used Apple & Fink when selling its previous building and constructing a new headquarters.
In addition to managing the American College of Emergency Physicians' legal department, Moore said she also oversees the human resources and office services departments and helps handle ethics complaints brought by members against other physician members who may have violated the group's code of ethics. She also reviews and negotiates contracts, consults on employment matters, handles all trademark and copyright issues, coordinates the group's participation in amicus briefs, provides legal support to the board of directors and manages outside counsel. "As the only attorney at ACEP, my job is never boring," she said.
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After graduating from SMU Dedman School of Law, Moore worked for Brewer, Anthony & Middlebrook, a boutique firm specializing in the representation of nonprofit organizations, mainly churches and para-church ministries. She then became associate GC at Mothers Against Drunk Driving, where she was promoted to GC in 2007. Five years later, she returned to her old firm, now Brewer, Jackson & Lang, and worked part time from home. Moore joined the American College of Emergency Physicians as its GC in 2014.
"I've always been a nonprofit attorney, which is truly my calling in life," she said. "My dad is a minister, and he has always taught our family that true joy in life comes from serving others. Because of this, when I decided to become an attorney, nonprofit law was the perfect marriage of the law and my faith. I feel very fulfilled in my chosen vocation."
Moore is originally from suburban Los Angeles. She and her husband, Joshua, have one daughter and one son—Faith, 14, a rising high school freshman, and 11-year-old J.D., who will enter the fifth grade this fall. The family is active in its church, Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton.
"While I would love to brag about my numerous hobbies, I spend most of my free time as an 'unpaid Uber driver' taking my kids to their various activities and trying to soak up moments just hanging out with my family," Moore said. "It's tiring, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."
"Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance, a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate's memoir of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town and an analysis of the struggles of America's white working class. A big fan of "a good audiobook," Moore said she is just finishing listening to "Fervent" by Priscilla Shirer, a book about the power of prayer.