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Dedra Brock-Moore- The Law Offices of Dedra Brock-Moore

dedra-brock-mooreDedra Brock-Moore knew she wanted to be a lawyer as early as age 6.

“I knew I liked to talk,” she said. “I emceed my kindergarten graduation.”

From a young age, she said she enjoyed public speaking. In high school, she was a member of her school’s debate team.

“I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” she said. “I like the challenge of the advocacy and really putting myself in the shoes of someone else, whether on the plaintiff’s side or the defense.”

The East St. Louis native graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2009. She went on to work as an associate for Brown & James; the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a legal-aid organization in Illinois; and The Law Offices of Evelyn C. Lewis.

In 2013, she opened her own firm as a solo practitioner in East St. Louis. Today, she has offices in the Central West End in St. Louis and in Belleville, Illinois.

She said she wanted to make a difference in the community as well as provide affordable legal services.

“I had worked for other law firms, and I had experience in criminal law and family and housing and I did insurance clients,” she said. “I realized that I was more passionate about helping individuals than having corporate clients.”

Today, Brock-Moore’s practice includes a mix of defense and plaintiff’s work — she defends criminal clients and represents plaintiffs on personal injury and workers’ compensation claims. She practices family law, landlord-tenant law and also bankruptcy law.

She said she most enjoys the aspect of advocating for her clients, “just being creative with dispute resolutions, being able to think outside the box and pushing myself and not looking at things as everything black and white.”

Brock-Moore said it’s important to her to humanize her criminal clients.

“I get personal with clients, especially with the criminal side, asking, ‘How did we get here? Is there a mental-health issue? How did you perform in school?’” she said.

One of her priorities is finding assistance for her clients, whether it means getting someone charged with DWI into treatment for alcohol abuse or finding a place to live for others who are on the brink of homelessness.

In addition to her legal practice, Brock-Moore is director of children’s ministry at her St. Louis church, Southside Christian Center, where her husband is pastor. She said her hope is that one day her legal skills could be of use to members of the community as a ministry through her church. She said if she could take care of her family also, she’d practice law for free.

“That is my prayer,” she said.

She also mentors teen mothers, connecting them to resources such as clothing, daycare and jobs. That work is personal, as Brock-Moore was herself a teen mom of two children before she turned 18.

“I was blessed to have an opportunity to give back to East St. Louis,” she said. “People say so many negative things about East St. Louis, but it’s actually a great place.”

As a mother of seven and grandmother of soon-to-be nine grandchildren, Brock-Moore said she is “the true matriarch” of her family.

She said family is important, both personally and in society as a whole.

“My main goal is restoring the family,” she said. “I think that’s a lot of our problem, we don’t believe in the family anymore.”