Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Charles A. "Charley" Moore

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Charles A. "Charley" Moore

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On January 21, 2016, our professional community lost one of its genuine "Lions" when Charles A. ("Charley") Moore passed away peacefully in the company of his family in Houston, Texas.

Charley devoted his life to family, faith, friends, and the practice of law. Born November 17, 1950, to Harrell and Caroline Moore, Charley spent his formative years in the Texas Panhandle playing football and becoming enamored with Texas politics and the energy industry that surrounded him, not knowing that those early interests would come together to forge his life-long career and passion. Recruited by Coach Bill Yeoman to play football for the University of Houston (UH) Cougars, Charley moved to Houston where, after starting at left offensive tackle for three straight seasons and graduating with a B.A., he was the second Cougar football player admitted to UH's law school. Following his graduation magna cum laude, Charley became a highly successful trial attorney at the law firm of Reynolds, Allen & Cook.

At the age of thirty, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the (correct) belief that a Texas lawyer, as feared by competitors in the courtroom as on the football field, could whip the fledgling agency into shape. Despite being a self-admitted neophyte in the byzantine ways of Washington, DC, and the arcane world of federal energy regulation, he was a quick study, displaying a brilliant legal and tactical mind masked by his "good ole' boy" demeanor, always colorfully on display when he talked joyfully of Cougar Football or peppered his conversations with humorous Texas maxims. Charley's outgoing, Texas-sized personality (and ubiquitous cigar) won him fast friends and admirers in Washington. …

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