Desiree Moore is a partner in the Chicago office of the global law firm, K&L Gates. She is a litigation partner and founding member and co-lead of the firm’s Digital Crisis Planning & Response (DCPR) client solution. She counsels corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, sports leagues, and high-profile individuals in proactively planning for and effectively managing crises of varying magnitudes, including data breach, online defamation, harassment, and impersonation, university and other education scandals, celebrity disgrace events, key person transitions and investigations, leaked confidential and proprietary information, and more. Her work balances the considerations of a public-facing crisis with smart and prudent legal action. Desiree has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more on behalf of clients who are navigating high-pressure situations.
Desiree also regularly helps clients proactively identify and manage the risks associated with social media use. She counsels individuals and corporations alike on social media best practices, how to effectively implement regulations for social media use in and outside of the workplace, and how to implement disciplinary measures for unlawful social media use.
As a trial attorney, Desiree has successfully litigated in state and federal court and has managed high-level disputes in sectors such as cryptocurrency, social media, intellectual property, entertainment, product liability, labor and employment, and class action defense at the trial and appellate levels. As a co-resident of the firm’s Doha, Qatar office, she also has extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration.
Desiree is also the firm’s director of professional development, where she oversees the implementation of innovative training and other programming for attorneys and staff globally, including programs that have gained national attention such as the Mini-MBA, Pitch Perfect, Ted-style Talks, and more. Desiree is actively involved in the firmwide Women in the Profession group and spearheads the Women’s Mastermind program, which supports the business development goals of women associates and partners.
In the course of her work, whether in high-stakes matters for high-profile clients, or in working one-on-one with associates to help them achieve their own goals, Desiree is uniquely focused on finding meaning in a legal career, and combining ambition and drive with community, connection, and a passion for helping others.
Outside of K&L Gates, Desiree sits on the board of Ingenuity, a nonprofit that is focused on increasing arts education access, quality, and equity in Chicago Public Schools. Desiree is also a member of the Ethics and Grievance Committee for USA Gymnastics. When time allows, Desiree enjoys writing, and is the author of Thrive - a New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice (American Bar Association, 2012) and “Foodie Tales,” a children and family cookbook inspired by classic children’s literature (Mascot Books, 2020).
Desiree is married to K&L Gates litigation partner Abe Moore. They have three children, Johnny, Poppy, and Jude, and a golden doodle, Habibi. As a family, they live for weekends, where a walk to the park, an afternoon of baking, and pizza and movie night are high on the list of to-dos.