Mike Moore was Attorney General of the State of Mississippi from 1988 – 2004 and now practices law in the areas of dispute resolution and governmental relations with his own firm, Mike Moore Law Firm, LLC, in Flowood, Mississippi. Prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Moore practiced with Phelps Dunbar in Jackson, Mississippi.
He received national attention in 1994, when he filed the first suit against 13 tobacco companies making Mississippi the first state to insist that cigarette manufacturers reimburse the State for costs it incurred treating smoking-related illnesses. The suit resulted in a $4.1 billion settlement for the State of Mississippi. Mr. Moore also led the national tobacco litigation effort, which resulted in a $246 billion recovery for all of the states. Before his 16 years as Mississippi’s Attorney General, he served as District Attorney on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for two terms.
Mr. Moore has worked tirelessly for the Boys & Girls Clubs across this country and particularly in his home state of Mississippi. As Attorney General, Mike Moore secured over $7 million from the Mississippi Legislature that his office provided to the Clubs of his state. From 2000 to 2003, Moore worked with the Government Relations Office of Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide another $7 million in federal funds that helped double the number of Clubs in Mississippi. Even today, Mike Moore travels across the country speaking on behalf of Clubs and encouraging state government officials to invest in the Clubs in their respective states.
In 1992 Mr. Moore became the first resident Mississippian to be selected as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Americans by the National Jaycees. Recognized by his peers as a leader, in 1994 his fellow Attorneys General bestowed upon him the prestigious Wyman Award, naming him the most outstanding Attorney General in the Nation. He also served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General. In 1998 the National Law Journal named him “Lawyer of the Year,” and Governing Magazine named him “Public Official of the Year.” In May of 2003 the National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids presented him with their “Champion Award” for a decade of service in protecting America’s young people from tobacco addiction and his role in protecting the nation’s health. In 2004 Mr. Moore was the recipient of the Julius Richmond Award which is the highest award given by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mr. Moore has stayed very active in Tobacco Prevention work across America and still chairs The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, the state’s tobacco prevention program that he founded after the settlement in 1998. He serves on the National Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
Mr. Moore is married to Letitia and has one son, Kyle.
Jonathan Compretta is an associate in the Mike Moore Law Firm in Mississippi. Mr. Compretta specializes in government relations representation and political strategy at the state level in Mississippi as well as various other states.
Immediately after graduating law school Mr. Compretta began his career as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Mississippi serving as the Legislative Liaison for the Office. In that capacity he quickly demonstrated his ability to establish positive relationships with the Mississippi Legislature and state officials that resulted in passage of legislation that revolutionized criminal laws and provided increased funding for the state’s prosecutors and youth development organizations.
After five years of working for two different Attorneys General, Mr. Compretta changed his focus of working in just one state to overseeing the government relations activities in six states for the leading youth development nonprofit in the country. In his new capacity as Government Relations Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of America he worked with Clubs in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia to secure government dollars for programming.
In two short years, the Clubs in these states saw a dramatic increase in funding secured from state legislatures and state agencies that allowed them to provide quality after-school programs to
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youths in those states. In 2006, he helped secure over $6 million for Clubs in those states, a $3.7 million increase since 2004 when he took over the government relations efforts in those states.
Jonathan has also directed the re-election efforts for Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in 2007 and 2011, accomplishing resounding victories both times. Under Compretta’s leadership, Attorney General Hood was not only the sole Democrat to win statewide but won with more votes than Governor Haley Barbour in 2007 and won more counties than Governor Phil Bryant in 2011.
Jonathan Compretta has a bachelor of arts in political science from Tulane University and a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is the former Director of American Legion Department of Mississippi Boys State. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Caroline, and their two sons.