Over 25 years of experience

Our Firm

At the Charles Moure law firm, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of legal representation. Our team of experienced attorneys and support staff are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the personalized attention and care they deserve.


“Understanding begins with listening.”

Charles is ready to tackle your demanding case, domestic or international. His diverse work includes having seized multiple vessels in Korea for several US- and European-based companies, representing a Russian aircraft dealership to obtain an outstanding seven-figure debt from a US manufacturer, obtaining an outstanding debt against a US company for a Russian company selling seafood products, and arbitrating a multi-million dollar breach of contract action before CIETAC in Shenzhen, China. Charles recently won a landmark maritime case expanding a cruise line’s duty to care for passengers through their final disembarkation in Italy and prevailed in a two week contempt action brought in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leading media outlets including Fox News and PBS have interviewed Charles on a variety of issues, including maritime piracy and international criminal law. His extensive experience in the complex areas of maritime and international litigation and arbitration have earned widespread recognition, as well as the trust of high-profile clients around the world.

Charles grew up in Houston, Texas. In his free time he enjoys tennis, skiing, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Practice Areas

A Lawyer You Can Trust.



Experienced litigation attorney

Cruise Injury

Specialized cruise injury attorney

Maritime Law

Skilled maritime legal expert

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Professional Experience

Moure Law (2016-present)

Harris Moure (2004-2016)

Contract Attorney, Preston, Gates & Ellis (1998-2003)


Washington State Bar Association

Florida State Bar Association

Oregon State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Rotary International

Washington State Trial Lawyers’ Association

Published Articles

“Alter Ego Liability in Supplemental Rule B Admiralty Actions: The Winds Are Favorable,” JURIST, July 16, 2013.

Volunteer Activities

Operation Nightwatch Men’s Shelter, Epiphany Church

Media Appearances

“If you get sick at sea, what are your rights as a passenger?” Fox News, January 30, 2014.

“Ohio Man Sues After Wife Dies on Cruise in Belize,” The Morning Journal, October 21, 2011.

“Court: Sea Shepherd Anti-Whaling Protesters are Pirates,” The Seattle Times, February 26, 2013.

“Whalers Threaten Contempt Action Against Sea Shepherd,” The Sydney Morning Herald, February 4, 2013.

“Judge won’t halt Sea Shepherds’ anti-whaling actions in Antarcticas,”The Seattle Times, February 16, 2012.

“Bellevue Crab Importer Awaits Trial in Russia,” The Seattle Times, January 3, 2010.

“Entwistle speaks to U.S. officials over murders,” Fox News, January 30, 2006.

Speaking Engagements

“Legal Issues in Marine Life Preservation,” University of Washington, May 13, 2012.


University of Miami (L.L.M., Maritime Law, 1995)

St. Thomas University (B.A., 1989)

St. Thomas University School of Law (J.D., 1992)

Representative Work

ICR v. SSCS (2011): defended marine conservation organization against allegations of piracy in the Southern Ocean Simar v. Global Fishing (2010): represented Russian fishing company to collect on six-figure debt Mechling v. HAL (2011): obtained settlement for husband of victim of wrongful death at sea Kirk v. HAL (2006): represented injured cruise passenger in case extending cruise line’s duty of care for passengers through final disembarcation Wyler v. HAL (2003): obtained settlement for injured cruise passenger, leading court to publish opinion providing the summary judgment standard for all personal injury cases filed against Holland America Line

Bar And Court Admissions



Oregon U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


Dean’s List, St. Thomas University (1991)

High Honors in Admiralty, Professor Robert M. Jarvis

Judicial Extern, United States Federal District Court Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff

US Coast Guard Captain’s License

Additional Languages

Spanish (Conversational)
TalkingStick TV Interview with Seattle Attorney Charles Moure who represents the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
TalkingStick TV Interview with Seattle Attorney Charles Moure who represents the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Bill Radke, with KUOW’s The Record, interviewed Attorney Charles Moure about how cruises will work in the pandemic.