Local attorney and McMinnville native Ryan J. Moore is announcing he is running for General Sessions Judge. Warren County’s General Sessions Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes, traffic violations, civil matters in controversy of $25,000 or less, landlord-tenant actions, divorce and juvenile matters.
“I’m running because it is time to bring some needed change and I can improve the court system,” Moore said. “The pandemic brought our court system to a halt for the better part of last year, causing a tremendous backlog of cases. The people of Warren County deserve an efficient court system that protects taxpayer dollars and is more respectful of people’s time. I promise to bring a responsive presence to the bench by being on schedule, prepared and productive. I’m committed to holding court five days a week with earlier start times, fewer recesses, and less continuances.”
“For decades, General Sessions Courts have been called the legal workhorse of dispute resolution. It’s the only court many people will ever see because of its broad jurisdiction. I believe in the importance of a strong work ethic and I will work just as hard on the bench as I do in private practice.”
Moore is the Municipal Judge for the town of Morrison. He has a broad general practice that offers significant experience for the General Sessions Court.
Raised to give back to others and committed to the success of our community, Moore volunteers as legal counsel for the Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District, the Black History Museum of Warren County, and the Warren County A&L Fair. He is a member of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference and Tennessee Bar Association. He is an active member of Morrison Ruritan Club and the Advisory Board of the Warren County High School Career and Technical Education programs and serves as the annual Master of ceremonies for the Warren County Fairest of the Fair.
Moore was recently honored by the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Commission with their 2020 Attorney for Justice award. The Tennessee Supreme Court presents this recognition to attorneys in Tennessee who volunteer significant time to assisting those in their communities who are unable to afford legal work.
Moore graduated Cum Laude from Belmont University, worked full time for his family’s business while attending Nashville School of Law at night, and is a Tennessee Judicial Academy graduate.
“Growing up, I worked at my dad’s small business. He and my mom, a public-school teacher, instilled in me a strong work ethic and taught me the importance of treating people fairly,” Moore said.
Moore is a Past President of the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club and a former Board of Directors member of the McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center and Main Street McMinnville. Passionate about promoting downtown, Moore previously served on the City of McMinnville’s Historic Zoning Commission and was the 2020 Main Street McMinnville Golden Award recipient for Excellence in Preservation of the Downtown Community. Moore’s law practice is located where the old Dugan’s Grocery used to be, and as part of remodeling, Moore had the historic Dr Pepper mural on the side of the building completely restored for everyone to enjoy.
Ryan and his wife, Ashley, who is an RN for Warren County High School, have been married 14 years and have two children. They are active members of Westwood Church of Christ.