Folks driving through Caro may recognize Phoebe Moore walking along the street in the city’s downtown district.
Probably because they’ve seen her previously at a Caro High School sporting event, or at one of the city’s youth sports facilities, or at any of the many functions she takes part in outside of the workplace.
It is common to see Moore walking between her law firm – Phoebe J. Moore, PC, 243 N. State St. in Caro – and the Tuscola County Courthouse, just a couple of blocks to the west. But even more common to catch a glimpse of the attorney at a community event.
“The way I was raised is to always give back,” Moore said. “If you can keep your focus on bettering the community around you and giving to others, I think you’re a success. I don’t think success should be measured by dollars and cents.”
Since moving to Caro in 2000, Moore has been focused on her family, job and community. She is a member of the Caro Rotary Club, chairing both the Scholarship Committee and the Interact Club, a founder of the Caro girls’ youth basketball league and has coached softball and basketball at different levels in the community since arriving in town.
Moore would tell you that her favorite sport is basketball, and she has instilled her love of the game into her three children, along with a passion for other sports.
She’ll also tell you that playing sports is a key ingredient in being a successful adult.
“I firmly believe that,” Moore said. “So I teach my kids, and teach young kids, about being involved in sports.”
She added that being an athlete is especially important in the law profession.
“Bringing that athleticism into the practice of law, it’s necessary,” Moore said. “Tuscola County, it’s a wonderful place to practice law, you get a chance to help people with their very important needs, give them that confidence that I bring from being on a basketball team.”
Moore, 47, grew up in metro Detroit and graduated from Rochester Adams High School. She attended Smith College, a women’s liberal arts school in Northampton, Mass. Upon graduation, Moore received her law degree from New England School of Law.
Moore played basketball at Smith, and starred. She graduated as the school’s career scoring leader and once scored 37 points in a game. Her scoring record has since been bested but Moore still holds the Smith College career field goals record. She also played softball at Smith.
She was inducted into the college’s second athletic hall of fame class in 2014.
The former Phoebe Jacob married Caro car dealer Brad Moore and moved to Caro in 2000. Once she got settled in, Moore began a Caro youth basketball program for girls in the third through sixth grades.
“When I came here, there was no feeder program at all,” Moore said. “So I wanted to do my part to help (Caro basketball at the high school level). It was a way to give back, not just to my kids but to the community.”
Now divorced, Moore juggles her career and community efforts with her children’s academic and athletic schedules. Moore’s three kids will be entering sixth, eighth and 12th grade this fall, respectively. And all are avid athletes and good students.
In addition to all of her aforementioned duties, Moore is also CEO of Varsity Monthly Thumb Edition.
By day, Moore is owner and CEO of her own law firm. According to the Phoebe J. Moore, PC website “Our goal is to provide quality legal support and counsel to our clients. We have a reputation for thoroughness and preparedness that is widely recognized and respected in the legal community. We work together, with the client, to achieve the most successful client outcome. Our attorneys are committed, experienced lawyers who take our responsibilities seriously, knowing that the results we achieve for our client will have a lasting impact on their lives.”
Moore’s staff includes Melissa Malloy, Carmen Stevens and Tammy McCool.
It also includes part-time employees who help out around the office. Working at the firm this summer is 2016 Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School graduate Nicole Bauer, who is attending Stanford University on a softball scholarship during the school year.
“I want to be a role model, so they know what they can achieve,” Moore said. “Being a leader in the women’s professional movement is about showing young women how to do it.”
Moore said the key reason for her prosperity are the folks that she sees every day in her office.
“It is because of my supportive, capable and caring staff and family,” she said. “And I am truly grateful for all of their support.”