Richard J. Montes
Since joining MLN in 2003, Rich has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts. He has successfully handled matters involving medical and other professional malpractice; punitive damages; employment law; general negligence; toxic tort; products liability; and commercial litigation.
In 2012, Rich was inducted by Long Island Business News into its Class of 2012 “40 Under 40.” In 2011 and 2012, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. And in 2013-2015, he was recognized as a New Metro “Super Lawyer”.
Rich served as a chairperson of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Committee. He is a frequent lecturer for in-house counsel, insurance companies and hospitals on various topics such as New York’s structured judgment statutes, the Medical Indemnity Fund and controlling damages in catastrophic injury cases.
During his career, Rich has been dedicated to advancing and protecting the legal rights of the Hispanic community on Long Island. After serving as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association (LIHBA), in 2010, his colleagues elected him as the youngest President in the organization’s history. He was also selected by the Hispanic Network as one of the Top 25 Advocates for Latino Empowerment on Long Island. And in 2012, Rich was selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association as a recipient of the HNBA’s 2012 Top Attorneys Under 40 Award.
He is the current President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Community Service Fund (LIHBACSF). As President, he spearheaded the creation of the LIHBACSF. The LIHBSCF was created to help foster and promote the Long Island Hispanic community’s legal, educational and charitable missions, including providing scholarships to students and charitable assistance to worthy agencies and groups that serve the Long Island Hispanic community.
Rich graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, with a B.A. in government and psychology. Thereafter, he graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law as an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Before joining MLN, Rich worked as a law clerk for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court and was a summer law clerk for Justice Mel Greenberg of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Justice Anthony Marano, Supreme Court of New York, Nassau County.
He is admitted to practice law in New York, as well as the United States District Court in the Eastern and Southern districts of New York, the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.