James D. Montgomery Sr., JD

James Montgomery

Title: President
Company: James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

James D. Montgomery Sr., JD, President of James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Legal Services.

Specializing in civil litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice, Mr. Montgomery has been practicing the law for 61 years, and has quite a few stories to tell. He was a volunteer in the 1960s in the defense of Black Panthers members being arrested for gun violations and other misdemeanors. When the leader of the Illinois chapter of the group, Fred Hampton, was killed by police, Mr. Montgomery volunteered to represent his girlfriend in the proceedings. Mr. Montgomery has tried to live up to his heroes, Perry Mason, Clarence Darrow, and Thurgood Marshall. He is looking forward to the release of his biography in 2018, titled “Full Circle Race, Law, and Justice, Inside My Life.”

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Montgomery has appeared in the 55th edition of Who’s Who in America, and studied with the University of Illinois to earn a JD in 1956. He was an assistant U.S. attorney with the Northern District of Illinois from 1958 to 1960, and launched his first sole practice that year. He went on to partner with numerous firms bearing his name, and was corporate counsel of the city of Chicago from 1983 to 1986. As an undergraduate admirer of Thurgood Marshall, Mr. Montgomery was fascinated by the equalization of teachers’ salaries and education segregation. Because of Clarence Darrow, he spent the first 30 years of his career in criminal defense.

Mr. Montgomery was named a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a trustee of the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, and was recently honored with a 2017 Edwin Bill C. Berry Award from the Chicago Urban League. He was also inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2017, and won the 1996 Earl Burrus Dickerson Award from the Chicago Bar Association after being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Bar Association. Mr. Montgomery is admitted to practice in Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as well as the Seventh Circuit.

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