CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 26, 2010) – Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, was invited by the Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE) to speak on the subject of handling mass tort litigation at an upcoming seminar. IPE is a division of the National Business Institute that provides continuing legal education to paralegals, legal assistants and paralegal students.
Montoya, who serves as a member of the IPE’s Review Board, will explain the definition of mass tort, the basic foundation of multi-district litigation and class actions, provide tips on how to effectively organize the case from client intake to settlement or trial, and address jurisdictional questions.
“Handling cases that include representation of tens to hundreds of clients takes a standard litigation practice to a whole new level, and paralegals play an integral role in the execution of such cases,” said Montoya. “I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge and assist paralegals in becoming valuable and successful members of the litigation team.”
The seminar, “Mass Tort for Paralegals”, is the first of a two part Mass Tort Litigation Series. Montoya’s 60 minute presentation will be held July 29th at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and will be available via webcast and/or teleconference.
As a member of IPE’s Review Board, Montoya assist in formulating and reviewing continuing education programs for paralegals across the United States. He previously completed an informative six-part webinar series entitled “E-Discovery for Paralegals.”
Montoya focuses his practice on general personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, class action, aviation law, and construction law and has multiple multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements to his credit. He lectures nationally to attorneys and paralegals on a variety of legal issues and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law in the Legal Research and Writing program.
Montoya previously served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida’s Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures and the Executive Committee for the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), Greater Miami Region. He was awarded the “Donor Next Door” Award from the Dade Community Foundation for his volunteerism with the NCCJand was recently named among “40 Under 4O” outstanding lawyers in Miami-Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his commitment to improving the community and dedication to providing outstanding legal service.