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Colson Hicks Eidson Partner Patrick S. Montoya Named To The Miami-dade Trial Lawyers Association 2020 Board Of Directors

January 23, 2020
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Montoya Continues to Give Back; Serving Organizations that Protect the Rights of Innocent Citizens

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan.  22 2020) – Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, has been appointed to the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association 2020 Board of Directors. Montoya will be installed at the organization’s Annual Installation of Officers Gala on Feb. 29 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. He will serve a two-year term.

The Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association and its members are dedicated to the pursuit of justice, individual rights, access to courts, education and trial advocacy. The organization works to actively protect the rights, health, and economic security of every citizen threatened by the malicious, careless, or criminal behavior of those who seek to escape responsibility for their conduct.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the board of such a vital organization in our community,” said Montoya. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members this year to further the mission of the organization and protect the rights of innocent citizens.”

A fellow of the American Bar Association, Montoya is active within the legal community and protecting the rights of consumers. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice, the world’s largest trial bar and leading defender of civil justice, and is a member of the Dade County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. He previously served as president of the Miami Chapter of the American Inns of Court and on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida’s Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures.

He has also been an active member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) “Good Guys” program and received the prestigious Theodore Klein Award for his steadfast dedication to supporting women’s issues and advancement within the legal profession. Additionally, he received the Dade Community Foundation’s “Donor Next Door” Award for his volunteerism on the executive committee for the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ), Greater Miami Region.

A seasoned trial lawyer with more than two decades of experience, Montoya represents plaintiffs in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, aviation law, construction law, toxic torts, class action, and wrongful death. He has secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a recent $52 million verdict in Ocala, the largest in Ocala history, for a family involved in a catastrophic car accident.

Montoya 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. He recently published a book on Florida Evidence and Procedure, a practical perspective on Florida’s evidentiary and procedural codes from a trial lawyer’s point of view.

Montoya earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law as a member of the Moot Court Board and Inter-American Law Review. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Ethnic Studies, from Davidson College where he also lettered in football.

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