Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, recently spoke at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Conference, which was held on March 20 – 23, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM. Montoya served as a panelist in the discussion titled “Masterclass: The Art of Storytelling,” which provided an in-depth look at developing a theme and story for each case and honed in on story-building strategies to use from the beginning to the end of litigation.
Montoya, an experienced trial lawyer, spoke specifically about the importance of storytelling as it applies to successful litigation and touched upon his personal successful storytelling techniques as well as assisted participants in developing their own narrative strategies to ensure positive outcomes for their clients.
The 10th annual conference was presented by HNBA, a national membership organization that was founded in 1972, which represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States.
With more than 15 years 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.
A fellow of the American Bar Association, Montoya currently serves on the Dade County Bar Association board of directors and was recently honored with the prestigious Theodore Klein Award by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) for his steadfast dedication to supporting women’s issues and advancement. He also 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.
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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The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with 50 years of experience handling local, national and international litigation, and arbitration. Members of the firm have been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile and landmark cases resulting in impactful and precedential rulings. A mid-size firm with a diverse staff comprised of more than 50 percent women and minorities, Colson Hicks Eidson prides itself on a track record of developing future leaders within the legal profession and its civic and community involvement. Members of the firm have held notable positions serving on the boards of prominent institutions, such as the State University System of Florida and the Florida State Board of Education, and holding high-ranking offices, including President of the 60,000-member American Association for Justice; President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; President of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers; President of the Dade County Bar Association; President of the Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers; United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Chairman of the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.