Colson Hicks Eidson Partner Patrick S. Montoya Speaks at National Business Institute Seminar on Utilizing Social Media, Email and Smartphone Evidence at Trial

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2018) – Attorney Patrick S. Montoya, partner at the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, recently lectured at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) two-day seminar titled “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide,” which provided an in-depth look at that latest rules and procedures and case law surrounding the use of social media and electronic evidence at trial.

Montoya, an experienced trial lawyer, spoke specifically about Court Rules, Case Law and Recent Developments in regards to preservation, discovery, subpoenas and metadata. He also provided insight on Effectively Using Expert Witnesses, including what they do and how to use them, and provided tips on various examination tactics and sample questions, and the use of computer and audio forensic analysis and reports in court.

The event was presented by NBI, a continuing legal education platform for professionals that offers legal seminar opportunities with top law experts who share their knowledge on trending topics relative to the industry.

With more than 15 years of experience, Montoya represents plaintiffs in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability, 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.

About Colson Hicks Eidson

The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is a trial firm with nearly 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.



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