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March 2, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Injury Lawyer Patrick Montoya Helps Victims of Negligence

Wrongdoing will not stop itself. Someone needs to speak up for those harmed by negligence and disrespect. In this video, injury lawyer Patrick Montoya explains why he became a lawyer, and how his early legal experience inspires him to help those who need it most.

Video Transcription

I became a lawyer because I wanted to help people and I know that’s an answer that people probably hear a lot from lawyers, but for me it rings very true. I felt very early on in my life that I wanted to be in politics and then I learned as I studied politics and became slightly disenchanted with it that you’re not able to affect change in individuals as quickly as you like and as greatly as you like. I feel through responsible litigation that we’ve conducted that we’ve been able to change people’s lives and make real change and real difference in their lives.

In addition to changing individual’s lives, we’ve also had impact on the law and legislation and I think making society better. I was very lucky right out of the box. My first case was the Menorah Gardens Cemetery litigation, where there are approximately 40,000 people buried in two Jewish cemeteries in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Counties. The graves were being desecrated by the companies that run the two cemeteries.

The case took three years to litigate, but at the end of the case, we ended up settling the case for quite frankly a lot of money, for $100 million, but more importantly was the change that we made in the State of Florida. The legislature after our case changed all the rules and regulations as it related to cemeteries and really clamped down in terms of regulating how cemetery spaces were sold and the spacing and the mapping requirements and really getting in to the field to make sure it was safe for consumers.

I can’t think of any more important area than being able to honor someone’s family or being able to honor our loved ones and the dead frankly. To make change in that one area, the cemetery and funeral service industry, right out of the box, gave me great inspiration as a lawyer. Ever since that case, and frankly since my first case, that’s inspired me to go on and to continue the work that I’m doing.