James I. Montgomery Jr.

Senior Counsel

1880 Century Park East, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067-1621

Phone: (310) 552-3400
Fax: (310) 552-0805
Email: jimontgomery@gibbsgiden.com
Professional Experience

James I. Montgomery, Jr. is senior counsel at the firm. He is a civil litigation trial lawyer with over thirty-four years of litigation experience in the practice areas of civil trial and appellate law, insurance defense, products liability, and commercial law. Mr. Montgomery is a former partner of a prominent insurance and commercial law defense firm.

Mr. Montgomery specializes in the analysis, negotiation and defense of civil litigation matters including automobile accidents, premises liability, construction defects, land subsidence, landlord-tenant habitability, toxic torts, construction accidents, personal injury, professional liability, products liability and major losses. His insurance defense experience includes cases arising out of commercial, homeowners and automobile policies.

Mr. Montgomery’s representative clients include QBE Insurance Company, Clarendon National Insurance Company, Adventist Risk Management, Inc., North American Risk Services, and York Insurance Services Group, Inc.

Mr. Montgomery also has a significant amount of trial experience with a high success rate. Notably, Mr. Montgomery was called upon by a client to replace ineffective counsel in a wrongful death action just prior to trial. Adding to the case complications, he inherited the case burdened with a terminating sanction order. Despite the obstacles, Mr. Montgomery was successful in achieving a defense verdict for the client.

Mr. Montgomery has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1981 and is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of California. He is President of the African American Insurance Professionals Foundation; former president of the John M. Langston Bar Association; a member of the National Bar Association; and a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and a member of Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Mr. Montgomery is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who.

Mr. Montgomery earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1981. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from Northwestern University in 1978.

Practice Areas

Civil Trial and Appellate Practice; Insurance Defense Litigation; Products Liability Litigation; Construction Defect Litigation; Premises Liability Litigation; Landlord Tenant Habitability Litigation; and Commercial Law Litigation.


University of California at Los Angeles School of Law (J.D.), Los Angeles, CA, 1981
Honors: Moot Court Honors Program
Northwestern University (B.A., Political Science and Sociology), Evanston, IL, 1978

Professional Memberships/Certifications

State Bar of California
African American Insurance Professionals Foundation (President)
John M. Langston Bar Association (member, President 1996)
National Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Bar Admissions

California Bar No. 101123, 1981


Strathmore’s Who’s Who


• Clarendon National Insurance Company
• QBE the Americas
• Praetorian Insurance Company
• Adventist Risk Management, Inc.
• North American Risk Services
• York Insurance Services Group, Inc.

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