An eleven-year veteran of United States Naval Aviation, Liam Montgomery zealously advocates for clients large and small. He focuses on complex civil trials, principally in matters relating to environmental law, life sciences, and financial and actuarial services. Liam has tried or arbitrated numerous cases, including two as the first chair attorney. He has managed and led civil and criminal jury trials and arbitrations for Fortune 50 companies, national banks, international consulting firms, and individuals in federal and state courts across the country.
Liam also actively gives back to the community through pro bono litigation and community service. In 2022, Liam was recognized as a finalist for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by Chambers. Selected to the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll every year since 2011, Liam’s pro bono practice concentrates on veterans’ causes and advocating for victims of crime. Liam is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, a non-profit that provides free legal and social services to the victims of crimes. He is also an active member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Diversity and Inclusion Committees.
Prior to his legal career, Liam served in the United States Navy for more than eleven years as a naval flight officer and forward air controller (airborne) flying the F-14 Tomcat. Liam completed three deployments on board aircraft carriers, including a deployment to the Arabian Sea after 9/11 in support of operations in Afghanistan. He uses the leadership lessons he learned in the Navy to help advance leadership and management in the legal profession.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Liam’s recent experience includes:
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company in one of the largest and most complex environmental MDLs pending in the United States.
- Representation of a Fortune 500 company before the United States Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in connection with a dispute over an arbitration claim.
- Representation of the family of an inventor in a patent licensing trial that resulted in a $309 million jury verdict in favor of the client.
- Representation of a major national bank in a two-week arbitration hearing against its vendors alleging more than $300 million in damages.
- Lead trial counsel in jury trial representing a criminal defendant charged with armed robbery and other felony offenses.
- First-chair arbitration hearing representation against a fraudulent home contractor, resulting in a judgment for more than $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages and attorneys’ fees for the client.
- One of the lead attorneys in a challenge before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to the multi-year delays in the VA’s handling of disability benefits appeals.