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   3James S. Montana Jr.Chicago(312) 853-2180montanalaw1@gmail.commontanalaw1@gmail.comThe Law Offices of James S. Montana Jrwww.jamesmontanalaw.comwww.jamesmontanalaw.commontanajames.jpgCommercial LitigationCriminal Defense Law: White CollarGaming & Casino LawGovernmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative LawCommercial LitigationWhite Collar CrimeGaming LawGovernment Relations
James S. Montana Jr.montanalaw1@gmail.com
The Law Offices of James S. Montana Jrhttp://www.jamesmontanalaw.com
20 S Clark St Ste 700
Chicago IL 60603
Ph.(312) 853-2180 Fx.(312) 759-2000Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Montana_JamesReprint_Bus2014.pdf
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar    White Collar Crime
Gaming & Casino Law     Gaming Law
Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law     Government Relations
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Montana, former chief legal counsel to Illinois Gov. James Edgar and a former assistant U.S. attorney, concentrates in complex commercial litigation, government relations, gaming, and white collar criminal defense.

For four years, Mr. Montana served as Assistant United States Attorney and, consequently, he has an active practice in white collar criminal defense, civil and criminal antitrust matters and parallel civil and administrative proceedings. He has also conducted numerous internal investigations.

His years as an assistant U.S. attorney and in the private practice of law handling complicated commercial litigation make Mr. Montana a well-experienced and seasoned trial lawyer with a varied and diverse background. As chief counsel to Gov. Edgar, he served as the governor's top legal advisor. He drafted legislation on issues dealing with consumer fraud, economic development, gaming, public safety, criminal law, business and financial regulation, environmental regulation and human services. He oversaw all significant litigation brought by or against the executive agencies of State of Illinois. He also served as chief justice of the Illinois Court of Claims. He was appointed to the bench in 1983 by Gov. Jim Thompson and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. In 1985, he was appointed chief justice.

Mr. Montana served as senior vice president and general counsel to Bally Entertainment Corporation and in private practice, he represents casino and supplier licensees before gaming authorities, the legislature and in litigation.

Mr. Montana is a frequent speaker and lecturer, having served as an adjunct professor of Law at Loyola School of Law, where he taught advanced trial practice. For many years, he served as an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, which trains young lawyers in trial skills.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1971
New York, 1969
Supreme Court of the United States, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1971
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1969
Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Northern District of Illinois, 1971
Southern District of New York, 1970


Hourly Rate:  $401-$500/hour

Retainer:  Varies by Case

Date of Birth:  1943

Law School:  Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1968

Undergraduate School:  Georgetown University, A.B., 1965

Employment History:  
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York City
Assistant United States Attorney, Chicago, Illinois
Chief Justice, Illinois Court of Claims
Chief Legal Counsel to Governor of Illinois
General Counsel, Bally Entertainment Corporation
Private Practice, concentrating in civil litigation; white-collar criminal litigation in federal court; governmental relations, gaming law


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Past President, Chicago Inn of Court
Member, Board of Managers, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Foundation
American Arbitration Association, 2005-present
Judicial Review Commission (three-time appointee)

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005-present
The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-present
Received AV Preeminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, 2004-present

Teaching Experience:
Adjunct Professor, Advanced Trial Practice, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Community Involvement:  
Past Member, Board of Directors, Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Member, Board of Directors, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Member, Council of Regents, Lewis University
Member, Board of Advisors of The College of Arts & Sciences, Georgetown University
Public Member, Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board
Board of Special Olympics Chicago


Published Legal Writing:  
"Sensible Decision on Admissibility of Witness Guilty Pleas Repudiated by Third Circuit, but Dissenters Offer Hope in Other Circuits" by James S. Montana, Jr. and John A. Galotto, White-Collar Crime Reporter, Vol. 14, No. 6, June 2000.

"Right to Counsel: Courts Adhere to Bright-Line Limits" by James S. Montana, Jr. and John A. Galotto, Criminal Justice, American Bar Association, Section of Criminal Justice, Vol. 16, No. 2, Summer 2001.


Legal Lectures:  
"Risk and Responsibility for Directors and Officers in the Wake of Enron," presented by James S. Montana, Jr. to the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys on November 5, 2002 at the Twentieth Annual Health Law Symposium, Chicago, Illinois.


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