Lets Meet Monte!
Monte’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial and general litigation. He is adept at handling breach of contract or property title disputes as he is defending clients at trial in personal injury claims. He is known for his legal expertise in the title insurance industry and other matters relating to real estate transactions and disputes. During his nearly three decades of practicing law, Monte has successfully represented clients in numerous venues, including both the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Monte and his wife Elizabeth, live in Little Rock and have two children. He enjoys cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoys upland bird hunting and makes annual hunting trips in the northern and western United States. Monte’s love for hunting has allowed him to have multiple stories published in an outdoor magazine.
Q: What led you to a legal career?
A: I was a high school history teacher/baseball coach for five years, making little or no money. I was single with no dependents other than myself. I realized that to increase my income, I would have to further my education. I had always been interested in the law and decided that if I was going back to school, I’d change career paths and get a legal education. I did not want to always wonder whether I could have made it as a lawyer.
Q: What has been your most memorable case and why?
A: Probably my first jury trial. It was right after I had gotten married and was representing my new brother-in-law’s masonry company in a construction dispute. A lot of interesting twists occurred in the case, and we ended up winning. I often have wondered how that first Thanksgiving with my new family had gone if we had gotten a bad result.
Q: What do you like most about being an attorney?
A: I like being my own boss, and the opportunity to help people while doing intellectually challenging work.
Q: If you were not practicing law, where would you be?
A: Not sure. Might still be teaching school, but if so, would probably be retired by now.
Q: What advice would you give to an aspiring attorney?
A: Don’t forget civility. Practicing law and zealously representing your clients does not have to be a rude and obnoxious fight with opposing counsel. Take the high road. And don’t lose your sense of humor.
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: The Fourth of July. I revel in the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and am humbled at all the sacrifices that have been made to give those rights, and it feels good to celebrate those things. And fireworks….
Q: What are you top three favorite colors?
A: Red, White and Blue.
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, BSE (1980)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock – William H. Bowen School of Law, JD (1989)
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