Chris Montville's nationwide practice focuses on legal malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He has successfully defended law firm clients, including large regional and international firms, against claims of malpractice, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty relating to complex underlying cases. His strong history of effectively handling complex commercial disputes for large clients informs his awareness of exactly the types of issues law firms and lawyers may face when dealing with professional liability lawsuits.

Chris has first- and second-chaired jury trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings. See the "Cases" section for a detailed list of his experience.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Chris designed and developed financial software systems supporting the international trading and brokerage business for a leading investment bank. He uses this analytical background to plan at the outset the right strategy for each individual matter, from the initial pleadings to trial themes, long before cases reach the courtroom.

Other Experience

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars    Professional Liability, 2014-2015
    Business Litigation, 2013

Personal Interests

Mountain and road biking
Very long hikes
Skiing


Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Other Experience

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Rising Stars    Professional Liability, 2014-2015
    Business Litigation, 2013

Government Service

Law Clerk to the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Personal Interests

Mountain and road biking
Very long hikes
Skiing

Articles/Presentations
  • "Keeping the Lights on for Colorado Legal Services," The Colorado Lawyer, (March 2013).
  • "Reforming the Law of Proprietary Information," 56 DUKE L.J. 1159, (2007).
Education
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude,
    Order of the Coif
    Duke Law Journal, Executive Editor
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.S., 2000, Computer Science
    National Merit Scholar and Rutgers Merit Scholar
Government Service

Law Clerk to the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit