James D. Montgomery - Board Member

James D. MontgomeryEmployer

  • Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery, L.L.C (2000 - Present)

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago (appointed 1983)
  • Current Illinois Supreme Court Chairman of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar Panel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Former President of the Cook County Bar Association
  • The Civil Justice Expense and Delay Advisory Group for the United States District Court (Northern District of Illinois)
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee (State & Federal Courts)

Awards & Honors

  • Chicago's 30 Toughest Lawyers (Chicago Magazine)
  • Academy of Lawyers Laureate Inductee
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers Fellow

Law Instructor

  • National College of Criminal Defense Lawyer Instructor
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts Workshop Instructor
  • University of Chicago School of Law, Intensive Trial Practice Workshop
  • Trial Advocacy Instructor – DePaul University School of Law


  • University of Illinois, Political Science, B.A.
  • University of Illinois School of Law, Juris Doctorate


  • Admitted to practice before:
    • The United States Supreme Court
    • The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth
    • Seventh Circuit Courts and the United States District Court for the State of Illinois Northern District