James Montgomery began his legal career as a London barrister in 1989, defending and prosecuting criminal jury trials, before being admitted in New York and moving here in 2000. After more than 30 years in practice, he is a polished courtroom lawyer, who has tried hundreds of cases to verdict and argued many appeals. James’ skills have often been recognized by other lawyers, who have called upon him to pick a jury, cross-examine witnesses or conduct all or parts of a trial. He also understands that for many clients, avoiding prosecution completely is a key issue and his involvement at the earliest stages of a criminal investigation can be decisive in this regard, leading to a favorable resolution.
James has defended all types of criminal cases: murder, rape and other sexual offenses, robbery, possession or importation of narcotics, illegal weapons, tax frauds, mortgage frauds, money laundering, racketeering, enterprise corruption, extradition matters and forfeiture proceedings. He is also retained by individuals and corporations in civil actions before the New York courts, usually involving breaches of contract or employment-related matters, where he is able to use to good effect his substantial courtroom experience.
James regularly advises on matters involving English law and appears in court in jurisdictions where English law applies. James is admitted to practice in New York and England & Wales.