Barbara Monty is a successful trial attorney and mediator. She has represented Fortune 500 companies and individuals throughout California. Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in California and Who’s Who in American Law, each year she receives the highest possible peer-review rating for legal skill and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell. She holds the highest evaluation (10 out of 10) from Avvo, a national independent rating system for lawyers.
Barbara tried the first airborne asbestos case in the country, winning a defense verdict against a multimillion dollar claim for a major car manufacturer. She also received the highest award against the United States Postal Service representing a victim of sexual harassment. She’s received an award from the California State Bar for her representation of residents of a low-income housing complex who suffered from elder abuse. She has also achieved many defense verdicts representing contractors in construction defect trials.
Barbara has consistently served the legal community, as a member of the board of directors of Marin Women Lawyers, Marin County Bar Association, Alternate Defenders, Inc., and the Bar Association of San Francisco. She has taught trial and litigation skills to numerous groups, including Liberty Mutual Insurance and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Recently Barbara received the President’s Award from the Marin Trial Lawyers Association for her outstanding contribution to the legal community.
She spearheaded legal efforts to improve the legal rights of the LGBTQ community and low-income elders, and co-founded the first AIDS Legal Referral Panel in the country. Barbara is one of the few attorneys in the United States certified as a Forgiveness Coach, and has taught and written on the subject of how to use the principles of forgiveness in litigation and mediation.
As one of the first city-wide mediators in San Francisco, Barbara was appointed by the city government to help resolve neighborhood disputes, gay bashing, and gang violence. As a mediator with Resolution Remedies, Barbara currently assists clients, lawyers, and the courts by helping them settle disputes without the expense, stress, and risks of trial.
Barbara attended the University of London, holds a BA in English and Political Science from Regis College, and an MA in adult education from San Francisco State University, where she taught graduate courses and worked throughout the South Pacific. While working full time as an Adult Education Specialist for the Federal Department of Education, Barbara attended law school at Golden Gate University’s night program, where she was on law review, was a teaching assistant, and received numerous American Jurisprudence Awards.