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Edward Montoya

Edward Montoya


Vermont Law School, Doctor of Law (J.D.) 1992

Columbia University, Master of Science, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Candidate 2023

Florida International University, B.A. in Economics 1987


AV Preeminent Rating” by and Lexis-Nexis (2002 - Present)

"SuperLawyers, Florida" Aviation Law and Air Disasters (2019, 2020)

"Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer" US News and World Report (2018, 2019, and 2020)

"Best Lawyers in America" (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)

"Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by National Trial Lawyers' Association (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)

Top 100 Lawyers for Florida” by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020)

South Florida Top Rated Lawyers" by the Daily Business Review (2015)

Top Rated Lawyer in Product Defects” by the Miami Herald (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)

Top Lawyers in Florida"  by the Legal Network (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Present)

Legal Elite -Top Lawyer” – Civil Litigation” by Florida Trend Magazine (2004, 2008- 2016)

Superb” (10 of 10)” by (since 2009 - Present)

"Silver Pride Award" Florida International University Alumni Association. (2017)

Up and Coming Attorney” by South Florida Legal Guide (2002)

Edward began his career as an associate at a very prestigious Ft. Lauderdale, Florida law firm, where he gained litigation and trial experience handling personal injury plaintiff and defense cases. As a shareholder of his own firm, Edward and his partners represented Travelers Insurance in complex injury and construction accidents.

Edward is well known for his skilled approach in the handling and resolution of complex injury cases, while maintaining a high level of client satisfaction.  He has helped countless families in wrongful death, air disaster and product liability matters and has resolved over 15 separate international air disaster cases spanning the globe. Over the years, Edward has tackled corporate giants such as American Airlines, United Airlines, Bridgestone/Firestone, Ford Motor Company, Goodyear and Cooper Tire and Rubber in defective design and manufacturing cases. He is counsel for several families involved in the Lion Air Crash, Boeing 737 Max 8 litigation filed in a US federal district court in Chicago, Illinois.  Handling cases on a global scale has allowed Edward to travel and meet clients in different cities in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and throughout Asia.  

He is a passionate advocate for social justice and equality and works tirelessly to protect immigrant families from being separated and deported.  As past chairman of the board and current secretary of CASA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Edward's hard work, diligence and dedication has helped the CASA board and staff expand the organization's range of services and explore grants and fundraising opportunities.  

As a well-established member of the South Florida legal community, Edward’s commitment to serve others remains his central focus. His contributions include serving as past board member of the Miami Dade Justice Association, Chairman of the Broward County Bar Association, International Law Section and speaking at seminars for paralegals and attorneys. Since 2001, Edward has trained and mentored dozens of paralegal interns for Miami Dade Community College, many of whom are now practicing attorneys.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Air Disasters
  • Wrongful Death
  • Construction Defects
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability


  • Florida Bar, 1993
  • D.C. Bar, 2020
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals,11th Circuit
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Circuit Civil, 2021

Professional Affiliations:

  • The Florida Bar: Member
  • Florida Bar Aviation Committee: Member 
  • The National Trial Lawyer's Association: Member
  • American Bar Association: Member
  • American Society of Legal Advocates: Member
  • American Association for Justice: Member
  • Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association: Board Member from   2002 -2004; and 2018 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association: Member
  • Broward County Bar: Past Chairman of the Int’l Law Section
  • Florida International University Alumni Board: Past Board Member


  • English and Spanish