Richard Montes (Speaker)

Richard Montes (Speaker)

Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP


Richard J. Montes is a partner of Mauro Lilling Naparty LLP, the largest firm in the Northeast that handles appeals and litigation strategy.  Since joining MLN eighteen years ago, Rich has handled numerous appeals in state and federal courts.  His expansive practice includes medical and other professional malpractice; construction law; employment law; general negligence; toxic tort; punitive damages; products liability; asbestos and commercial litigation.  He is a frequent lecturer for in-house counsel, insurance companies and hospitals, and he has also published in a wide variety of practice areas.

From 2013-2021 Super Lawyers has named Rich for inclusion in its Metro Edition as one of the Metro areas top appellate attorneys.  Prior to that in 2011 and 2012, Super Lawyers named Rich in its Rising Stars Metro Edition as one of the top attorneys in New York under the age of 40.  No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state were selected to the list.  He was also inducted by Long Island Business News into its Class of 2012 “40 Under 40,” was selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association as a recipient of the HNBA’s 2012 Top Attorneys Under 40 Award, and has been named multiple times by Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the Top Latino Lawyers in the Country.

In 2010, Richard was elected as the President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association (LIHBA), becoming the youngest President in the organization’s history.  During his tenure, Richard oversaw the creation of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Community Service Fund (LIHBACSF), a non-profit created to help foster and promote the Long Island Hispanic community’s legal, educational and charitable missions.  From 2011 to 2014, Richard served as President of the LIHBACSF, raising tens of thousands of dollars to assist groups that advocate on behalf of the Hispanic community.