Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Father-child lawyer teams savor closeness
By John Flynn Rooney
Law Bulletin staff writer
When Michelle M. Montgomery first brought a real estate law case to trial last year, her father, James D. Montgomery, served as her “second chair.”
“He saved me,” she said of her father, a prominent veteran trial lawyer.
Michelle, 47, said while she handled the direct and cross-examination of witness, her father handled all the objections because she hadn’t tried a case before. They prevailed in the trial, she said.
“He understood courtroom procedure,” she said. “He could do it in his sleep.”
The father and daughter are preparing another case for trial, but the roles will be reversed.
“This is big money involved,” she said. “He’s definitely the lead in this.”
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