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Monte Edward Kuligowski

Personal injury Attorney at Hampton, VA

5.0   74 reviews

also known as (757) 450-2341

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Monte

Learn Monte’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Auto accidents and other personal injury cases, including workers' compensation.

  2. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Reckless driving and serious traffic offenses.

  3. Criminal defense
    Defense of misdemeanors through serious felonies, from trespassing to first degree murder. And criminal traffic law such as driving on suspended license, hit and run, elude police, fail to yield to law enforcement, fictitious tags or plates.

ATTORNEY MONTE KULIGOWSKI has been defending clients since 1997 and has won cases at every judicial level of the state, including the Supreme Court of Virginia (See, White v. Commonwealth, 267 Va. 96 (2004)). Monte is also licensed to practice law in federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has won cases in both state and federal court.

Attorney Monte has experience with misdemeanor and felony cases from petty larceny to first degree murder. Monte has a wide range of experience with DUI/DWI cases, including second offense, refusal, elevated BAC, felony, blood draw, watercraft and even operating an aircraft under the influence case. And he has defended thousands of clients for reckless driving.

Monte's legal writings have been published in law journals by the law schools at Duke, Virginia, Richmond, Samford and St. John's. His article, "Rethinking DUI Law in Virginia," is published in Vol. 42, Issue 2 of the University of Richmond Law Review. His article, "A Critical Review of Gibson v. Commonwealth," is published in Vol. 29, No. 2 of the Justice System Journal, a peer-edited journal published by the National Center for State Courts. Attorney Kuligowski has been interviewed and quoted by Virginia Lawyers Weekly and local media on landmark legal cases. Monte's work is quoted in Wikipedia's section on the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

Monte has represented almost every class of citizen, including enlisted military personnel, high ranking military officers, blue collar workers, white collar workers, law enforcement officers, professors and fellow attorneys.

Monte represents clients in the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Suffolk, Newport News, Northampton County, Southampton County and throughout the state of Virginia.

"I take my cases seriously and work hard to protect the legal rights and interests of my clients."  --Atty. Monte Kuligowski


Monte E. Kuligowski, P.C.
4410 E. Claiborne Square, Suite 334
Hampton, VA, 23669
Monte E. Kuligowski, P.C.
11815 Fountain Way, Ste 300
Newport News, VA, 23606
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2023
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Previous Client
Monte represented my son in a case that could of cost him his freedom. We are from Florida and this would have been a devastating experience for us. Mr. Monte is knowledgeable, caring and a fighter in the court. Hiring anyone else would be a disservice to yourself.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2022
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Monte was able to get my reckless driving reduced to speeding!
I highly recommend Monte for any traffic tickets you may be worried about. He was able to get my reckless driving reduced to speeding. He was always available to take my calls and explained everything clearly and in detail. He does not try to rush you out the door or off the phone. He made it a point to meet with me early at the courthouse to go over everything one last time.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2022
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Caring Clìent Case Consulting, make a difference
Wise & deep thinker, covers extensive case aspects, to achieve best possible results. Has knowledgeable, caring, experienced, also thorough staff too. My daughter's case led to higher jury award than expected! Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2022
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Reckless driving case dismissed
I received a reckless driving charge in Hampton, VA for failure to signal in association with an fender bender (which is a totally overdone charge relative to the supposed offense). Additionally, I live across the state and it would have been a large burden to travel to Hampton for the court case. Mr. Kuligowski advised me of my options in the case and what he saw as the most likely outcomes. Ultimately he was able to attend the hearing without me being present and was able to successfully have the case dismissed. I appreciated his honesty in explaining the possibilities in the case and what my options were. I definitely recommend you hire Mr. Kuligowski if in a similar position.
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Posted by Erik | November 22, 2021
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Outstanding Attorney
Monte Kuligowski did an amazing job in representing me in court. He thoroughly proved to the judge that the plaintiff’s accusations against me were false. I absolutely recommend him to anyone seeking legal defense.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
reckless driving ticket to simple speeding ticket
As you may know speeding +20mph in the state of Virginia is a class 1 misdemeanor crime which is the last thing you want in your records. I had a 80/45 ticket and was so scared. I called many lawyers, many of them didn't wanna work on my case and some told me there's nothing can be done except going to the court on your behalf and sign the paper. Then I found Monte who was willing to work on my case he had hopes, what I didn't see in any other lawyers. He emphasized from the beginning that I should follow his instruction if this is important for me. Not only I followed all his instruction but also I came up with some suggestions which he fully supported me. Long story short, "CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR" got reduced to 'simple speeding ticket' so I can sleep well at night. Monte is experienced, kind, nice and he doesn't give up!!! He was always available for my questions. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Coree | November 5, 2021
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Great Job
Monte got my husbands DUI dismissed. Couldn’t be more thankful for all his hard work!
Posted by Justin | October 20, 2021
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Driving Too Fast For Hwy Conditions
Monte Kuligowski is trustworthy, reliable, with great communication skills, strong knowledge of the law, and to mention, he got my case dismissed. I hired him and he paid attention to every detail of my case. He answered any questions that I had about my court case. He had a positive outlook throughout my situation and kept me encouraged, informed, prepared, and feeling confident about my court case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2021
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Highly Recommend Monte for any cases you have. Very professional, straight to the point, walks you through every step. He definitely helped significantly lower the penalties in my cases. I would say he is probably the best Attorney in the District.
Posted by Eric | September 11, 2021
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Best Attorney Around!
We are so thankful for Monte! He is very personable and gets the job done! He stood by us the whole way through the process. Very knowledgeable with everything going on in the courtroom. Again thank you so much Monte! Monte for the win!
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2021
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Mr monte represented me in 2 cases and gave me the best possible outcome for DUI first offense and behavior violation he is definitely the man for the job he works with you if you need payments and makes your situation the least stressful as possible
Posted by Daniel | July 24, 2021
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Excellent service
I had a great experience with Monte E. Kuligowski. Not only he prepared all my paperwork needed for my court date, but also gave me important advice on what was needed to win my reckless driving case. He was punctual and professional during my court hearing, having my case dismissed, and more importantly not affecting my record negatively. Thank you for your service.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2021
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Thank you Attorney Kuligowski for getting my case dismissed!!!
On May 31, 2021 I was passing through Southampton County (Courtland) Virginia and heading back to North Carolina. The Sheriff was parked to the side with his blue lights flashing. During that time he did not have anyone pulled over. He had just finished writing someone else a ticket! When I saw the Sheriff parked to the side I reduced my speed 10 miles below the speed limit because I know how they operate in this area. Since I was a child I have seen so many Sheriff's and State Troopers in Emporia Virginia, Courtland Virginia, and Greenville County pull people over just to make money. I am now 33 years old and this is still happening. They are always eager to pull over people and charge them with the highest misdemeanors and or felonies. YOUTUBE has a video about these areas in Virginia and there was a story about this on CBS news as well. This is how these small cities/counties make their money in Virginia. The State of Virginia and Department of Justice needs to investigate these areas AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Back to the story, the Sheriff pulled me over because I didn't change lanes. When he pulled me over, he almost had me in the ditch. He also seemed upset and power hungry while I was trying to understand what he was saying. He charged me with Virginia move over law (failed to yield to emergency vehicle) . This law is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, possible jail time up to 12 months and a fine up to $2,500. I didn't move over because I wanted the Sheriff to see that I was going extra slow. Also I didn't want him to clock another vehicle and then accuse me. I thought I was following the laws and being cautious so I could avoid getting a ticket. I do understand stand the importance of moving over when emergency lights are on. Definitely if the officer is standing outside. So of course I had to drive back to this area for court. On my way to the court there was so many Sheriff's pulling folks over in SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY. I SAID LET ME HURRY UP AND GET OUT OF THIS POWER AND MONEY HUNGRY COUNTIES! When I arrived Atty. Kuligowski was already present. He made sure I was fully prepared for court, he was on point, and this man know the law. He questioned the cop in front of the judge because everyone knew he was lying. The cop said when I passed him his vehicle shooked, but I wasn't even speeding and I reduced my speed 10 miles below the speed limit. The judge even questioned him. Next thing I know Atty. Kuligowski filed a strike and noticed the officer lied on his statement and said something different in the court room. Judged said case is dismissed!!!!!!!!!! Lord Jesus!!!!!! Thank you for saving me from that CROOKED SHERIFF and sending an angel by the name of Atty. Kuligowski. I begged God to hear my cry because I was being 100 percent honest to Atty. Kuligowski and the judge. If you're in trouble and need a lawyer please contact and hire Atty. Kuligowski. I promise he will have your back. This entire situation put me in a stage of depression, it increase my blood pressure, I lost weight, couldn't sleep and barely was eating. This all took place while I was dealing with a dying father. As an African American male, I was already scared to death. I just knew the judge was going to believe this crooked Sheriff, but God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me I know about the history in these counties in Virginia. I'm just being honest! Atty. Kuligowski worked with me financially, he told me everything will be alright and I pray that God bless him in a big way. You where sent by God and this child of God is truly thankful!!!
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Posted by Matt | June 7, 2021
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Professional and personable
I had consulted a handful of firms for my case and was repeatedly placed onto inquiry lists and multi-day waits before consultation. As I am inexperienced with the law, this was concerning to me. Mr. Kuligowski reached out directly after I had inquired on his firm's website. He gathered details about my case and offered to represent me - feeling confident that I would have a successful outcome. I was very happy to hire Mr. Kuligowski based on this conversation. I followed Mr. Kuligowski's instructions exactly and dropped off all relevant forms at the firm or via email, the staff was very pleasant and friendly. When the time came my court summons, Mr. Kuligowski was very informative about the process and helped guide me through what I needed to do and where I needed to go. The outcome of the case was absolutely successful/positive and I would strongly recommend Mr. Kuligowski's services now and in the future.
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Posted by Azriella | June 3, 2021
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Attorney Monte is the Best !!!
I was going to court for a criminal offense and thanks to Attorney Monte my case was dismissed. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Charles | May 27, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Made it look easy
I went to court thinking I was going to to spend some jail time. But thank to this attorney, I didn’t get any time. We was in and out of court and got my charges dropped from reckless driving to a speeding ticket. He made it look easy too. I appreciate you man. God bless
Posted by A/B | April 28, 2021
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Hire Mr. Kuligowski!!
Hired Mr. Kuligowski for my boyfriend who received a reckless speeding ticket when visiting VA. We realized what this ticket really was a became upset because it’s sad that you can go to jail for speeding. We called all around looking for a VA lawyer & found Monte. He answered on a Sunday, we were thankful. After thinking long a hard we hired him. At that point we were nervous because we don’t live in VA and wasn’t sure if he would care. Communication was great, honest, prepared & willing to help. The day of court we literally were scared to death because we planned for the worst because we knew he was going to jail because he we clocked at 100!!!!! Monte talked to my boyfriend and was very honest with him about the way things could go and what he can do for him. We trusted a stranger with his FREEDOM!!!! During court Monte realized that the cop made a major mistake during the stop & caught it right away. We didn’t even realize it, Monte catching this allowed my boyfriend to walk away FREE. We are so grateful. Monte is sharp and on point I would recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer in VA. Thank you again, we are grateful!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2021
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From Criminal Reckless to Speeding
Was charged for going 86 in a 55 and it was going to be charged as a criminal case, but Kuligowski got the charge to be lowered to a standard speeding ticket! He was also very understanding when we were financially struggling and chose to still work with us.
Posted by Amiyus | March 24, 2021
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Mr.Kuligowski is a great communicator, and is very reasonable and will work with your best interest in mind. I would highly recommend him to anyone. He’s helped me with two speeding tickets.
Posted by Danielle | March 12, 2021
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You will be in incredible hands!
Monte and his team made the entire process so easy. They laid out everything step by step in what I needed to do. He did his homework on my record and when the court date came I didn't have to say anything and he honestly hit it out of the park. Not only did the judge wave my speeding ticket because my speedometer was off, she decreased my offense to a non-moving traffic violation. I walked away with only defective vehicle fees and court fees - nothing on my driving record, and a much smaller consequence than if I had tried to go into that court room alone, left to my own devices and advocating for myself. Every outcome is different, but I will say if you're looking for an attorney who will walk you through the process and give you all of the tools to show up to court prepared - Monte is your guy. Supportive, organized, understanding - really great at what he does.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Monte E. Kuligowski, P.C.
  • 2024 - Present
  • Senior Trial Attorney
  • Hampton Injury Law, PLC
  • 2023 - 2024
  • Owner, Attorney
  • Legal Defense Center
  • 1997 - 2023
  • Legal Internship
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1996
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  • Regent Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Polowczyk
  • Felonies and one misdemeanor dropped (nolle prossed); pled guilty to one misdemeanor
  • Commonwealth v. Price
  • dismissed
  • Commonwealth v. Brooks
  • Dismissed
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  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Legal Elite -- Best Criminal Defense Attorney, Virginia Beach
  • New World Report
  • 2020
  • Best Car Accident Lawyers in Virginia Beach -- Top 18
  • 2019
  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Virginia Beach -- Top 20
  • 2019
  • Top 20 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorney -- Virginia Beach
  • North America News -- Legal Elite Awards
  • 2017
  • Client Satisfaction - Top 10 DUI/DWI Attorneys in Virginia
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Membership invitation top 100 criminal defense trial lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top Hampton Roads Lawyers
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Nationally Ranked - Superior
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Regent Law Review - Research Editor
  • Regent University Law School
  • 1996
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  • Virginian Pilot - Interviewed and quoted in article
  • Court Ruling Won't Hamper DUI Prosecution
  • 2013
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly - Interviewed and quoted in article
  • DUI case could have impact on Implied Consent
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • DAR Meeting
  • Constitutional Law and Postmodern Culture
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Monte
Unknown Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer having known Monte for many years. I know his clients are in good hands as my referrals report timely professional legal advice given based on his experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have great respect for Mr. Kuligowski and highly endorse him as an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected and overall a great attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Monte. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Always best to go with a specialist, rather than a general practitioner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His willingness to contribute to the AVVO community along with the substance of those contributions displays an attorney that is ready, willing and able to zealously advocate for his clients. I wouldn't think twice about referring a potential client to Mr. Kuligowski."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Monte since law school where we were class mates. He is extremely intelligent and a hard worker. I would and have recommended him to anyone needing legal defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Monte Kuligowski because I regularly see him fighting for his clients when I am in Virginia Beach. He has a reputation for strong advocacy and integrity."
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