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Edmund Lee Montgomery

Family Attorney at San Bernardino, CA

3.4   18 reviews

also known as Ed Montgomery


Licensed for 29 years

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5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    40%
    This area covers a wide variety of topics including custody, visitation, support, and property division. This is the most complicated area of law according to the Judicial Counsel. I am well experienced in all phases of Family Law and able to protect you and your children's interests.

    29 years, 850 cases

  2. Child custody
    35%
    This is one aspect of Family Law with the greatest impact on families. Our ability to protect our children is of the utmost importance. We need to make sure our children grow up with both parents in their lives with a sharing arrangement that is best for our children.

    29 years, 750 cases

  3. Child support
    15%
    Child support issues are of great concern. Making sure our children are properly supported so they can grow up to be outstanding community members.

    29 years, 800 cases

  4. Appeals
    5%
    Appeals concerning Family Law Issues. I have two published cases concerning Family Law issues.

    29 years, 48 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    5%
    This is an area of Family Law that I am well experienced in. I have been representing clients and protecting their children for over 18 years. I have lobbied for changes changes in Family Law in Sacramento. I have changed laws to protect our children.

    29 years, 850 cases

I have been practicing Family Law for over 20 years and have been published in two major appellate cases concerning Family Law issues.  My expertise in Family Law is well documented.

I am well versed in all aspects of Family Law.  I continue to lecture on Family Law issues to fellow colleges as well as mentoring several attorneys.

I have also been actively involved in Sacramento concerning Family Law issues.  I was on the committee that wrote the current Family Code concerning drug abuse and children in Family Court.

I have lobbied on issues of child support, spousal support, custody, and domestic violence issues in Sacramento.

My goal has always been to protect our children so they grow up to be the best they can be.  That can only happen by reforming our current Family Law Courts. 

 

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Licensed for 29 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 09/18/2022

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

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Edmund Lee Montgomery
164 W Hospitality Ln Ste 6
San Bernardino, CA, 92408
Edmund Lee Montgomery
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Victorville, CA
Edmund Lee Montgomery
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730
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Posted by derek | February 15, 2013
He's the best
Since the day of my consultation I have been very confident in Mr. Montgomery. He is extremely knowledgeable in family law and could recite the different codes practically word for word. Ed always responds to my emails almost right away. His office staff is very nice and they never make me feel like I'm an inconvenience. He is also very understanding with my financial situation. My case is not finished yet and I still feel confident enough to say that if there's any lawyer who can get me what I'm asking for, it's Ed.
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Posted by Sean | August 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fathers rights expert!
Mr. Montgomery is the best family law attorney in SB county. After a 10 year custody battle he was able to get me full custody of my 3 children. Absolutely amazing after two previous attorneys failed completely. He also cleared out my child support case with absolute precision. I was referred to him by my close friend who he also helped get full custody of his daughter. After being in court over 100 times (no exaggeration) I’ve seen pretty much every attorney in SB county family law. His rate is extremely fair and his ladies who run his office Leslie and Luvia are wonderful! I’ve sent him every person I know who has had issues after they hear my successful story. Give him a call if you’re a father struggling in this unfair court system! Edmund and his staff is A-1.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful lawyer and kind person.
He prepared a agreement between my husband and me for a gift money from my parents. Very quick response and clear statement. He also taught me how to sign it to make it legal. Very patient and in detail. Great lawyer ever!
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2014
Amazing and friendly
Mr Montgomery and his staff have never been anything amazing in my experience. They have a small office but you really get to know everyone that way. They are always willing to answer my questions when I call. They are very knowledgeable
Posted by Shirley | July 9, 2013
Legal Separation
Mr. Montgomery is an excellent lawyer. He has represented me in a Legal Separation case. I am comfortable that he knows the law and how to apply it. He explains court proceedings and possible outcomes clearly. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2011
Best lawyer ever
Where should I start Ed has helped me with my child cusody case for the past two years. From the second I walked in he made me feel better, his staff is one of a kind they actually care what is going on, and do their best to help. Ed was very very smart with the different laws and told me what we could go for and what we couldn't. Everything we fought for we won. He was very understanding about the cost as well he even offered different payment plans which was a huge help. He is not your typical charge for every single moment knickle and dime lawyers he is an honest person and has a heart. He still is my lawyer and hopefully always will be I owe him big time for how much he has done for myself and my family. Thank you Ed and Luvia.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2011
Very Satisfied Client
I HIGHLY recommend Edmund Montgomery to anyone who has a divorce case. He did such an outstanding job on my case that even I was surprised at the outcome. He is a down to earth man anyone can talk to but is a shark in the courtroom. As for his office, I only speak with his paralegal Olivia who is very sweet and smart too. She calmed, reassured and confirmed to me everything of what Mr. Montgomery would do on my case. I even spoke with his process server after she served my ex with the divorce papers. She also is a nice person to talk to. I am a very satisfied client.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2011
Very Pleased Dad
Ed and his staff are great and extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They are not a huge firm - so you get the much needed personal attention, I paid for Ed and I got Ed, not put off to some other junior attorney. As I don't live conveniently close to Ed's office, him and I communicated a lot via e-mail which for me worked great. Ed's office was also very flexible with my payment arrangements which is rare. I paid my retainer fee up front and then they allowed me to set up reasonable monthly payments that I can afford. Ed helped me win my case and I was awarded primary custody. Going through a custody case can be stressful enough, so I was very fortunate to have found an attorney who exceeded my expectations in all aspects!!
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Posted by LEONEL | August 13, 2011
BEST LAWYER EVER
MR. MONGOMERY IS THE BEST LAWYER I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF DEALING WITH!!! HE IS EXTREMELY HELPFULL AND WITHOUT HIM I PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE CUSTODY OF MY SON TODAY!!! IN ADDITION, I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF PURCHASING A HOME AND WITHOUT HIS EXPERTISE AND HELP I WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PUCHASE THE BEAUTIFUL HOME THAT MY FAMILY AND I NOW RESIDE IN!!! ALSO, HIS SECRETARY, LYVIA, IS A WONDERFUL PERSON TO DEAL WITH. WHEN I WAS STRESSED OUT ABOUT UPCOMING COURT HEARINGS SHE ASSURED ME THAT EVERYTHING WOULD BE OK AND HELPED ME TO FEEL MORE AT EASE. NOT ONLY WERE THEY PROFFESSIONAL, BUT THEY ALSO TOOK A PERSONAL INTEREST IN MY CASE. I HIGHLY RECOMEND MR. MONTGOMERY AND HIS STAFF, I ASSURE YOU THAT YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED.
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Posted by Laura | August 11, 2011
Best Family Law Attorney I've ever come across
Mr. Montgomery is a very educated, caring and efficient attorney. I have highly recommended him to anyone I know that is searching for a family law attorney. He knows what he is doing and made my once stressful situation a victory. He handled a very complicated child custody matter with positive results and my divorce which he made a very simple stress free procedure for both parties. He has always been there through the years to answer any questions pertaining to family law issues and I will continue to recommend him to anyone searching for a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2011
Awesome!!
Edmund Montgomery has been a blessing from the start. He knows what he is doing. He helps me not to worry because he will fight for me. I would have never been able to get where I am now without him and I am truly gratful and thankful for all he has done. I recommend him to anyone I know that needs a lawyer. I am confident he will do as good of a job as he did with me.
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Posted by Mike | April 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rip off
I hired him a few years ago. There was a lot of hidden assets he told me we would get in discovery . When we went to court he asked me if I minded waiting outside the courtroom because she my ex feared for her life. I thought it was odd but did it. When he came out he said for now I still had to pay 650 spousel support and if I sold the house I had to give her half and nothing would happen for a couple months to sign here. I didn't read what I signed I trusted him. A few days later he withdrew from being my attorney and I found out that was the final papers he had me sign. I got nothing after working fir 30 years
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Response from Edmund Montgomery April 4, 2021
The fact scenario does not sense. I can not remember a case where I had my client wait outside a court room and then sign a final judgment with a spousal support order. No judge would accept such an agreement without inquiring on the record. But yes if there was a house 50% of the equity would belong to the Ex. I could not have withdrawn from the case without a final judgment. To withdraw prior to a judgment would have required his signature.
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Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child support and custody
I wanted full custody and wanted to settle for 50/50 custody towards the end because I was tired of going to court . I ended up with 45% custody and I still have to pay child support when he promised to write something for me and said more than likely I wasn’t gonna pay anything. Mr. Montgomery had a chance to go against my ex without a layer and asked for an extension only because I had another case next door . Had we continued that day we would have won the case especially since my ex didn’t have the proper paper work and didn’t have a lawyer . He did however helped me beat a restraining order that my ex wanted permanently. Besides that I do not recommend this lawyer . Sorry Ed it’s been a few years now and I regret asking for your services .
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Deserves ZERO stars!
I do not know how it is possible that this attorney has a rating of 10 on here. Mr. Montgomery managed to drag my divorce case on for 2 years! He was never available when I called. He had only 3 conferences with me in 2 years. He neglected to inform me of many court dates which I found out about after he had himself relieved as my council due to not being able to contact me since I moved. He did this on the same day as a custody hearing (which I was not aware of). Needless to say I lost custody of my son as a result. Mr. Montgomery did get the court to order fair child support and spousal support within a few weeks. The court also ordered my ex to pay my attorney's fees. However, when my ex failed to pay Mr. Montgomery's bill, he asked me to pay it on monthly payments. I reminded him that the judge ordered my ex to pay him and he told me that I could afford it now that he had gotten me more money in support. I told him that I use it to for rent and food. 2 months later I lost custody of my son. When I called his office and left a message that I'd be by to pick up my case file, I intentionally left only my name, no phone number. Early the next morning one of his office staff called my cell number to inform me that my file had been destroyed because I was no longer a client. My advice would be to stay far away from this attorney.
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Response from Edmund Montgomery July 23, 2020
When a client moves and does not tell you their new address or phone number it is impossible to communicate with them. They need to take some responsibility for their case. I have always informed my clients of their court dates and return all of their phone calls.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2014
Save yourself from this horrible "attorney"!!!!
All I can say is you get what you pay for. He is a terrible attorney. He kept postponing the hearings and at our final hearing he just pretty much sat there and mumbled. He was outlawyered by some Christian attorney that does adoptions, rarely family law cases. I would seriously avoid this guy at all costs. It was very hard to get in touch with him and he never read any of my emails and gave me very bad advice. And I didnt lose my case, but I can honestly say that I could have done a much better job, but when you hire an attorney the judge only lets him speak considering he is my representation. He sat there like some idiot and could hardly respond to anything the other attorney said and I laid everything out there for him! Save yourself. DO NOT HIRE EDMUND MONTGOMERY! Even if you have already paid him and you're in the middle of your case, seriously DONT DO IT! YOUR BETTER OFF REPRESENTING YOURSELF!
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2014
BUYER BEWARE!!
Mr. Montgomery prepared me for a very lucrative outcome and when in court 8 months later did a complete reversal. He knew my circumstances, living at the poverty level, when he took my $1500 deposit (loaned to me by a relative) and he assured me I would get it back when my ex paid all the fees. Unfortunately, he allowed the case to be postponed 3 months without asking me if that was OK. I wrote a letter reminding him of my financial hardship and he did not respond. I had to sell my house and all my furniture. I also emailed him to tell him I was worried I was going to have to sell my car and my house. He told me not to do that. He assured me that my case was simple because of the existing Legal Separation judgment. I had a judgment from 2005 for a lifetime of spousal support that Mr. Montgomery single-handedly reduced to one year's worth within an hour!!! Several weeks before the trial date, Mr. Montgomery increased the cost of my case by $1000 (more than 30%) without providing any explanation and when I asked what it was for, he just told me that I needn't worry about it because he was going to get it all paid by my ex. Really? My ex paid 2/3 of my fees. I am left with paying back my relative. I had to sell my house, my furniture, and my car. I am so appalled and disgusted by this outcome that it has taken me a few months to calm down so I could write this review. I emailed him several times without getting a response. He was receiving all kinds of legal documents from the other side which he just flat out ignored. He never bothered to update the other side with my new address so I never knew about my divorce hearing. Missed it. He never discussed with me about the decisions he was making on my behalf. His staff was rude and uncaring. I was in a court of law on my court date in October, just one day after being released from the hospital for an allergic reaction to a flu shot (still feeling ill), and feeling so nervous that my day was finally here (after preparing for 4 years) and hearing Mr. Montgomery laughing in the next room with the opposing attorney was the beginning of my thoughts that things were not right. In the next few minutes, he sits down next to me and tells me about the other side offering a settlement that will permanently terminate spousal support. He never prepared me for a settlement or termination. This offer was an incredibly and ridiculously low settlement. Mr. Montgomery pressured me by saying that if I pursued this by trial I could very well lose (after he said in his office that I would easily win and laughing about the attorney I had just let go). I told him when we first met that my ex is 68 and he said it didn't matter. In court, he reversed that and said the judge was not going to like that fact that my ex was almost 69. I wanted to counter back at double the offer. I was in shock when he said we can't take a risk that this will go to trial. Because of Mr. Montgomery's lack of preparation of me and the case, I will be lucky to still have any amount remaining in 12 months with no job and no income. My ex is retired but his income is more than $3500 per mo. THIS WAS NOT JUSTICE! This was not my imagination--I didn't miss some of the facts. My sister was present for both meetings in Feb 2013 with Mr. Montgomery and heard the same thing. THIS IS NOT A CASE OF REMORSE--I just want to make that perfectly clear! I was PRESSURED and CHEATED. I should have been given the opportunity to confer with my lawyer in private before court was in session. I just don't know how I will recover from this!! I will experience further financial ruin as a result of this. I am so depressed and still in shock -- I can barely function while trying to start a business to try to make some money. I shared my feelings with Mr. Montgomery the day after court--he had little to say. My advice to you...hire a different lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2013
Custody Case
It was alleged that I raped my daughter twice while living in northern California and she living with her mother in southern California, the Child protective service found out the mother had lied to them and the mother was deemed to have mental issue's per court record. I was awarded custody of my daughter sole legal and physical and under California Family code 3027.1 I was awarded to get all my attorney and court fee's back, it ended with me having to pay her attorney fee's and not to receive any compensation back which is not the law. Mr. Montgomery had all the fact's from CPS , therapist and court appointed officers including the court mediator and did nothing as far as what is written per the family court law . I sent him documentation of the events pertaining to the case but when we talked he seemed to always not know what I was talking about, then sending me a bill for over 7000.00 for what HE DID NOT REPRESENT AS A COMPETENT LAWYER !!!! I was lied on in court under oath on several occasions and fraudulent paper work filed on me and I still have to pay for the other parties attorney fee's in disregard to the California Family Court law 3027.1 code that should have been followed, what are law's put in place for ? The best interest of the child in this case was not important to Mr. Montgomery.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2013
Terrible terrible!! Will take your money and do NOTHING!
Terrible lawyer!!! Kept calling, calls were unanswered for days. He would be told one thing and he would do another just so he could bill for more hours when court dates would get postponed going against what was wanted. Never informed me or asked me before he made a decision. Do not deal with this lawyer. His attistant is also a liar, claimed to have called and left messages, there was no messages any of the times or voice mails. She was clueless and very rude. Again save your money and go elsewhere. Very unorganized office, the complaints just keep going...terrible terrible experience OMG!!!! I would give him a negative 10 if it was possible!!!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Edmund Montgomery
  • 1993 - Present
  • Certified Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1993

Education

  • Western State College of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In re the Marrage of Pedregon (2003) 107 Cal.App.4th 1284
  • Father was held to be the parent of the child even though he was not the biological parent.
  • County of Tulare v. Campbell (1996) 50 Cal.App.4th 847
  • Lower court ordered to follow FC 4057.5 and not use spouses income to calculate support

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Pilot
  • 1991 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • BV award rating
  • Martindale Hubblle
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
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Publications

  • Law Business Research Ltd
  • Who's Who in America
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • East West Family Law Council
  • Updates to the Family Code and Rules of Court for 2013
  • 2013
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Legislative updates in Family Law for January 2012
  • 2012
  • Family Law Bar
  • Changes and New Forms in Family Law effective July 1st
  • 2012
  • East West Family Law Meeting
  • Changes in Family Law and Form for 2012
  • 2012
  • San Bernardino County Family Law Bar
  • Legislative Updates for 2011
  • 2011
  • NBI Family Law Seminar
  • Family Law Seminar
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
Family Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Edmund Lee Montgomery. Mr. Montgomery has an excellent grasp in the area of family law. He is dedicated, helpful, informative and genuinely concerned with helping his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have opposed Mr. Montgomery on several matters and have found him to be an extremely capable attorney. His knowledge of the law is very thorough and he has provided excellent representation for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Montgomery is an excellent family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail and exceptional client service. One of the best divorce attorneys there is. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Ed for over 13 years now. I got to know Ed when I was working as a Deputy District Attorney for the Child Support Division. He represented the noncustodial parents and also custodial parents in child support matters. Ed is well versed in the Family Code and family law cases. He is an outstanding family law attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Mongomery really knows his stuff! He's a great asset to the AVVO community and a great lawyer!"
Child custody Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation I endorse this lawyer. Ed is knowledgeable and skilled as an advocate for his clients. Ed has a well earned and deserved reputation for honesty, integrity and knowledge of the law."
Family Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Edmund Montgomery is known for getting outstanding results for his clients. He is very professional and committed to providing his clients with the best representation."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Edmund. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. A consumate professional and a pleasure to work with."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Montgomery is one of the finest attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked many times with Mr. Montgomery over the years. I find him to be exceptionally well versed in the law. He is a strong advocate who has always worked vehemently for his client's wishes. In other words, he knows well what he is doing."
Family Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Montgomery's responses are among the most thorough and well researched on Avvo."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Edmund Montgomery epitomizes the ideal attorney. He is a knowledgeable and zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. His reputation for honesty in the legal community is impeccable. He has an impeccable memory and is attentive to detail. I have known Mr. Montgomery for more than eight years and would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a family law attorney."
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