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Amy Marie Montes

Family Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.6   22 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
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Attorney Montes graduated from Whittier Law School in 2005 and since, has devoted most of her practice to obtaining results for hundreds of clients in the area of family law.  She is well recognized for her advocacy and leadership abilities, and hands on dedication to her clients. 
Most recently, in 2008, Attorney Montes was elected by her peers as President-Elect of the Orange County Barristers, and in 2009, as President, she was featured in the February 2009 issue of “Orange County Lawyers” magazine, entitled “Who’s Who in Orange County?”  Currently Attorney Montes remains as part of the Executive Board of Directors, and participates in various committees.   

Attorney Montes is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, Family Law Section, Women Law Association, and Hispanic Bar Association, all of which she utilizes to promote social justice.

On her spare time, Attorney Montes devotes her time to philanthropy by helping at domestic violence clinics, and working closely with the legal community in transforming legal policy for the benefit of her clients.  In August 2010 Attorney Montes was nominated to become part of the Gray Williams Inns of Court, and looks forward to accepting this great honor, and becoming an active participant.  
Attorney Montes is most notable for bringing forth solutions, while maintaining a perfect blend of mediation tactics and litigation preparation.  Attorney Montes possesses a clear understanding of the law in the courtroom, and a unique style of conflict resolution that brings together an expeditious resolution to each client. 


Client's Choice 2014
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4.6 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
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Posted by chelsea_starr | May 9, 2013
The Best Attorney Anyone Could Ask For!
Ms. Montes has been the most caring, effective and professional attorney my fiancé and I could have asked for. She is incredible at keeping us informed and communicating with us. She is very well prepared and knows what she is doing. She is by far the most honest, and incredible attorney I have ever worked with. It's easy to communicate and get in contact with her, the moment something happened we would be able to call or email her. Be it a harrassing phone call, text or incident with the other party, she was on top of it. In court she was quick to respond, and knew her facts. Our experience with attorney Montes has been the most wonderful experience and has earned our business or life as well as our full support and endorsement.
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Posted by Kate G. | December 11, 2014
Lawyer you can trust
Amy represented us in our 3rd court hearing on custody change. We have had 3 other attorneys who were worthless; some freeze in court, while others messed up the paperwork, but charged like they were top notch. In the meanwhile the children suffered. Amy was great in court as well as with procedures and paperwork. She was always prepared, compassionate, and accommodating to our schedule. We feel that her billing was fair. The system is not perfect – your attorney must explain the possible outcomes and prepare you. Amy’s recommendations on documentation for our meeting with the evaluator contributed to our successful outcome. Thank you, Amy! You have a client for life.
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Posted by Linz | November 1, 2022
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I had the best experience with Amy Montes law firm and staff! I was soooo confused on what to file, how to fill out paperwork and not have my divorce drag on for several YEARS like I’ve seen happen to so many people I know… well I was able to actually be returned to single within 6 months thanks to Amy and her staff. The judge didn’t ask a single question, have any concerns or issues as my paperwork was flawless. Bc of how efficient the process was actually saved me tens of thousands of dollars. I would’ve preferred to mediate but the other party was not agreeable…I do know that Amy offers meditation as well as representation.
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Posted by Wendy | April 24, 2022
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Great Attorney
Amy helped me with two different cases with my ex-husband and was a wonderful family law attorney. She and her team were there to provide me with legal support and always answered my questions. If needed, I would use Amy again in the future.
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2022
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An Amazing Attorney
Amy was a wonderful attorney. She was patient and understanding but firm and logical. I appreciated her organization and extensive knowledge with my case. I had lots of trust in her and knew she was doing what was best for me.
Posted by Jessica | November 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
My experience with the Montes Law Firm was beyond my expectations. I worked with Amy Montes, Mara Wilkerson and Mary Stopher who is their paralegal on not one, but two family matter cases. Their kindness, respect and full attention to both of my matters is what makes this legal team an incredible source of support and professionalism. Going through these matters can be difficult but Amy always made me feel as if I was her only client. Mind you, she had many others to attend to while working on my case, but to no avail when I called or emailed she or Mara was there to respond immediately. I would HIGHLY recommend this law firm to handle any family matter case as their knowledge of the law and their expertise is what truly brings you peace of mind and ease while navigating through these difficult life situations. Thank you, Montes Law Firm. I will forever be grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2020
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Fantastic experience
This law firm allowed me to move on with my life from a very hectic year and a half. They handled my case so smoothly, professionally, and ethically. The attorney for the other side was dishonest and Ms. Montes and her team handled all of his maneuvers with nothing but finesse and holding the line when necessary, so that he could not do anything when push came to shove to try and eek more money out of the process. I divorce case had a lot of complications and twists and turns because of the nature of the situation, and I was amazed at how this legal team handled each and every twist intern, so that each one of them became a non-issue and we could move forward to reach the very end with success. Speaking of money, all expenses were itemized by the Montes Law Firm, and the interactions were transparent, along with information provided to me, and all of this occurred throughout the entire process. Having experience with other lawyers in the past, this transparency is a rare find and not something to be taken for granted. The team regularly communicated what was going on, what to expect next, and stayed open-minded throughout the entire process to any considerations or concerns that I might have had, based on what I knew about the current situation. Ms. Montes and her her firm are the proper balance of flexibility and toughness. They will get you to the finish line with a big smile on your face! Going through family law proceedings is tricky enough and difficult to navigate as it is, and to add to it, the lawyer with whom I was working before I found this law firm was unprofessional and not honest and eventually had to be fired. I should have done it sooner. Nonetheless, I am super-grateful that I found this law firm! Ms. Montes and her team took care of everything, and what she and her team provided is exactly the kind of support someone going through a messy divorce needs. There was peace of mind, reassurance, and an ethical and honest relationship. There's nothing I would change about the process with them. If I could, I would give their law firm 10 stars. IF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH ANY SORT OF LEGAL PROCESS THAT THIS LAW FIRM HANDLES, CONTACT THEM TODAY! Trust me on this will be VERY GLAD you did. You don't see this kind of professionalism and support every day, especially not in a place like Southern California, which has so many sharks and dishonest people. As in many other professions, there are plenty of crooks when it comes to attorneys (I should know, as my previous attorney for this case was one example, as well as the lawyer for opposing counsel, simply trying to drag out what was already a complicated case, just so that he could obtain more legal fees). But to work with Ms. Montes and her law firm, displaying such integrity, professionalism, and great confidence and support from Day 1 of this very stressful time until the very last signature on the very last document--that's not something you see every day, if at all. Ms. Montes and her team , And I sincerely hope that anyone who reads this review will contact them for assistance with whatever is going on. If your life feels like it is at a standstill because of legal matters pertaining to family law and other issues, I can say without hesitation that they will not only help you to get your life and peace of mind back, but also to move forward with a bright future ahead and dreams for a better life!! Thank you all and God Bless!!!!
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Posted by LJ | July 18, 2019
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Best Attorney Ever
Amy is by far the most amazing attorney my fiance and I have ever come across. She has been our attorney on my fiance's child custody case. She turned around an almost impossible situation and today my fiance has custody of his daughter. She never gave up. Listened to us, believed in us and found a way even through the darkest of times. Besides being incredibly capable, she incredibly ethical... which is why we believe she is so well respected in the court system. Her ethical behavior and respected status goes a long way in a system that is peppered with individuals who do not hold themselves to the same high standard. We have referred people to Amy and if you're reading this review, you will not be disappointed if you decide to retain her.
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Posted by Larry | October 3, 2018
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Real, relevant, hardworking and honest.
Mrs. Amy Montes was professional, realistic, prompt and thorough. I had previously spoken with, and had paid, two other lawyers​ that were highly rated in Orange Couty Yelp. They were not as good as Amy. ​Third time is a charm I guess. I felt that Amy Montes had my best interests in mind. Realize that divorce/dissolution of marriage is one of the hardest things you will go through in your life. You need to have someone that you trust that has your best interests in mine--not just their own. Attorney's are not free for a reason. I met Amy when she was not in the impressive Irvine office she has now. When a lawyer tells you that you may not actually need to go to court (although the possibility always exists), and gives you real advice based on your situation, trust is earned. I felt like the other two attorneys I spoke with in the area were simply trying to use fear-based​ tactics to get me to sign up. I asked Amy what the best and worst case scenarios were and she was right on the money. She became strong-willed​ in my situation where I may have missed the mark myself. Long story short I ended up retaining Amy on a consultant basis and she gave me real and relevant advice for my situation. This advice provided helped create what was ultimately the possible result for my situation. She saved me tens of thousands of dollars by doing what was right. Amy listened attentively even during weeks when they were busy in court with other cases. Someone from her staff always was in contact and Amy made personal time when necessary to handle my case specifically. I met with her personally several times, multiple emails and phone calls. Not once would I say she was not on top of my case. She noticed several key points that I would have missed that could have been very costly to me. In addition, at no time was Amy ever condescending or belittling--I cannot say that about other Attorney's staff that I encountered. We were able to stay out of court and through Amy's counsel the resolution that I achieved is both fair and beneficial to everyone involved. She is a real person and will tell you the reality, for better or for worse. That is what you need when you are in a challenging situation. Amy exceeded her peers in this area. That is why I recommend her.
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Posted by Ben | September 10, 2018
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I highly recommend the Law Offices of Amy Montes.
I needed their services during a rough time in my life. They helped me get through the mess my ex-wife had created. I always felt like I was strongly represented and in good hands. In my opinion, the outcome of my case was as good as it possibly could have been in my situation. I will definitely contact them if the need arises in the future.
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Posted by Yeyecsit | January 28, 2017
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I was dreading hiring a divorce attorney and I had hear horror stories about bad divorce attorneys that just take your money and don't work for your benefit. When I first met Amy, I was not sure she was able to help. But after all her hard work and persistence in getting all of my divorce proceedings and filings (including restraining orders) out of the way, I was so impressed by her and her knowlege of divorce laws. Amy is honest, compassionate, sincere, and very caring and loving too. She is always reachable by phone too and easy to get a hold of. I don't know what I would have gotten from my divorce settlement had she not been my attorney, and Amy really impressed me with all that she did for me. If you are considering a divorce, or need an attorney dealing with family law, don't look for another attorney. Amy is the one and only attorney you will ever need. Her prices are very reasonable and she made all this happen for me for a single mom with three kids.
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Posted by Anthony | March 6, 2015
Child issues, previous divorce settlement
I worked with Amy on issues my ex wife was contesting. Amy was extremely knowledgeable and helped me through the process. I would highly recommend her firm for any divorce or custody issues. Thank you Amy!!!!
Posted by rjpereira1 | December 9, 2014
Terrific family law attorney
I have referred Ms. Montes to 3 very good friends for family law related matters, and all 3 have given me terrific feedback on their experiences with The Law Offices of Amy M. Montes. They've said that Ms. Montes is extremely knowledgeable, hard working, and puts the needs of her clients above all things. They would be happy to have Ms. Montes represent them on any future family law related matters.
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Posted by Jen | December 4, 2014
Amy handled my divorce, couldn't be happier
I just wanted to review the Law offices of Amy Montes. I used this office to handle my cross country divorce. I was very nervous in the beginning due to any possible custody issues that may arise, due to me moving cross country from where I lived with my then husband for a new job. Amy advised me of things in the beginning and made sure I had my ducks in a row before we filed. We initially filed for Legal Separation, since I did not have my residency requirement time in, and then we quickly amended it to divorce proceedings once the 6 month residency requirement was met. Although the process could have ended sooner had my ex not been so difficult with handling his side of things, we still ended up getting everything finalized within 7 or 8 months of our initial filing for Separation. I was always kept apprised of changes or non responsiveness of my ex, and felt I was given pretty good explanations of what was going on. We avoided what could have been a trial, due to the diligence of the office of hounding my Ex to get his side handled. Was very happy and would recommend this office for anyone dealing with a divorce.
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Posted by Chelsea | June 27, 2014
No other Attorney like her, Professional, Knowlegable and Caring!
I have never met a more professional yet personable attorney. She had helped us last year in a custody case and again this year in another custody case. Both cases were very difficult, but Ms. Montes helped us every step of the way. We were always informed and contacting her was never an issue. She is very knowledgeable and on point with everything she does. She covers every base and prepares you for everything that may come your way and helps you understand the court process, which can be so confusing at times. She has successfully been able to gain more custody time as well as rights and guidelines for the custodial agreement. She has a very approachable personality and knows how to be heard and make her point in the courtroom. Her focus is on restoring our family and making sure the child/children are always first priority. Ms. Montes is as professional as she is friendly. When it comes to the court dates or meetings, you will walk in feeling prepared and confident with her. I have recommended her services to many people and endorse her 100%. She is incredible.
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Posted by Mariko | February 6, 2014
Thoroughly knowledgeable and effective. Our number one choice for family law.
We are so grateful to have found Amy Montes. She provided professional service with full knowledge of family law in a very difficult case. We truly felt that Amy's goal was to resolve the matter quickly because she cared about what was right and not about billable hours. She was straight forward and due to her thorough knowledge about the specifics of or case, was able to quickly respond in the courtroom. When children are involved it's so important to know you are in the right hands and we always felt as though hiring Amy was the best decision. In our eyes there is no one better to handle a family law matter than Amy Montes
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2013
I appreciated Ms. Montes' effective communication and ability to come up with creative solutions for my wife and I. We have a 23 year marriage and Ms. Montes was able to successfully mediate our divorce. Anytime we called, she made herself available, and made it a priority to keep us updated. I've heard that in a divorce, only the attorneys "win," but with Ms. Montes, her goal was to see how we both could carry out our financial objectives. Her knowledge is abundant. Thank you to her and her staff!
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2013
Dedicated to getting the job done!
Ms. Montes helped me get through a very nasty contentious divorce. Throughout the proceedings she kept me apprised of everything that was going on, what needed to be done and what to expect. Having to deal with the opposing party, at times I thought it would never end. But Ms. Montes worked hard to get me the outcome I wanted. She is honest, thorough and fair and I would not hesitate to recommend her. Her support staff of very professional and helpful as well. Thank you all.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2011
Helpful hand in a time of need
I want to thank Attorney Montes for all of her helpful support through such a difficult time. I truly appreciate her professional advice, thoroughness and legal representation.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2009
Ms. Montes was outstanding in my time of dispair!
I had two child support cases and needed help with my child support orders and she was great! I really appreciate her diligent effort to keep me informed and fight for what was fair and reasonable. She knew the law and was NOT affraid to advocate.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Amy M. Montes
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner, Attorney
  • Yanez & Montes, LLP
  • 2007 - 2011


  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • undergraduate
  • 2002


  • Orange County Barristers
  • Past President
  • 2008 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in Orange County
  • Orange County Metro Magazine
  • 2009


  • Who's Who in Orange County
  • Orange County Lawyer
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning & Prenuptial Agreements
  • Things to Think About Before Marriage
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Ms. Montes for years and she has demonstrated an exceptional level of competency and professionalism. She returns calls and emails promptly and works well under pressure. Her support staff is also excellent. I recommend contacting Ms. Montes for any family law issues."
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Montes is a very dedicated and hard working attorney. Clients are very satisfied with her work and work ethic."