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Barbara Sue Monty

Mediation Attorney at San Rafael, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Monty White LLP

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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Barbara Monty has been a successful trial attorney, managing partner of law firms, general counsel to an international company, trial teacher, mediator, and arbitrator.  She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and has worked in private law firms, public companies, and as in-house counsel to a national insurance company.  While Barbara's specialty is in mediation and arbitration she has successfully tried to verdict major environmental, product defect, wrongful death, business, landslide, fire, explosion, sexual harassment, toxic tort, construction, insurance and personal injury cases. She has an unbeaten trial record and frequently serves as judge pro tem in local courts.

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Monty White LLP
1000 4th Street Suite 425
San Rafael, CA, 94901
Monty White LLP Santa Rosa Office
411 Russell Ave.
Suite 104
Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Monty White LLP Palm Desert Office
44489 Town Center Way
Suite D-168
Palm Desert, CA, 92260
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2014
High praise and appreciation
This was an Underinsured Motorist case, in which my own car insurance carrier didn’t believe the extent of my injuries and had denied my claim. Barbara had to first prove the validity of my injuries to the carrier of the driver who rear ended me, then to my own insurance company. She knew the process, local courts and mediators well, and consistently steered the case toward the best result. Barbara prepared me for a deposition and mediations. She knew the facts of my case thoroughly and what to focus on at every stage. I was kept informed all along and supported by friendly, top-notch office staff. While Barbara’s conduct was professional at all times, she was also kind, demonstrating genuine concern for me personally. Ultimately, the award was much better than anticipated, making this a positive experience at all levels. Even my obligation to pay back Medicare was negotiated for me. I recommend Barbara Monty without reservation and I would seek her assistance again, if needed. I give high praise and appreciation.
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Posted by Annie | October 25, 2014
MS MONTY is one of the best and most intelligent lawyer to come around in a long time. In searching for a lawyer a my car accident, I spoke with Ms Monty. Ms Monty was very precise and explained what needs to be done in terms I would understand. Ms Monty was always available if I had more questions and when not available would always call me back. I felt confident in her handling of my case. I appreciated the way she approached situations with me and other lawyers. Ms Monty never approached my case with any negativity. She was always so positive and i felt comfortable with her as my lawyer.
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Posted by Danyele | September 16, 2014
Slip and slide accident; through Barabara's hard work and guidance she made my life a lot easier and she won my case
A slip and fall accident in a grocery store became my horrible life until I met Barbara. She gave me excellent legal advise and guided me through the whole legal process and won my case Thank you Barbara Danyele P
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
A brilliant and ferocious tiger of a lawyer
Barbara Monty was referred glowingly to us by two different lawyers. Because we were having a business crisis, she cleared an hour from her packed schedule, and in that time, she gave us outstanding advice and a great strategy that is already achieving results. We thought things were hopeless, but now we see a path to a resolution. If you are lucky enough to be represented by Ms. Monty, you are fortunate indeed. She clearly thinks on her feet with a rapier-like understanding of the law and a real-world sense of what can be done quickly. We could not be more grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
Highly Recommended!
Barbara handled my complex case with persistence and poise. She was meticulous in detail, firm in expectation, consistent in communication, and overall served as an unparalleled guide in navigating my case. Barb is professionally well connected, utilizing top mediators, experts, and investigators collaboratively in order to obtain the very best outcomes for her clients. One of her strongest attributes is her discernment in really listening to her clients concerns, while simultaneously knowing where to draw the line. Litigation can be very intense and I felt safe working with Barb. I will continue to refer contacts to Monty White LLP and specifically Barbara Monty. I cannot say enough good things about her practice.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2014
Best in the Business
My wife and are currently involved in an extremely complex construction litigation case that has been churning in Marin County Superior Court for over four years. We hired Ms. Monty in March of 2013 after previous involvement with two other attorneys since the cases inception in late 2010. Ms. Monty has vigorously represented us from that date on, and, even more importantly she never loses sight of the big picture. Every move she makes is shared with us to weigh out the pros & cons in order to make a cost benefit analysis of the situation before proceeding. Her actions are always decisive, clear, and well thought out. Her knowledge of the law and Civil Litigation surpasses and attorney I have met. Ms. Monty clearly has a love for her profession and that is clearly reflected in her work performance and relationships with her clients. Thanks to her I expect a successful resolution to our case and would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family seeking an EXPERT Civil Attorney.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Mediator
  • Resolution Remedies
  • 2012 - Present
  • Litigation Partner
  • Monty White LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Barbara S. Monty
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Corporate Counsel
  • FDC/Aerofilter
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Manager/Senior Trial Attorney
  • Santana & Monty
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Managing Attorney
  • Monty, Ginalski & Marchi
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Trial Associate
  • Allswang, Smith & Walsh
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Eliot & Parker/McGee, Lafayette, Willis & Greene
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Director of Vocational Education
  • San Francisco Community College District
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Principal Investigator
  • Far West Laboratory for Educational Research & Development
  • 1982 - 1985
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  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1986
  • San Francisco State University
  • Master's degree
  • 1983
  • Regis College
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Richie vs. Raybestos
  • Jury found my client not liable.
  • Kwong vs. Sheldon
  • Jury found my client not liable as against any of the 4 plaintiffs.


  • Marin County Bar Association, Bench Bar/Administration of Justice Committee
  • Chair
  • 2014 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, Judicial Fairness Committee
  • Appointed Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Spectrum, Community Center
  • Community Advisory Counsel Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Resolution Remedies ADR Center
  • ADR Panelist, Mediator
  • 2012 - Present
  • Construction Law Section, Marin County Bar Association
  • Founder, Chair
  • 2012 - Present
  • Marin County Bar Association, ADR Section
  • Presenter, Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • ADR Northern California
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Officer, Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Marin County Women Lawyers
  • Officer, Board of Directors, Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • California Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Alternate Defenders, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Marin County Bar Association Real Property Section
  • Presenter, Member
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Berkeley Law School
  • Judge, Negotiation Competition
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Founder of Pledge for Equality
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Marin County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Member
  • 2010 - 2016
  • Mock Trial Association, Department of Education
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Faculty
  • 1998 - 2002
  • State Bar of California
  • Delegate for San Francisco
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Environmental Law Sesction
  • Officer, Member
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Board of Directors, Member
  • 1987 - 2000
  • San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Penel
  • Panel Attorney
  • 1987 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Highlighted Mediator
  • Resolution Remedies ADR Company
  • 2014
  • 2014 Top Rated Construction Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • 2014
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • 2012
  • Bench Bar Judge Pro Tem
  • Marin Bar Association and Bench
  • 2012
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubble
  • 1997
  • Listed
  • Who's Who in California Law
  • 1991
  • Wiley Manual Pro Bono Award
  • Board of Governors of State Bar of California
  • 1990
  • Highlighted
  • Who's Who in California
  • 1990
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Drafting
  • The Rutter Group
  • 1985
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  • Marin County Bar Associaton Marin Lawyer
  • ADI Defending the Poor
  • 2017
  • Presentation for the MCBA & CLE programs
  • Forgiveness for Lawyers and Mediators
  • 2017
  • Summary of Real Property Law 2013, Real Property Section
  • Annual Summary of Construction Law
  • 2014
  • Marin Lawyer
  • Addressing Domestic Violence in Marin County
  • 2013
  • Marin Lawyer
  • Proposition 8 and DOMA
  • 2013
  • Marin Lawyer
  • How to Prepare for Mediation
  • 2013
  • Marin Lawyer
  • Litigator Moves to Mindfulness
  • 2012
  • Marin Lawyer
  • Spectrum, Champion of LGBT Rights in Marin County
  • 2012
  • Marin Lawyer
  • New Construction Law Section
  • 2011
  • Marin Lawyer
  • Managing Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2009
  • Lawyer Training Manual for One Beacon Insurance
  • Managing Expert Witnesses in Construction Cases
  • 2001
  • Inhouse Training Manual for American States Insurance
  • Handling Construction Defect Litigation for In House Attorneys
  • 1992
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Bulletin
  • Balancing Motherhood with Litigation
  • 1990
  • Golden Gate University Law Review
  • Psychiatric Abuse of Clients
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • MCBA Meeting
  • Forgiveness in the Law
  • 2017
  • MCBA CLE Training
  • Forgiveness for Lawyers and Mediators
  • 2017
  • MCBA Annual CLE Fair
  • Diversity in the Law
  • 2016
  • Legal Aid of Marin Annual Meeting
  • Representing Poor Elders
  • 2016
  • Summary of Real Property Law of 2012
  • Update on Construction Law
  • 2014
  • Marin County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Diversity Law and Sensitivity at Work
  • 2014
  • Marin County Bar Association, ADR Section
  • The Art of Persuasion
  • 2014
  • Marin County Bar Association, ADR Section
  • Moving from Impasse to Resolution in Mediation
  • 2013
  • Career Day
  • Managing a Small Law Firm
  • 2012
  • Quarterly meeting of Marin Women Lawyers
  • Working with the "Boys" in Construction Cases
  • 2008
  • Basic Attorney Training
  • Handling Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2005
  • National Attorney Training
  • Handling Hearsay Objections
  • 2002
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Monthly meeting
  • Handling the Toxic Tort Case
  • 1998
  • Insurance Class
  • Basic Insurance Coverage for Construction Cases
  • 1996
  • National Underwriters Conference
  • Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Litigation
  • 1993
  • Women Litigators Conference
  • Balancing Litigation and Parenthood
  • 1991
  • Monthly Meeting of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
  • Representing Clients with AIDS
  • 1990
  • Quarterly Meeting, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • 1989
  • Quarterly Dinner, Bay Club
  • Preventing Sexual Harassment
  • 1989
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Annual Meeting
  • A Woman Owned Firm-Different?
  • 1988
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Attorney endorsements

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Mediation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is a wonderful, upbeat person and an excellent lawyer and mediator. She really cares about her clients and can be as tenacious as needed. She is smart, creative and loves to keep learning from everything she does. She would be one my first choices of attorneys to represent me or to hire as a mediator."
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I absolutely endorse this lawyer. Barbara is extremely intelligent and thoughtful, and a recognized expert in the field."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Barbara heartily. I mediated a very challenging case in which Barbara represented the plaintiff. I found her to be a powerful and responsible advocate for her client, who not only had command of the law and the facts but knew how to work with and advise her client so that her client would have the best result possible in a very difficult situation. I also know Barbara collegially as a fellow mediator and lawyer---she is an absolute delight to know and work with. I recommend her without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Barbara is a superb lawyer and because of her analytic ability, she is often chose to mediate disputes. She has a winning personality and is able to effectively and strongly represent her clients."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"> I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney Barbara Monty. She is extremely bright, creative and tenacious. She helped settle a huge tree/view case, where both sides were foaming at the mouth to go to trial, however Barbara expertly got both sides to move off of their entrenched positions and come to an enduring settlement, both parties could live with. I highly recommend her as a mediator and litigator. > > I endorse this lawyer."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbara Monty is a highly skilled and talented attorney who has mastered the art of Mediation. She has obtained excellent results for clients in challenging and difficult situations."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I 100% endorse Barbara Monty as a mediator. Some lawyer/mediators forget that mediation requires a different skill set compared to litigation. They come to the mediation table with guns blazing. Not Barbara. Her extensive knowledge base coupled with her sensitive and humane approach, make her an excellent choice for a mediator."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara has been both a volunteer settlement panelist and retained mediator for several tough cases I have had. Barbara quickly and well grasps the facts as well as the parties' desires and motivations. I recommend her without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer: Barbara is an astute, experienced and effective attorney with the added benefit of mediator insights. Opponents, Clients, and the Courts benefit equally from these talents."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbara Monty is a fantastic mediator. I have worked with her as a co-mediator for the court and subsequently hired her to mediate a case on behalf of my client in litigation. She is brilliant, enthusiastic, positive, and has the perfect energy, all of which make her an effective (and gifted) mediator. I intend to use her again. She comes with my highest recommendation."
Construction and development Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barbara Monty.From negotiation, to litigation, to mediation, to problem solving and resolution, Barbara has all the tools and is five stars."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Barbara Monty for her skills as a litigator. She is a staunch advocate for her clients, and represents them with integrity, dedication and perseverance."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If I needed representation, Barbara Monty would be at the top of my short list."
Mediation Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara Monty is a very generous and wise counselor, and a mentor and guide for other lawyers. I hope that the people who come to Avvo and ask questions will heed her advice and get their issues back on track."
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San Rafael Mediation Lawyer Barbara Sue Monty
Barbara Sue Monty
Mediation Attorney
San Rafael, CA
Licensed for 36 years
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