Donald Montgomery is an Associate in Selman Breitman's Los Angeles Office and is a Member of the firm's Insurance and Trucking & Transport Practice Groups. Donald represents insurers in coverage and related matters, with an emphasis in third party property-casualty issues in the construction, auto and environmental arenas. Donald's practice includes the preparation of coverage opinions, reservations of rights and declination letters, as well as the litigation of insurance coverage matters, including declaratory relief, equitable contribution and bad faith claims, from inception through trial and appeal. Donald's expertise also includes primary/excess issues and the representation of surplus lines carriers.

Prior to joining Selman Breitman, Donald represented commercial transportation carriers in personal injury and premise liability matters, including defense of catastrophic injury actions arising out of interstate trucking and transportation accidents.

Representative Matters

  • Donald drafted the winning appellate brief in Yu v. Interstate Fire And Casualty Company, et al., 2014 WL 6783153, unpublished, following a successful bench trial in an insurance coverage action for breach of contract, equitable contribution and bad faith brought by the owner of a hotel after obtaining an assignment from the insured and other entities, saving the insurer client millions of dollars.
  • Donald drafted a successful motion for summary judgment on behalf of an insurer addressing the exclusive defense language in the insuring agreement of a commercial general liability policy in a contribution action filed by a co-insurer.

Insurance Seminars

  • "Independent Counsel – What You Need to Know," Client Seminar, October 2016
  • "An Insurer's Duty to Settle Construction Defect Claims," Client Seminar & In-House MCLE, September 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member

Bar Admission

California, 2004
United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Education

Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California

  • J.D. - 2004

California State University Northridge

  • B.A. - 2001
  • Major: Political Science