Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Michael is a Partner with the firm's Mobile, Alabama, office. He practices in the areas of General Liability Defense, Subrogation, and Property/Casualty Coverage with an emphasis on first-party claims. He has litigated several matters throughout his career, serving as both lead and co-counsel in trials taking place in both Alabama and Florida. Michael graduated from Auburn University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and received his Law Degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael engaged in the practice of law with a mid-size firm in Mobile, Alabama, focusing primarily on coverage and general liability defense litigation with an emphasis on product and construction defect claims. He has published articles in both legal and trade magazines, and has also served previously as a member of the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors as a member of the organization's Construction Law Committee. 

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Michael is licensed to practice in both Alabama and Florida, as well the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, and the Northern District of Florida. He is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Michael is an active member of the Mobile Bar Association, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, the Paul W. Brock Chapter of the National Inns of Court, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute. Michael is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) where he is the President of the Alabama Chapter.

Admissions

  • Alabama

Education

  • Auburn University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence

Memberships

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
April 12, 2012 PUBLICATIONLearning from the 2011 Tornado Season: A Historic Year of Coverage Lessons for Insurers in 2012

A publication of CLM
As natural disasters go, the tornado season of 2011 was one of the worst on the books. The National Weather Service reported that a record number of tornadoes touched down during the April-May 2011 tornado season, with the state of Alabama having more tornadoes reach the ground than in any other state.

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February 26, 2009 PUBLICATIONIs Abnormal Becoming The New Normal In Alabama?

This is one of a series of articles originally published in Mealey's Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 22, #20 (February 26, 2009).

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October 01, 2007 PUBLICATIONAlabama Limits Subrogation Rights Under Wrongful Death Statute

The Supreme Court of Alabama recently limited the rights of a workers' compensation insurer seeking to recover medical expenses paid on behalf of a worker who later died as a result of his injuries. Alabama's unique wrongful death statute, which allows for the recovery of punitive damages only, precludes an insurer from recovering medical expenses incurred prior to the worker's death.

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Webinars

April 13, 2017 WEBINARSConstruction Claims - Case Law and Statutory Updates

Michael Montgomery, a Partner at Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig, along with co-presenter Brenda Radmacher will be presenting “Construction Claims - Case Law and Statutory Updates" on a CLM Webinar on April 13, 2017, at 1:00 PM EST.

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July 14, 2016 WEBINARSConstruction Claims: Case Law & Statutory Updates

CLM 2016 Webinar Series

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Blog Posts

October 19, 2017 BLOG POSTAlabama and Mississippi Insurance Law Questions Following Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the city of Biloxi on Sunday, October 8, 2017, as a Category 1 Hurricane.  The eastern quadrant of the storm’s center also passed over significant portions of the Alabama Gulf Coast, including the city of Mobile.  Although the initial damage appears to be relatively minor in comparison to past catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Katrina, many businesses and homeowners appear to have suffered damage.

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August 26, 2014 BLOG POSTBad Faith: Turns Out, Abnormal in Alabama Really Is Normal

A few years ago, I published an article that questioned whether Alabama’s tort of bad faith was becoming more prevalent on a theory referred to by Alabama courts as an “abnormal bad faith” action. See, “Is Abnormal Becoming the New Normal in Alabama?” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Insurance Bad Faith, Vol. 22, #20 (February 26, 2009).

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July 24, 2014 BLOG POSTSports Laws Focusing More and More on Youth Sports

Youth sports have become a year-round, multi-million dollar industry. From travel teams, to club ball, to off-season workouts, the concept of youth sports has changed dramatically from a fun day at the park to a highly competitive atmosphere, where specialization and focus on one particular sport begins at an earlier and earlier age. As a result of the increase in the popularity and appetite for competition among children, the law has also begun to change.

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Community

June 22, 2017 COMMUNITYCTRL Your Future

For the second year in a row, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig has spread some end of the school year cheer to seniors in eight different locations. Butler’s annual CTRL Your Future essay contest was created by the Firm’s Community Service Committee to recognize deserving high school seniors who have exhibited commitment to their academics. The winners in each city received a brand-new laptop with a full Microsoft Office Suite installed to assist them in their studies in the fall at their four-year college.

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Events

November 03, 2017 EVENT2017 CLM Southeast Conference - Removing Trial Blinders: Mediating on the Eve of Trial

Michael Montgomery from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig will be presenting in Atlanta, Georgia at the 2017 CLM Southeast Conference on the topic of "Removing Trial Blinders: Mediating on the Eve of Trial".

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October 10, 2017 EVENT2017 CLM & BUSINESS INSURANCE CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE - Challenging Experts in Building Product Cases: Clearing the Smoke and Smashing the Mirrors

Michael Montgomery from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenters Valerie Garcia, Aaron Lorentz, Theresa Touchton and Lee Wright will be presenting in San Diego, CA at the 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference on the topic of "Challenging Experts in Building Product Cases: Clearing the Smoke and Smashing the Mirrors".

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June 07, 2017 EVENTFIFEC Annual Conference - Law and Ethics Update 5-260 and Fraud and Misrepresentation

Alan Nisberg, Michael Montgomery and Tracy Jurgus from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Orlando, FL at the FIFEC Annual Conference on the topic of "Law and Ethics Update 5-260 and Fraud and Misrepresentation" on June 7-8, 2017.

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March 30, 2017 EVENTMarijuana in the Mainstream — Implications for Claims and Litigation

Michael Montgomery from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenters Valerie Garcia, Christopher Hass, and Misty Valentine, presented in Nashville, TN at the CLM 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Marijuana in the Mainstream — Implications for Claims and Litigation” on March 30, 2017. 

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June 08, 2016 EVENTLaws, Regulation, & Ethics in Claims Handling: Subrogation, Liability & First Party

2016 Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Conference

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November 06, 2015 EVENTCLM Conference - Atlanta

When Saying You're an Expert Isn't Enough: Selecting, Working With, and Keeping Expert Witnesses Qualified in a Construction Defect Case

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July 31, 2014 EVENTCLM Construction & Environmental Conference

Top Ten Things that Keep Your Claims Professional Awake at Night

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February 05, 2014 EVENT2015 Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Committee Conference

The Daubert Disaster: Unintended Consequences Affecting Insurers and Experts

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November 08, 2013 EVENT2013 CLM Construction/Environmental ADR/AFA Conference
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June 20, 2013 EVENTRimkus 10th Annual Seminar

How to Defend Product /Materials Failures that Result in Construction Defect Claims

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February 07, 2013 EVENTGulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals

Dealing with the Sympathetic Plaintiff in Litigation and Trial

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March 09, 2010 EVENTConstruction Defect Litigation and Coverage in Florida

HSA Engineers & Scientists

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December 11, 2009 EVENTInsurance Coverage Issues and Pollution Claims

Current Issues in Environmental Law

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News

February 21, 2017 NEWSMichael Montgomery is now President of CLM's Alabama Chapter

Michael Montgomery is now the President of the Claims and Litigation Management's (CLM) Alabama Chapter. Congratulations, Michael! 

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Employment Law
  • Excess Coverage
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Healthcare Insurance Fraud
  • Malpractice - Architecture
  • Malpractice - Engineering
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Engineering/Architecture
  • Professional Malpractice - Medical
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Toxic Torts
  • Workers' Compensation