Brian Montague is an AV rated attorney in the firm’s Seagrove Beach Office and has significant and uniquely diverse legal experience over his 35-plus years of practice. He has successfully tried cases in federal and state court, and has won appeals three times before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Brian’s experience representing both businesses and individuals in trials and appeals complements his decades of experience handling business and commercial real estate transactions, asset purchases and sales, corporate and LLC structuring, hundreds of contracts, articles of condominium, and covenants and other governing documents for homeowner and condominium owner associations. His clients have included commercial and residential builders, developers, corporate shareholders and LLC members, state and local governments, HOA’s and their members, trucking companies and their drivers, insurers and their insureds, insurance agencies, real estate agents, those having or defending defective construction claims, a cellular and CLEC service provider, and other entities and individuals in a wide variety of matters.
Brian has also negotiated details of commercial construction and commercial real estate development projects across several states, served for three years to a U.S. Senator, testified before the Mississippi State Senate regarding cellular tower legislation, handled estate probate and administration, and served for a period as an assistant district attorney (in charge of burglary, embezzlement, and felony DUI cases).
Brian has over 20 years of retired military service. He retired as a colonel and is a former State Judge Advocate for the Mississippi National Guard. He deployed to Iraq as a volunteer in 2009, serving as Command Judge Advocate for 2-198 Combined Arms Battalion, Q- West Base Complex, Iraq, and 2-114 Field Artillery Battalion, Mosul, Iraq, 155 Brigade Combat Team. His work included advice to Commanders and Soldiers on military justice issues, the US – Iraq Security Agreement, Escalation of Force / Rules of Engagement issues, administrative law, government contract review and interpretation, and dealings with Iraqi tribal leaders, and claims.
Brian also served on active duty in 2004-05 as Command Judge Advocate, Mobilization Center Shelby, Camp Shelby, MS, serving under First Army (LTG Russel Honoré, commanding). After completing that period of military active duty, Brian received the South Central Mississippi Bar Association Law Day Award “for Outstanding Service to His Country and Steadfast Commitment to the Law.” Among Brian’s military awards are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with Two Oak Leaf Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal (State).
Brian graduated from Vanderbilt University and from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has been listed in A.M. Best Directory of Recommended Insurance Counsel and enjoys approved attorney status with the Mississippi Tort Claims Board and the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. He is a past member of the board of directors of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the Greater Hattiesburg (MS) Homebuilders Association, and received the Pine Burr Award, Pine Burr Area Council, for service to the Boy Scouts of America.
Brian is licensed to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Mississippi. Brian took and passed the Florida Bar exam in February 2019, and he expects admission to practice in Florida after taking the Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in August 2019. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Brian and his wife Leigh Ann enjoy living in Seagrove Beach, a bike ride away from the firm’s office on 30A. Their older son, Reid, is a Mississippi State alumnus and works with Department of Defense in Maryland. Younger son Austin just graduated from Mississippi State and is pleased to be resuming work with the Atlanta Falcons in team logistics.