Joseph M. Montano, LLB'53 (Deceased)
Outstanding Alumni Award - 2002
Colorado native Joseph Montano has tried more than 300 cases during his more than five-decade legal career. Montano graduated from DU's College of Law in 1953 and has since earned a reputation as one of Denver's most prominent trial attorneys, most specifically in cases involving public acquisition of private land and property. In 1998, Montano retired from his partnership at Faegre & Benson, a prominent Denver firm. He has written articles and lectured extensively throughout the United States for the American Bar Association and the Practicing Law Institute, as well as numerous governmental and private organizations. Before his tenure at Faegre & Benson, Montano worked for Gorsuch, Kirgis, Campbell, Walker & Grover, the Colorado Attorney General's Office and The Texas Company (Texaco).