Remembering Robert Montgomery – Lawyer that beat Big Tobacco

West Palm Beach, South Florida ( – News Report) – At the young age of 78, Bob Montgomery passed away Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he was receiving treatment for cancer. The Palm Beach trial lawyer was well known by many in the legal and arts communities. Mr. Montgomery was one of the founders of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and a major benefactor of the Palm Beach Opera and Armory Arts Center.

In addition to the tobacco litigation, Montgomery also partnered with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence striving to put some gun manufacturers out of business. This was fueled by the death of Barry Grunow, a middle school teacher who was shot by one of his students.

Some of Mr. Montgomery’s other significant cases include his representation of Kimberly Bergalis, the University of Florida student who died in 1991 after contracting HIV from her dentist. One of his more recent cases was the trial of Jay Levin, a man who shot and killed 16-year-old Mark Drewes while Drewes and a friend pulled a prank on Levin in 2003. He was involved in representing Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore during the 2000 presidential election. Mr. Montgomery even was Burt Reynold’s divorce lawyer in 1994. In 1997, he earned the $13.5 billion settlement with tobacco companies.

As one can see from his expansive and large lawsuits, he was an extremely powerful and influential man, and truly made an impact in the West Palm Beach Community. His funeral arrangements are being organized.

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