R. Ernest Montanari


Ernest Montanari is senior counsel and trial attorney at the firm’s Walnut Creek Office. Mr. Montanari has over 32 years of litigation experience and practices in professional liability, employment litigation, environmental law, and agricultural litigation.  

Mr. Montanari is a former founder and shareholder in a litigation and transaction firm for 22 years. Mr. Montanari was previously employed in an insurance defense firm and handled catastrophic injury, agricultural law, and public entity defense cases. He has defended numerous professional claims against real estate brokers, property managers appraisers, and other licensed professionals.  

  • American Bar Association 
  • National Eagle Scout Association (Life Member) 
  • Santa Barbara Pistachio Ranch v. Chowchilla Water District (2001) 88 Cal. App. 4th 439, 
  • Smith v. Fresno Irrigation District (1999) 72 Cal. App. 4th 147 
  • Miranda v. National Emergency Services, Inc. (1995) 35 Cal. App. 4th 894.