ABOUT SUZY MONTERO
Alliance for Good Government
Crescent City Democrats
Forum for Equality
Independent Women’s Organization (IWO)
Lakeview Area Voters Association (LAVA)
Mid City Democrats
New Orleans Coalition
Our Revolution-New Orleans
Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee (OPREC)
Regular Democratic Organization of LA (RDO)
M. Suzanne “Suzy” Montero has had an active and diverse litigation practice in New Orleans for nearly 25 years having been sworn in to the Louisiana State Bar on April 10, 1992. She was born and raised in New Orleans and is the youngest daughter of the late Wilson M. “Monty” Montero, Jr., and the late Joan B. Montero. Suzy graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal School in 1981, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1985. She worked for three years with troubled and vulnerable adolescents at Jo Ellen Smith Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital in Algiers, Louisiana, before enrolling in law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in December, 1991.
Following law school, Suzy entered private practice at Sessions & Fishman working with Max Nathan, Jr., and Jerry Lipsich. She then joined Martzell & Bickford, a firm founded in 1972 by the late John R. “Jack” Martzell and her father, Wilson Montero. During her tenure at Martzell & Bickford, she worked exclusively in a litigation practice representing clients in many areas, including commercial litigation, toxic tort, personal injury, and election challenges. Martzell & Bickford represented Senator Mary Landrieu in 2004 in the challenge by State Rep. Woody Jenkins to her election to the U.S. Senate. Suzy was part the legal team who successfully defended Senator Landrieu. In 2002, she joined the Law Office of Warren A. “Chip” Forstall, Jr., to represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injuries, as well as cases with complex issues of causation and/or liability.
During her decades of litigation, Suzy represented thousands of clients in more than 500 cases. She has served as first-chair counsel in jury trials in both state and federal courts. She has tried jury and non-jury trials in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Martin, Iberia, and Natchitoches Parishes, and in the United States District Courts in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in Louisiana, the Chitimacha Tribal Court in Charenton, Louisiana, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. She has appeared and argued in the Louisiana First, Fourth, and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Suzy holds an active membership with the Louisiana State Bar Association and Association of Women Attorneys, Louisiana Association of Justice, American Association of Justice, St. Thomas More Inns of Court, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, IWO, New Orleans Bar Association, Association of New Orleans Trial Lawyers, Forum for Equality, and HRC Federal Club. She received the AIDSLaw Pro Bono Publico Award 2000. She has been active in the Tulane Women’s Basketball Mentoring Program since 2011, mentoring student-athletes. She has served as an adjunct professor in the Tulane University Law School Trial Advocacy Program teaching litigation skills. She is an active member in the Lakeshore Property Owners Association.