El Paso native Lee R. Montion didn’t start his career in the field of personal injury law. In fact, his compassion for individuals and families struggling to cope with tragedy began when he worked as a funeral director earlier in his career. He saw families trying to pick up the pieces and make important decisions after tragic, life-altering events. This is why he knows how crucial it is to have a steady, guiding hand during difficult times.
Today, Lee draws upon this same sensitivity and empathy when assisting clients who need a personal injury attorney. “A lot of people haven’t gone through this process before,” he says. So Lee takes the time to listen to them, explain what to expect, and answer their questions.
Then, he works to ensure accident victims receive the aggressive advocacy they deserve. “Our clients are not at a fair level with an insurance adjuster. Unrepresented clients just get chewed up and spit out. Defending them and protecting our clients’ interests is definitely rewarding.”
Like many people, Lee’s first experience with the law was through television. He watched the TV series L.A. Law of the late 1980s and early 1990s with his mom. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing before working in the funeral business for six years. Eventually, he decided to follow his calling and earned his juris doctorate from Texas A&M School of Law in 2009.
There are many aspects of Lee’s job that he enjoys. But mostly, he loves helping people. “When people are hurt and they can’t work and don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills, they’re in a pretty stressful time of need,” he says. Lee knows what a difference he can make in these people’s lives. He and the legal team at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, work hard to take the pressure off clients, answer their questions, and give them confidence that their case is in good hands.
The best measure of success is knowing his clients are satisfied. It’s especially gratifying, Lee says, “once we close out the case, and they give you a hug or a thank-you card and tell you, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”
Lee has been a partner with the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PLLC, since 2014 and is licensed to practice law in both Texas and New Mexico.
He jokes about having one foot in each state at home as well. “The state line goes through my back yard,” he says.
He and his wife, Jessica, have a young son and a daughter and are expecting another boy, due in April. When not working on a legal matter, he is an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap.