Duane M. Montgomery


Santa Monica

(310) 460-4478

(310) 594-7304

Duane focuses his practice on real estate and business transactions. Duane represents real estate clients in secured financing matters, acquisitions and dispositions, title reviews, foreclosures, loan workouts, commercial leasing, finance lender licensing, joint venture matters, and manufactured housing transactions. He has significant experience representing clients in applying for and obtaining California Department of Real Estate public reports and in applying for, negotiating, and obtaining tentative and final subdivision maps for various types of projects. Duane also assists medium and small businesses in the formation of limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships. Duane is the office managing partner of the firm's Santa Monica office. 

During his career, Duane has practiced at various California law firms and served as vice president and associate general counsel to a former major savings and loan association. 

Duane received his bachelor’s degree from Newbold College, his master’s degree from Andrews University, and his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor.


Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management

February 16, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2021 year.

Marrying Yesterday’s Basis with Today’s Underwriting: Players Unpack What’s Unfolded

June 15, 2020

Duane Montgomery was featured in the Commercial Observer about a panel he moderated about commercial real estate and COVID-19.

Nine Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers

January 15, 2020

Super Lawyers has named nine Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers.

Los Angeles and Santa Monica Attorneys Participates in Adoption Day

November 19, 2018

Los Angeles and Santa Monica offices finalized pro bono adoptions for six families.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Hiring of Gilchrist & Rutter Attorneys

September 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is thrilled to announce that effective October 1, 2017, all of the lawyers from the Los Angeles real estate and commercial litigation boutique, Gilchrist & Rutter, will join the firm.


Expanded Rent Control Dead — For Now [Alert]

November 07, 2018

Richard Close, Thomas Casparian, Duane Montgomery, Spencer Isaac Eldred, and Susy Forbath discuss California voters rejection of Prop.10, which would have expanded the ability of local governments to implement more comprehensive rent control.

Other Lender Protections besides Waiver of Security Interest in Contaminated Real Property [Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins]

June 01, 2011

Donald Nanney and Duane Montgomery discuss this topic in Korek Land Company, Inc's Commentaries & Bulletins.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1984
  • Andrews University, M.A.
  • Newbold College, B.A.

Awards & Honors

Southern California Super Lawyer, 2009-2014, 2017-2020

  • California
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. Tax Court

California State Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Real Estate Executive Counsel, 2003-2004

Board Member, White Memorial Medical Center, 2001-2004

Asset Committee, Board Member, Southern California Association of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1996-2004, 2012-Present