Montgomery J. Delaney
In just fifteen years as a trial lawyer, Westchester's Montgomery Delaney
- former US Marine and NYPD cop, one-time high school teacher and coach, and accomplished singer/songwriter - is already one of Southern New York's best known, most effective and certainly most memorable courtroom attorneys.
With a New York City pedigree borne of the streets of the South Bronx, and an always-authentic, never-intimidated presence (afforded in part by a strapping six-foot six-inch frame), Delaney
brings innate skills to trial law.
For starters, he's
a natural connector, with jurors and clients alike.
was once jailed briefly ("It was only a few hours") when he
stood up to a judge whose actions, Delaney
felt, were compromising his
client's right to a fair settlement.
Peers regard Delaney, now in his early 50s, as a passionate, colorful yet credible force; he's a trial lawyer fiercely proud of his unique path to the profession.
"I don't know too many lawyers who've gotten here the way I have," he
"I hope that the road I have taken has made me a better lawyer.
Growing up in the Highbridge Section of the South Bronx ("It was all Irish when I was a kid, but became a lot more diverse over the years"), Monty Delaney
was the fourth of five children; his
father was a truck driver for the Post Office, his
mother, an amputee from a pedestrian accident, was a switchboard operator - "Try raising five kids on one leg; she
was the greatest example of courage and integrity I ever knew.
Aptitude tests steered Delaney into technical work, and for several years, he traveled the world as a Marine Corps Electronics Technician, repairing all types of radio equipment and other communication devices (There too he learned to play the guitar, and by his late 20s he became an accomplished singer and songwriter.
well produced CDs still circulate www.montgomerydelaney.com).
He returned to college, earned his B.A. and joined the NYPD, patrolling the streets where he'd grown up.
Street patrols for uniformed officers were "dangerous every shift" amid the 80s crack cocaine epidemic.
was accused of using excessive force, in a high-profile case in which the city, under intense political pressure, made a large financial settlement even though the city fully indemnified his
was less embittered than you'd expect, but it impacted his
career by bolstering his
decision to attend law school.
A serious back injury, from a fall down a flight of stairs, led to a disability discharge. ("When people come to me today and say they have back problems, I can always relate.") By '88 he
was already attending law school at night, mindful that "a law degree would help me move up in the ranks.
In 2012, Delaney
struck out on his
own, and Montgomery Delaney, P.C. is a classic independent plaintiffs' firm, carefully selecting cases, from medical malpractice to premises liability to even - yes - the occasional police liability case.
proud of helping people in the face of negligence and unfairness.
In many respects he's
professional prime; and recently remarried (he's the father of three "wonderful" children from his
first marriage), he
wife recently welcomed their second child, and are living yet another new chapter.
"I've lived my life determined to turn negatives into positives," he