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Michael Montano Watts Guerra Attorney

Michael Montaño

Michael Montano Watts Guerra Attorney


Michael Montaño represents clients in complex and high-stakes civil litigation, with a primary focus on antitrust and privacy class actions. Michael practices before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate court levels.

Representative antitrust matters in Michael’s national practice include In re Qualcomm Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2773 (N.D. Cal.), which, with 250M class members, is the largest class action in U.S. history, and In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2656 (D.D.C.), which, with two defendants still remaining in the case, has already achieved $60M in settlements. Michael has also represented public entities in national opioids litigation and the public interest in whistleblower cases.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Michael graduated from the Stanford Law School, Yale College, and Central Catholic High School. He serves on the board of MOVE Texas, a civil rights and youth empowerment organization headquartered in San Antonio.

Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Mass Torts
  • Qui Tam

Legal Publications

  • Column, Dissent Is Not Sedition, Daily J., Sept. 21, 2020
  • Column, The Crossroads of Free Speech and Executive Prerogative, Daily J., Jun. 1, 2020
  • Note, Who May Be Tried Under the Military Commissions Act of 2006?, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1281 (2009)

Bar Licenses

  • Texas
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Northern District of California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California

Professional Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star—Antitrust (2019)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star—Antitrust (2020)

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association—Antitrust Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association—Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • American Philosophical Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco