Career Profiles

Jose Montoya ‘14

Associate Attorney, Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin
Deputy City Attorney, Cities of Bell Gardens, Chico, Pico Rivera and Pomona

Jose Montoya ‘14

What do you do at your job?
I am an associate attorney with Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin, and currently serve the cities of Bell Gardens, Chico, Pico Rivera and Pomona as a Deputy City Attorney. I specialize in the field of public law, environmental law and education law.

What excites you most about your job?
I am constantly presented with a new project or legal issue to tackle on a daily basis. There may be a day where I’m drafting a contractual agreement for a city and a third-party, and another where I’m in court relaying my most recent research in an oral argument regarding a land use issue. With city councils, planning commissions and successor agencies each having their separate demands, I am constantly learning and applying specialized concepts of the law that keep me growing as an ongoing student of the law and as a legal professional.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
By completing the Environmental Law Concentration, I was fully prepared at graduation to delve into the work environment with my understanding of the ever-changing concepts and growing concerns in this field. Along with the coursework, Whittier Law School’s Career Development Center assisted me in my job search by providing unparalleled cover letter and resume help, which resulted in an externship with the City Attorney’s Office. Studying abroad in Mexico City also allowed me to experience an inspiring perspective on the practice of law and foster new relationships with faculty and students. These experiences were all major mile stones in my career to get to me to where I am today.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry
Experience in the field is very important, be it through course-work or externships. Employers after graduation would like to see your interest in the subject matter, so do your research, stay up to date on the new and changing legal issues, and emphasize your desire to learn to prospective employers. Additionally, hone in on your writing skills throughout law school, as every field of law is writing heavy, be it transactional or litigation.