Virgil R. Montgomery

Montgomery Virgil

Virgil Montgomery draws on a lifetime of experience in construction. Virgil's practice is divided between procurement, project controls, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. He has drafted and provided key assistance in the preparation of contracts ranging in value up to several billion dollars for construction projects on behalf of owners, contractors, and energy clients. He also has advised clients during the bidding and negotiation phase and works closely with project participants to develop detailed evaluations of scope, bidding, and schedule issues. He also provides his clients project evaluations concerning the status of virtually every aspect of project development, design, procurement, construction, and close-out. In short and for large construction projects, Virgil and the Construction Group provide "cradle-to-grave" services to help project participants complete their projects on time and on budget.

Virgil's vast experience includes projects involving dams, light rail systems, major urban developments, selective catalytic reduction, flue gas desulfurization systems, nuclear engineering, heat recovery steam generators, alternative energy projects, sewage treatment facilities, steam and gas turbines, and other new and emerging technologies. He regularly mediates, arbitrates, and litigates matters concerning a variety of construction disputes, including performance issues, delays, scope of work issues, and rate disputes. He also utilizes his considerable experience to assist clients in developing project controls and risk mitigation reporting strategies and procedures.

Prior to attending law school, Virgil worked for 10 years as a union millwright and carpenter on steel mills, dams, high-rise buildings, breweries, and other large industrial and commercial projects.





  • J.D. Harvard Law School 1992
  • B.A. History and Political Science University of Colorado 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Adjunct professor, Northwestern University, Department of Civil Engineering Graduate Program, Construction Law & Risk Management, 2017 – 2018, 2020
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009, 2012 - 2014, 2016 - 2021, 2023 – 2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law; Litigation – Construction, 2019
  • Law Bulletin Media
    • Leading Lawyer, Construction Law, 2010 - 2020
    • Top 10 Construction Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
    • Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2010, 2015
  • Legal 500, Construction, 2019, 2024
  • Who's Who Legal, Construction, Illinois, 2011