After graduating from Washington State University in 1992, where he majored in accounting and business law, Monte attended Cornell Law School. After graduating with a Doctor of Law in 1995, Monte moved to Walla Walla where he began practicing in the areas of civil litigation (including personal injury), real estate, business, estate planning, and probate with Minnick Hayner. He joined Hess Law Office in 2001 where he practiced exclusively in the personal injury field. In 2006, he and Debi Toews opened their present office and continue to practice exclusively in the personal injury field.
Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1970, Monte has been an avid cyclist/triathlete for many years. He has periodically acted in plays at the Little Theater of Walla Walla and is formerly a member of the Little Theater board of directors. He is also a former member of the Walla Walla Downtown Foundation board of directors, as well as the organizing committee for the Tour of Walla Walla.
You may witness Monte and his dog Bentley strolling around the streets of downtown Walla Walla. If you spot them, stop them and say hi. Bentley loves to meet new people.
- Admitted to the Washington Bar in 1995;
- Admitted to Federal District Court, Eastern District of Washington in 1999;
- Admitted to the Oregon Bar in 2000; and
- Admitted to Oregon Federal District Court in 2001.
Washington State University, (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, 1992; Phi Kappa Phi; Beta Gamma Sigma) with majors in Accounting and Business Law; Cornell Law School, (Doctor of Law, Cum Laude, 1995; Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure).