Chris Montoya

W. Chris Montoya, Esq.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Phone: (267) 872-5423

As Founder and Managing Partner of Montoya Shaffer, Attorney W. Chris Montoya brings a strong background and wide-ranging experience that makes him one of Philadelphia’s most respected litigators in criminal and civil matters. He brings a strong commitment and understanding of his client’s needs and has a long track record of success in defending his clientele.

Mr. Montoya lives up to the his firm’s motto “Refuse to Lose” and believes that sometimes the best results and the best interest of his client is to battle their cases from start to finish to ensure his client’s needs and rights are fulfilled and protected. Mr. Montoya continues to represent adults and juveniles accused of major felony and misdemeanor crimes in jury and bench trials in both State and Federal Courts. He is a practicing member in good standing with courts in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Montoya’s inexhaustible dedication to his clients comes from working hard his entire life. Born to humble beginnings in a small rural town in Southwest New Mexico he worked hard all his life. At a young age he worked in scorching sun during the summer months harvesting onions to earn a meager wage. From cultivating crop fields, loading bales of hay on trucks, and other forms of hard labor promoted his work ethic. As he grew older his work ethic continued as he progressed to work in a small store after school. But one thing that never took a backseat was his strong belief in family as he helped his parents at home. His early life experiences have taught him how hard it is to earn a living and his modest beginnings instilled discipline, commitment and stability that he injects into his legal practice and applies in defending his clients. Upon graduating high school, he served his country distinctly during the Vietnam conflict when he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. Not wanting to stop serving his Country, he joined the New Mexico Army National Guard serving 18 years and rising through the enlisted ranks to the grade of Major while raising his family and earning his Bachelors Degree from Troy State University. Serving in the military has inspired in him a deep appreciation for the individual rights he now fights to protect.

Deciding to fulfill a lifelong goal of becoming a lawyer, Mr. Montoya graduated and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He firmly believes that to be the best advocate, a lawyer should spend as much time helping his client outside as he does inside the courtroom. A former member of one of this Country’s most distinguished public defenders, he spent four years defending indigent clients in Philadelphia. After many years of battling in the courtroom he is a very seasoned and experienced attorney who is well respected among his peers and Judges of the Municipal Court and the Court of Common Pleas. As one prominent Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge noted “during his time before this court he has demonstrated an astute knowledge of Pennsylvania criminal law as well as a clear understanding of both Rules of Evidence and Procedure. However the thing that impresses me the most is his outstanding litigation skills that serve his clients well. Chris is always well prepared for trial and quick on his feet with sensible reaction when the dynamics of the trial quickly change. And he is quite organized that leads to more than adequate trial preparation and strategy.” Unlike other lawyers who have never set foot in a courtroom, Mr. Montoya’s brings extensive experience to the table that allows him to fight for his clients in any court and will not succumb to pressure. You can be assured that Mr. Montoya will battle for you in court.

So if you or a loved one comes to a crossroad where you need a disciplined and seasoned attorney, contact W. Chris Montoya to discuss and handle your criminal and general litigation cases in both State and Federal Courts. He can be reached directly at (267) 872-5423 or by email

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