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Monty Randhawa



Monty is a dedicated and highly skilled criminal defense attorney based in San Diego, California. With a proven track record of success in handling a wide range of felony and misdemeanor cases, Monty has earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for his clients. Specializing in DUI cases, his extensive knowledge and expertise in DUI trials and dispositions have consistently led to favorable outcomes for his clients.

Monty has established himself as a prominent figure in San Diego County's legal community. He has handled numerous complex cases, displaying his unwavering commitment to protecting the rights and liberties of his clients.


Throughout his career, Monty has achieved remarkable results for his clients. He takes pride in his ability to secure dismissals for both felony and misdemeanor matters, showcasing his meticulous attention to detail and strategic approach to defense.

Monty is a former prosecutor who used to be a supervisor in the General Trial Unit of the Criminal Division of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.  During his five years as a prosecutor, Monty has taken numerous cases to trial.  Monty has tried over 25 jury trials in the City of San Diego and has handled thousands of criminal cases during his time as a prosecutor. 

Monty used to work in the following divisions at the City Attorney’s Office: General Trial Unit, Case Issuance Unit, and the Neighborhood Justice Unit. 

Monty also used to be a liaison for the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and worked at the following SDPD divisions: Northern Division, Eastern Division, Traffic Division, Northwestern/Northeastern Division. 


San Diego Defense Bar Accomplishments 


  • 2023 Rising Star Award by Super Lawyers 

  • 2023 Litigator of the Year Award by American Institute of Trial Lawyers  

  • 2022 Clients Choice Award by Avvo 

  • 2023 5 Star Rating by Avvo 


San Diego City Attorney Accomplishments 

  • Employee of the Month 

  • Employee of the Quarter 

  • Acting Supervising Deputy City Attorney 

Law School Accomplishments

  • National Travelling Trial Team Participant 

  • Winner of oral advocacy awards 

  • Nominated and selected for the Gordon & Holmes advocacy award

  • First Place in Legal Skills II Competition 

  • First Place at San Diego Defense Lawyers Association National Trial Competition 

  • First Place at American Association for Justice (“AAJ”) Regional Trial Competition, Los Angeles 

  • Placed in the top 8 in the final national competition AAJ, New Orleans, LA

  • Finalist at Tournament of Champions, National Trial Competition, San Francisco CA 

  • Dean’s Honor List Recipient 

  • Pro Bono Honors Society 

  • South Asian Law Student Association President 

  • CWSL Law School Tutor 

  • CWSL Law School Adjunct Professor 

  • Criminal Justice Concentration with Honors 

  • Clerked for the Honorable Joel R. Wohlfeil  

University Accomplishments 

University of California, Riverside 
B.A. Psychology 
Dean’s Honor List Recipient 5x

Professional Memberships 

State Bar of California, SBN 316276
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice 
San Diego County Bar Association

California DUI Lawyers Association

The Criminal Defense Bar Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego 

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