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R. Latane Montague

Partner
Washington, D.C.

R. Latane Montague

Latane Montague is one of the automotive industry's most experienced and successful regulatory lawyers.

Latane's practice focuses on both safety and environmental regulation of light and heavy-duty highway vehicles, non-road vehicles and equipment, and related components. He has represented the world's leading automotive companies in nearly all the highest-stake safety and emissions crises to face the industry over the last 20 years, including: SUV rollover investigations, sudden acceleration defects, Fuel Economy mislabeling investigations and enforcement, the Takata Airbag crisis, inadvertent airbag deployment investigations, "Dieselgate," and nearly every other high-stakes regulatory and compliance issue in between.

Latane has also represented the world's leading automakers and suppliers in every major rulemaking that the U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has undertaken for the auto industry over the last two decades, including: TREAD Act implementation, Corporate Average Fuel Economy Regulation, heavy and light-duty Greenhouse Gas Rulemakings, and the Tier II and Tier III criteria regulations.

Latane brings a deep understanding of highly technical automotive engineering issues to every matter he handles, and combines that technical background, with a deep knowledge of the related laws and regulations. He solves problems for his clients across all aspect of their business, at all levels, and is as effective on test tracks and in engineering development labs as he is in the corporate boardroom.

Clients appreciate his unique ability to explain complex technical issues in simple terms to industry leaders and government policy makers and investigators. Latane has strong and long-standing relationships with the EPA and NHTSA regulators who enforce and develop the rules, regulations, and policies that impact his clients. Latane is respected by industry and regulators alike for his ability to cut quickly through to the critical technical and legal issues. He uses that insight to create innovative compliance strategies for high-stakes issues, and solve the most complex problems at the interface between law and engineering quickly and efficiently for his clients.

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Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1992

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
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