Regina Montoya, CEO and chairperson of Regina T. Montoya, PLLC in Dallas, focusing on health law, is one of five recipients of the 2020 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Montoya is currently writing a book about the importance of incorporating Latinos into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including health care, poverty, diversity and children. Montoya was vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and chair of the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. Montoya earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638 and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case. In 1648, she formally demanded a vote and voice in the Maryland Assembly, which the governor denied. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession selects the annual awardees.