Meet Our New Attorneys

MBLB is pleased to announce that Matthew Montoya and Derek O’ Connor have joined the firm as associate attorneys.

Matthew MontoyaMatthew T. Montoya, Associate

Matthew’s practice focuses on the defense of employers and national insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Matthew is also well versed in insurance coverage disputes and workers’ compensation subrogation and recovery. Prior to joining MBLB, he handled claims and developed relationships in the insurance industry. This unique insight into the claims process has shaped his approach in aggressively defending claims for his clients. “Availability to my clients throughout the entire claims process is what I pride myself on. My experience allows me to address the needs of my clients while also keeping in mind the need to quickly resolve claims with positive results and limiting costs.” More>>

Derek W. O’Connor AttorneyDerek W. O’Connor, Associate

Derek’s practice areas include the defense of employers and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and War Hazards Compensation Act. He has the distinction of having worked as a judicial extern for The Honorable Carl J. Barbier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. With an undergraduate degree in business and economics, Derek understands the importance of developing cost-effective solutions for his clients’ issues. “The key to productive relationships with clients is to truly understand the industries in which they operate. I enjoy working hand in hand with my clients to ensure that our work is tailored to their specific needs.” More>>