We mournfully announce the passing of Atlanta-based partner Montserrat C. Miller on October 1, 2022, following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was renowned as a trusted adviser to clients and a beloved friend and colleague to all who knew her. Montserrat is remembered as a tenacious advocate and change-maker dedicated to constant improvement in her community and the lives of those around her.
“Montserrat was an incredible attorney and an even better person all-around who will be deeply missed,” said Jonathan E. Eady, managing partner of Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG). “While we are unspeakably saddened by her passing, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to be graced by her presence at AGG for more than 11 years. Her impact on all of us will be felt forever. We send our deepest sympathies to her loving wife, family, and many beloved friends.”
“Montserrat was a unique treasure in every respect,” said Henry M. Perlowski, co-chair of AGG’s Employment practice. “Borrowing from the late John Lewis, she had a good kind of mischief, always managing to light up every room while earning the deep respect and trust of her clients, friends, and colleagues. We all will be brightened by the light of her memory and guided by her daily example of placing others first.”
Montserrat earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from George Mason University before earning her law degree from American University Washington College of Law. She began her distinguished law career in the U.S. Senate as Judiciary Committee Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein and served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In 2011, Montserrat joined AGG in furtherance of her immigration and data privacy practices in Washington, D.C. and formerly served as the D.C. office’s administrative partner. She relocated to AGG’s Atlanta office in 2018.
A known leader within the firm and her industry, Montserrat earned a national reputation as a strong advocate for her clients and for her commitment to protecting the rights of people immigrating to the U.S. She served as co-chair of the firm’s Data Privacy practice and Background Screening industry team and as a member of AGG’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Hiring committees. She was frequently invited to speak on topics related to data privacy and employment background screening. Montserrat was a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and was active with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including work on its Verification & Worksite Enforcement Liaison Committee and Worksite Enforcement Online Course Committee. Montserrat was also a member of the Professional Background Screeners Association and a fluent Spanish speaker. Her service and leadership were nationally recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration. Additionally, Montserrat was named JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice winner for Top Author in Immigration (2019-2021) and Employer Liability Issues (2021).