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AG Cooper names new head of Criminal Division

Release date: 2/28/2014

Raleigh:  Attorney General Roy Cooper has appointed a new Senior Deputy Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Robert Montgomery, age 51, will assume his new post effective Monday.  Montgomery will oversee the division of the Attorney General’s Office that handles all criminal appeals in state and federal courts, provides legal advice and representation to state law enforcement agencies and state prisons, and prosecutes criminal cases upon the request of local District Attorneys.

“Our office handles some of the state’s most challenging criminal cases at the trial court level, and all criminal cases upon appeal,” Cooper said.  “Robert is an expert in criminal law and the appeals process and we’re fortunate to have someone with his depth of knowledge and experience serving the people of North Carolina.”

Montgomery first joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1999.  Since 2005, he has headed the Criminal Appellate section which represents the state in criminal convictions that have been appealed.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he worked in the Office of Staff Counsel to the N.C. Court of Appeals.

Montgomery holds Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He teaches as an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law and taught previously at UNC’s School of Law.

He will succeed Bill Hart, who retired as head of the Criminal Division last year, and James Coman, who retired as head of the Law Enforcement and Prosecutions Division this year.  The two divisions are being merged into a larger Criminal Division where Montgomery will oversee a staff of 60 attorneys, plus support personnel.

A native of Charlotte, Montgomery lives in Raleigh with his wife and son.

Media contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413