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About Judge Louis Montesi

Judge Montesi was elected to General Sessions Criminal Court Division 13 in 1990 and re-elected 1998, 2006, and 2014.


  • Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, 1982-1990

  • Assistant City Attorney, City of Memphis, 1977-1982; Chief Prosecutor 1978-1982.

  • J.D., University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1976.

  • B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Memphis, 1973


He is a member of the Memphis Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. He has served as an officer and Vice President of the Leo P. Bearman, Sr. Inns of Court, where he is currently an Emeritus member.


Judge Montesi served on the University of Memphis Law School Alumni Board. He is also a charter member, past president, and current member of the board of directors of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyer’s Guild of West Tennessee. Since 1989, the organization has helped promote ethics and professionalism in the legal system.


Judge Montesi was appointed to and served on the committee of the administrative office of the Tennessee State Supreme Court in drafting the Court’s rules concerning appointment, certification, compensation, ethics, and professional conduct for court-appointed interpreters in Tennessee. For over 25 years, he has organized and presented continuing legal education seminars regarding ethics and professionalism.


He is a member of the alumni board at Christian Brothers High School in addition to being a member of the school’s hall of fame.


Judge Montesi is a life-long Memphian, has been married 35 years, raised three children, and is a current parishioner, communicant, and Eucharistic minister at St. Louis Catholic Church.

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