John Montgomery Chairman Emeritus
As Chairman Emeritus, John is senior legal advisor to M&H and its clients. John has practiced corporate law in Silicon Valley since 1984. His experience includes extensive corporate counseling to public and private companies and venture capital firms. He has represented countless clients in connection with venture capital financings, initial public offerings, more than 200 public and private mergers and acquisitions, going private transactions and a variety of other general corporate matters. Prior to founding M&H in 2003 as Montgomery Law Group, John was the co-chairman of the venture capital practice at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, LLP. Earlier in his career, John was an associate corporate attorney at Baker & McKenzie and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and an in-house attorney at The Cooper Companies.
John is also a leading authority on benefit corporations and the legal architecture necessary to support the emerging sustainable business paradigm where corporations strive to be the best for the world and not solely to maximize profits for shareholders. John helps clients customize their legal architecture to support their corporation's heroic purpose and values, and ensure continuity of culture.
John was co-chair of the legal working group behind Assembly Bill 361, which established benefit corporations in California in 2012. Visionary corporations can now incorporate in, or convert to, a new form of corporation, the benefit corporation, that not only optimizes profits for shareholders but also provides a material positive impact on society and the environment. The preliminary economic data indicates that corporations built for the new paradigm with cultures of sustainability out perform their conventional peers. (See, for example: The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance, Robert Eccles, Ioannis Ioannnou and George Serafeim, Harvard Business School Working Paper, November 2011).
John is a frequent speaker on applied consciousness, sustainable business, and benefit corporations at such forums as TEDx, and Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He previously served as a member of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, was a California lawyer of the year in 2012 for his work on California's benefit corporation legislation and is rated AV Preeminent. He is the author of Great from the Start: How Conscious Corporations Attract Success. He is also an accredited executive coach and student of consciousness. John holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Stanford University and a J.D. from Northwestern College of Law, Lewis & Clark College.
John's writing and speaking engagements
- Article: The Benefit Corporation: The Unlikely Hero of a Sustainable Economy? in The Humanist
- Video: John's talk at the European Parliament's Purpose of the Corporation Conference in Brussels
- Course: John's course Benefit Corporations: The Future of Capitalism (California) on SmartPro's Continuing Legal Eduction forum (CLE Version).
- Course: John's course Benefit Corporations: The Future of Capitalism (California) on SmartPro's Continuing Legal Eduction forum (Non-CLE Version).
- Course: John's course Benefit Corporations: The Future of Capitalism (Delaware) on SmartPro's Continuing Legal Eduction forum (Non-CLE Version).