Martín Montes is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in the Humboldt Park Community by his two amazing immigrant parents, Rigoberto y Guadalupe, who worked tirelessly as migrant farm workers and factory laborers their entire lives. He is a proud graduate of Roberto Clemente H.S., where he received scholarships to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Martín later received a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois—Chicago and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington.
Martín is an active member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (“HLAI”) since the mid-1990’s and served in different leadership and committee roles. He is a twenty-plus year member of the Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”), where he served as an HNBA Regional President and on the HNBA’s Corporate Advisory Board. Through his work and volunteer efforts with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“MALDEF”), Martín actively promotes the protection of Latino civil rights and access to education. He served on the MALDEF National Board from 2009 to 2013. Martín also serves as a board member for Legal Prep Charter Academies and the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund. He is an active alum of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, former Past President of the Latino Alumni Advisory Board and a member of the Maurer School of Law Alumni Board.
Martín is currently Vice President, Large Customer Services (“LCS”) for Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”). He oversees ComEd’s day-to-day strategic outreach to, and interactions with, over 5000 large customers covering 11,000 square miles in the Northern Illinois territory. He leads a department of over 80 team members, which includes the strategic and business operations for ComEd’s Governmental Affairs Department.
Prior to his LCS role, Martín worked as Director, Regulatory Affairs for ComEd where he oversaw ComEd’s day-to-day strategic outreach and interactions with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Martín led a team of specialists engaged in the formulation of regulatory strategies and solutions that advocated ComEd’s business and regulatory interests before the Commission.
Prior to his role at ComEd, Martín worked as Assistant General Counsel for Exelon Corporation’s Legal Department; Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; an associate at two major national law firms concentrating his practice in labor & employment; and served as a law clerk to the Honorable District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the Northern District of Illinois.
Martín speaks regularly on the topics of regulatory strategy, legal department management, anti-corruption, and diversity in the legal field. Martín has received several awards throughout his career for his work and dedication to the legal field and community at large. Martín currently lives in Logan Square and is a proud single full-time father of three sons: Marcus (17), Michael (15) and Samuel (13).