After graduating from Washington State University in 1992, where he majored in accounting and business law, Monte attended Cornell Law School. After graduating with a Doctor of Law in 1995, Monte moved to Walla Walla where he began practicing in the areas of civil litigation (including personal injury), real estate, business, estate planning, and probate with Minnick Hayner. He joined Hess Law Office in 2001 where he practiced exclusively in the personal injury field. In 2006, he and Debi Toews opened their present office and continue to practice exclusively in the personal injury field. Debi retired on December 30, 2016.
Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1970, Monte has been an avid cyclist/triathlete for many years. He has periodically acted in plays at the Little Theater of Walla Walla and is formerly a member of the Little Theater board of directors. He is also a former member of the Walla Walla Downtown Foundation board of directors, as well as the organizing committee for the Tour of Walla Walla.