Arthur Monty M. Ahalt

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Arthur Monty M. Ahalt
Judge for the Circuit Court of Prince George's County
In office
February 9, 1982 – September 17, 1999
Appointed byHarry R. Hughes
Preceded bySamuel W. H. Meloy
Personal details
Arthur Montraville Monty Ahalt

(1942-04-27) April 27, 1942 (age 81)
Washington, D.C.[1]
EducationUniversity of Maryland (BS)
American University (JD)

Arthur Montraville Monty Ahalt[2] (born April 27, 1942)[3] is an American jurist, and a lifelong resident of Maryland.[4] He served as Circuit Court Judge for Prince George's County, and is an internationally recognized advocate of technological solutions for the judicial and legal community.[5] Judge Ahalt has pioneered advances in case management software and online dispute resolution, and is the founder and chief executive officer of


Judge Ahalt received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland in 1964 and his Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law of the American University in 1967.[3] He was a Law Clerk for Blair H. Smith, Esquire, Ralph W. Powers and J. Dudley Digges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.[4]

Mediation career[edit]

Upon his retirement in 1999 Judge Ahalt commenced a career as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Technology Innovator. In addition to his private mediation practice Judge Ahalt is currently recalled by order of the Court of Appeals of Maryland to sit on specially assigned cases and conduct pre-trial, settlement conferences and ADR sessions. Judge Ahalt has been certified as a mediator by all of the Courts of Maryland. He has also been certified to mediate Medical Malpractice Disputes by the statewide Medical Malpractice panel and the statewide panel for Complex Business and Technology disputes. Judge Ahalt has successfully mediated tens of thousands disputes in areas including complex business transactions, construction, personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate, landlord and tenant, and contracts.[6] He is frequently called upon by the parties and judges to mediate the most challenging judicial controversies involving post trial and appellate issues. He brings his 45 years of experience in the trial arena to benefit the parties assisting them in evaluating and mitigating risk. His efforts of tracking, analysing and publishing jury verdicts provide the litigants with real life examples of risk application.

Judicial career[edit]

After 15 years of private practice as a litigator, Judge Ahalt was appointed to the Circuit Court for Prince George's County on February 9, 1982.[7] His appointment was confirmed in November 1984 by election to a 15-year term. During this time Judge Ahalt tried over 750 jury trials, and eventuated the jury value of over 20,000 injuries as a neutral case evaluator for litigants in the Court's settlement practice.[8] Judge Ahalt also served as President of the Prince George's County Bar Association,[7] and chaired the Youth and Law Committee for the Maryland Bar Association until his retirement.[9] His achievements in improving law related-education were recognized by the American Bar Association honoring him with the "Isidore Starr Award", which is the association's highest honor for law-related education.[10]

Technology Advocate[edit]

Judge Ahalt also served as Chief Industry Advisor for LexisNexis CourtLink,[11] and as Chairman of the Circuit Court's Technology committee, which implemented JusticeLink.[12] This represented the first comprehensive effort nationally to file pleadings electronically, and to organize the Court's information electronically so as to make it available to the public online.[13] Judge Ahalt is on the faculty of the Institute for Court Management,[9] and has lectured extensively on the need for technology to find a wider acceptance in the legal community. He has made presentations to the Conference of Chief Justices, The Conference of State Court Administrators, CTC6 the Technology Conference sponsored by the National Center for State Courts as well as the Tech shows of The American Bar Association, The Maryland Bar Association, and the Connecticut Bar Association.[9]

Judge Ahalt is also founder and CEO of, an online dispute resolution service that allows parties to choose a provider of ADR services to settle their dispute online.[14] The site has settled over 1000 cases,[15] and in 2009, it received the American Bar Association's Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access for minimizing "the need and cost of unnecessary face-to-face meetings, mailing and copying" during the ADR process.[16] In 2012, entered into partnerships with the video-conferencing provider IOCOM[17] as well as with Auburn University.[18]


  1. ^ ARTHUR M. (MONTY) AHALT, Associate Judge, Prince George's County Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, 1982 to September 17, 1999. Retired September 17, 1999
  2. ^ Who's Who, Marquis (December 1996). Who's Who of American Women 1997-1998. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. ISBN 9780837904221.
  3. ^ a b "Circuit Court Biographies - Arthur M. Monty Ahalt" (PDF). 1996–1997. Archived (PDF) from the original on 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Profile of Excellence". Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  5. ^ "A Guide to Model Rules for Electronic Filing and Service" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 14, 2009. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "Prince George's County, Maryland Jury Verdicts". Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  7. ^ a b "Arthur M. Monty Ahalt, Maryland Circuit Court Judge". Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  8. ^ "National Arbitration Forum". 2014-06-08. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  9. ^ a b c "Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt ( Ret.)". Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  10. ^ "ADR Systems of America - Ahalt, Arthur Profile". Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  11. ^ "CEU Article - Electronic Filing of Court Documents: A Help or Hindrance for the Court Reporter? - Certification & Training". NCRA. 2011-09-22. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  12. ^ "Electronic Filing". Archived from the original on December 28, 2005. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  13. ^ "Observe 12" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  14. ^[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Web Surfers Seek Justice Online". 2008-02-20. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  16. ^ "Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access | Division for Legal Services". 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  17. ^ "Law Technology News". 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  18. ^ "Global mediation developments, resources and news". Mediation World. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2014-08-06.

External links[edit]

  • "A Guide to Model Rules for Electronic Filing and Service", LexisNexis File&Serve (2003) [1]
  • "Remaking the Courts and Law Firms of the Nation: Industrial Age to the Information Age", 31 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1151 (2000) [2]
  • "What You Should Know About Online Dispute Resolution", The Practical Litigator (March 2009) [3] Archived 2011-12-10 at the Wayback Machine
  • "Secrets to Winning your Case in Court" [4]
  • "Judges' View of Electronic Filing" [5]
  • "Profile of Excellence: Judge Arthur M. Monty Ahalt" by Toni E. Clarke [6]
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  • Judge Ahalt's personal site [8]