Jackson Walker Partner Will Montgomery Celebrates Nobel Prize and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Won by CPRIT Scholars


Jackson Walker partner Will S. Montgomery, Presiding Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), congratulates CPRIT scholars Dr. Jim Allison, who won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology, and Dr. Livia Eberlin, who was awarded a MacArthur “genius grant.”

Texas voters established CPRIT in 2007 with $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

CPRIT’s Oversight Committee, chaired by Montgomery since August 2017, accepts applications and awards grants for a wide variety of research and prevention programs by public and private entities.

“I’m proud of the tremendous impact researchers like Dr. Allison and Dr. Eberlin are making in the fight against cancer, thanks in part to grants from CPRIT.”

“I’m proud of the tremendous impact researchers like Dr. Allison and Dr. Eberlin are making in the fight against cancer, thanks in part to grants from CPRIT,” Montgomery said. “CPRIT grants speed up innovations that lead to breakthroughs in prevention and cures.”

An immunologist at MD Anderson, Jim Allison, Ph.D., was awarded the Nobel Prize for launching an effective way to attack cancer by treating the immune system rather than the tumor. Allison is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the world’s most preeminent award for outstanding discoveries in life sciences and medicine.

Livia Eberlin, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry at UT Austin, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship award for leading a research team that developed a pen-sized device to detect cancer in about 10 seconds, helping surgeons remove cancer while preserving healthy tissue.

To learn more about Dr. Allison’s Nobel Prize-winning research, visit the MD Anderson website. To learn more about Dr. Eberlin’s research, read coverage from the Austin American-Statesman.


Meet Will

Litigation partner Will S. Montgomery uses his experience preparing and trying cases to help clients achieve their goals. Having arbitrated and tried over 50 cases in more than 20 states, Will’s experience allows him to quickly evaluate the critical aspects of each case, including witness credibility and the underlying facts and legal theories, to form a plan with the client for resolving the dispute. In his more than 30 years of practice, Will has defended businesses in a wide range of cases, including customer disputes, disputes between firms, and disputes between ex-employees and firms.  He also has significant experience defending businesses in disputes with regulatory agencies.