Since his childhood, Jackson Montgomery had always felt inadequate compared
to his brother, Travis Montgomery. He had left his home in Charlotte,
North Caroline early on to make his own name away from Travis. Jackson
became a successful attorney with a equally prevalent reputation of being
Jackson Montgomery took a break from his life as a public defender to
work full time on Travis’ senate campaign. Unfortunately, he saw
the campaign as his meal ticket, and began mismanaging his funds to fuel
his lavish lifestyle. When the truth of the matter came out, Travis was
forced to resign.
Jackson arrived in Pine Valley after Travis married the mother of his
child, Erica Kane. Erica was an incorrigible and selfish woman. Jackson
thought Travis deserved her. Even though they could not be in the same
room with each other without fighting, Jackson began to be drawn to Erica.
Jack betrayed Travis again when he teamed up with Adam Chandler in his
bid to buy out Travis’ company.
1989: Brooke English hired Jackson when she decided to
divorce Adam. Jack used his knowledge from working with Adam to get Brooke
half his fortune, and a sizeable portion for himself.
Travis’ amnesia caused him to think he was still married to Barbara.
Erica turned to Jack with her concerns. The animosity they once shared
turned to passion. They began an affair.
Jackson proposed to Erica. Erica had been hesitant to set a date for the
wedding date until she could explain to Bianca the situation. But, that
had to be postponed when Bianca fell ill with Reyes Syndrome. It was the
sight of her parents happily together that helped her recover. Jackson
gave Erica an ultimatum: it was either Travis or him.
Travis asked Erica to remarry him for Bianca’s sake. Needing to
put her child first, Erica revealed the devastating news to Jackson. On
the day Erica and Travis were to remarry, Jackson arrived at the chapel
to object. Erica pleaded with Jackson to just let her go.
But Erica and Jackson could not stay apart for very long. When Erica learned
that Travis had been unfaithful with Barbara, Erica turned to Jackson
again. Their affair was as passionate as ever.
Bianca discovered Jackson and Erica’s affair. Travis used the affair
as the basis for his custody suit. Erica begged Jackson to say that the
night Bianca caught them was the first night they were together. Jack
could not afford to perjure himself on the stand, lest he risk his career
as a trial lawyer. But, Erica could not understand Jack’s situation.
Jack admitted in open court to the affair. Erica blamed her loosing custody
of Bianca on Jack.
Jack became romantically entangled with a very pregnant Brooke. They were
coming back from a night on the town when a drunken Arlene Vaughan came
crashing into his car. Jack was unconscious as the trauma caused Brooke
to go into labor. Jamie Martin was born that night at the accident site.
Jackson was weary of new Pine Valley resident Dimitri Marick. When Brooke
did not was to investigate the matter any further, Jackson went on his
own hunt. Jackson was one of the first people to learn of the existence
of Dimitri’s comatose wife, Angelique Voynitzeva. Long thought to
be dead, she was very much alive. Jackson befriended Angelique as she
worried about the end of her marriage thanks to Dimitri's blossoming romance
Jackson became enchanted with a woman named Laurel Banning. Laurel became
an outcast in Pine Valley when it was revealed that she had embezzled
money from the Mason Foundation. Laurel had done this to keep her autistic
daughter, Lily Benton, in a special school. Jackson had also found out
Laurel was only on of her many identities. Laurel was really named Carla
Benton. She changed her name in hopes of eluding her abusive ex-husband.
One night, Jackson found Laurel standing over a dead body. It was her
ex-husband, Denny Benton. Jackson helped Laurel dispose of Denny’s
body. They went on the run until they could prove that Laurel was acting
in self-defense. For Jackson’s role in Laurel’s crime, his
license to practice law was temporarily suspended. But, Jackson was now
in love. He married Laurel and adopted Lily.
Jackson and Laurel's marriage suffered greatly because of Jackson’s
devotion to his job. He was busy defending Erica for allegedly trying
to murder her newest husband, Dimitri Marick. Laurel had grown suspicious
of Trevor’s new girlfriend Jane Cox and wanted Jackson to help her
Laurel found out that Jane was none other than Janet Green. Laurel got
in a car accident that left her paralyzed. Janet had sabotaged her breaks.
At the hospital, she revealed to Jackson her findings. Jackson rushed
to Trevor with the news. He brought the evidence to Trevor moments before
he was about to saw his vows to marry Janet.
The tension in their marriage caused Jackson to stray. He had a one-night
stand with Erica. When he admitted the affair to Laurel, they decided
on a divorce.
1995: Jackson teamed up with Belinda Keefer to defend
her brother, Noah Keefer, when he was accused of murdering rapist Louie
Greco. For his role in the high profile case, Jackson was appointed District
Jackson was forced with the difficult task of telling Lily about Laurel’s
death at the hands of Jason Sheffield.
1997: Jackson played mediator between Travis and Erica
when Bianca was diagnosed with anorexia. Travis wanted to keep Bianca
away from Pine Valley because of all of the antics Erica had found herself
in over the last year. Jackson was defending Erica after she was sent
to prison for kidnapping Madelyn Grey. Erica was first to notice that
Bianca was ill. She was not eating. Together, the Montgomerys staged an
intervention in hopes of convincing Bianca to find help for her eating
disorder. The ordeal brought Jackson and Erica together again.
Jackson and Erica’s current engagement met a hitch when Erica’s
former lover, Mike Roy, came back from the dead. He had spent the last
decade undercover as a secret agent. Erica assured Jackson she was going
to tell Mike it was over. Jackson learned that Erica had slept with Mike
again. Jackson told her their chances together were over.
A stranger named Kit Fisher came to Pine Valley in search of Jackson.
Jackson wanted to know what business she had with him. Kit claimed to
be Christine Montgomery, Jackson’s late sister. Jackson refused
to believe her. As a teenager, he watched helplessly as Christine drowned
in a boating accident in North Carolina. The incident had estranged him
from his family. Kit agreed to a DNA test, but Jackson was not ready to
confront the traumas of his past.
Jackson’s investigation into Kit’s past proved her claims.
Kit was Christine. Jackson made it his mission to convict whomever had
raped her. He made his battle against Ryan Lavery personal. Jackson would
have got his conviction if Braden Lavery, Ryan’s brother, did not
admit that he had slept with Kit the night of the rape. Because of Kit’s
wrong identification, Jackson did not have enough evidence to indict Braden.
He decided to take a leave of absence as District Attorney.
Travis invited Kit to spend time with him in Seattle. Jackson said goodbye
to the sister he was only getting to know again.
Jack had the hard role of revealing to Erica and Bianca that Travis died
of a sudden stroke. Jack was unaware of the extent of difficulties Bianca
was going through in her life. She revealed to Erica that she was a lesbian.
Erica had a hard time coming to terms with Bianca’s sexual orientation.
Bianca turned to Jackson for the support her mother could not offer her.
2001: Jackson was forced to prosecute Erica for the murder
of Frankie Stone, Bianca’s new girlfriend.
2002: Jackson found himself at odds with new Police Chief
Anna Hayward. Anna’s husband, Dr. David Hayward, and his family
were under investigation for multiple crimes in Pine Valley including
the Proteus drug scandal.
Jack sunk into depression after visiting Lily at her school. Lily had
fallen ill and there was nothing Jack could do to help her. Erica found
out and wanted to support Jack. But the couple could not ignore their
latent attraction. After a one-night stand, Erica made Jack promise to
keep her silence to protect her new fiancée, Chris.
When Chris found out, he broke up with Erica. Evan Flanders misinterpreted
Chris’ venting as an order to kill Jack. Jack was shot at SOS. Though
the doctors were able to treat the original injury, Jack body went into
shock a few weeks later. He needed a blood transfusion to survive. Greenlee
duPres, the daughter of his old friend Mary Smythe, proved to be the only
viable donor in Pine Valley.
took in Reggie Porter after his foster guardian, Trey Shepherd, went to
prison for the Linden House arson. Jack had offered Reggie leniency on
his larceny charge for evidence incriminating Trey. At first, Reggie was
not too happy to have the District Attorney as his new guardian. But,
Jack began to really care for Reggie. Jack asked Reggie if he could adopt
him as his son.
Erica and Jack could deny their feelings no longer and made plans to marry.
All seemed to be going smoothly until the day of the wedding. Greenlee
stormed the chapel with startling news: she was his daughter.
Mary and Jack had a summer fling before college. Mary did not know Jack
came from a good family, because he was still estranged from the Montgomerys
after Kit’s supposed death. Greenlee also revealed that Erica had
known the truth all along, and had blackmailed Mary to keep silent.
More devastating news came out when Bianca revealed Michael Cambias had
raped her. Jack could not piece together a case as Bianca had burned any
physical evidence of the rape. When Michael was found dead, Jack began
to run interference to protect his family, many of whom were considered
suspects in the investigation.
Bianca confided in Jack that she was pregnant with Michael’s child.
She was not ready to tell Erica because she had never really dealt with
her own rape, or Kendall Hart, the child she had as a result. Bianca also
realized she had killed Michael. With everything out in the open, Erica
began to spiral out of control. She turned to alcohol to deal with her
Bianca’s baby, Miranda Montgomery, died when the helicopter they
were rescued in crashed. Bianca lashed out at her mother, and drove Erica
out of town.
Jack had asked Livia to defend Kendall in the Michael Cambias murder trial.
Little did he know, Reggie was harboring her runaway niece, Danielle Frye,
in his apartment.
Lily asked Jack to be mainstreamed into public high school. Jack reluctantly
agreed, and she moved in with him. One night, Erica arrived at the apartment
looking for Jack, drunk. In her lucid state, she startled Lily and sent
her into a panic. It was the last draw for Jackson. He staged an intervention
to save the woman he loved. Erica’s alcoholism stemmed from her
never dealing with her own rape when she was 14. Erica revealed her father
had traded her to an actor named Richard Fields so that he would star
in his next movie. Admitting the truth was the first step Erica needed
to deal with Bianca’s rape, and accept Kendall as her daughter.
Erica came out of rehabilitation, Jackson proposed to her again. The same
night, they learned that Miranda was alive. She had been switched at birth
with Babe and JR Chandler’s son. Jackson accompanied Erica to confront
the Chandlers. Bianca was in a coma after falling off a terrace while
confronting JR about Miranda. Erica and Jack successfully convinced JR
to give them Miranda. Erica brought Miranda to Bianca hoping her presence
would give her the will to fight. On Christmas Eve, Bianca awoke with
Miranda in her arms
Jack almost lost his children to Jonathan Lavery’s terror. Jonathan
was poisoning Greenlee. He kidnapped Lily after learning she had witnessed
him murder Edmund Grey. After Jonathan seemingly died in a cave explosion,
Jack put all his animosity over the Lavery brothers on Ryan.
Jack and Erica’s relationship became estranged over their opposite
views on Greenlee and Ryan. Erica called off their wedding.
Jack was not about to give up after they had gotten so far together. He
kidnapped her in a yacht. They made their way to Boca Raton, where all
their children were waiting for them.
But even after marrying, their issues remained unresolved. Ryan returned
to Pine Valley with Jonathan. Jonathan had undergone brain surgery to
remove a behavior altering tumor that caused him to commit his crimes.
Kendall revealed she was pregnant with Ryan’s child, Greenlee skipped
town. She had Jack file the paperwork for her divorce from Ryan.
Jack worried about Lily’s blossoming relationship with Jonathan.
When he caught them together at the Mardi Gras Ball, Jack decided to send
Lily back to Boarding School. Lily ran away to New York City, and eloped
Jack wanted to prove Lily was incompetent in court to annul the marriage.
Jonathan saw how traumatic the situation was. He reveled to Jack that
he was no longer of a child-like state of mind. He agreed to reveal himself
to Lily, if Jack dropped his suit.
Bianca returned to Pine Valley and moved in with Jack. Jack also gained
guardianship of his nephew, Sean Montgomery. Sean told Jack about how
Barbara had been having problems since Travis’ death. She was now
gallivanting about Europe, leaving Sean alone in Seattle.
Erica learned Josh Madden was her son from her first marriage to Dr. Jeff
Martin. Jeff came back to Pine Valley to be with his son. Erica moved
out of their home and into the Valley Inn where Jeff was also staying.
Jackson turned to old friend Brooke for support. Erica misconstrued their
friendship for an affair.
When Jack found out about Erica and Jeff’s night together, he retaliated
by sleeping with Barbara. Eric and Jack began their divorce proceedings.
Erica convinced Jack to star in her new reality show, documenting their
divorce. The close quarters of the show actually pulled the couple back
together. Behind the camera’s, they had reunited. Erica did not
want to loose out on her contract, and made Jack to keep up the charade.
Jack worried about Lily and her relationship with Ava Benton, Denny’s
wayward daughter. Adam hired Ava to plant drugs on Sean, so as to have
him arrested and kept away from his daughter, Colby Chandler. Jack kicked
Ava out of the house for bringing drugs into his home.
Greenlee returned to Pine Valley determined to reclaim the life she had
lost. Her desire to reunite with Ryan and claim custody of Spike further
estranged Erica and Jackson. On the day their divorce was to be finalized
and their ruse revealed, Greenlee and Spike got in a car accident. Greenlee
had tried to run away with Spike. The accident left Spike deaf. Unable
to come to term with the crisis, Erica and Jackson’s went through
with their divorce.
Erica was determined to enact revenge on Greenlee for hurting Kendall
and Spike. She falsified Mary’s signature to have Greenlee institutionalized.
Before Jackson could confront Erica, Greenlee went missing. She was one
on the run for a supposed second attempt to kidnap Spike. Kendall admitted
she had framed Greenlee. Greenlee and Zach had been trapped in an abandoned
bomb shelter by sociopath Richie Novak. Kendall and Aidan found them,
and father and daughter were reunited in time for the holidays.
Jack overheard Aidan and Kendall in an argument. He learned they had slept
with each other while searching for Greenlee and Zach. Jackson agreed
to let Aidan find a way to tell Greenlee about his infidelity. When Jackson
ran into an obviously upset Greenlee at the Hubbard wedding, Jack reached
out to his daughter believing she had learned the truth. He was wrong.
Jack stood by Erica as she faced charges for insider trading. US Attorney
Samuel Woods had targeted Erica to show his tough stance against celebrities
committing crime. While in prison, Erica befriended Carmen Morales. Erica
became convinced that Carmen was framed for the robbery she was spending
time in prison for. When the women went on the run to exonerate Carmen,
Jack followed them. Jack agreed to defend Carmen, and eventually got her
released from prison.
When Erica was too released from prison, Jack was surprised to find Erica
spending time with Sam. Jack turned his attention to Carmen, whom he had
began to share a mild flirtation. Jack and Carmen’s relationship
estranged both of them from Erica. After Sam left for the campaign trail,
Erica attempted to make Jack jealous by spending time Adam.