J. Dominic “Dom” Monahan

Of Counsel

Dom’s enthusiastic communication style is a perfect match for a practice involving mass media law. He primarily focuses on broadcasting, including transactional, regulatory work, commercial, corporate, and programming and advertising issues.

An early life on a sheep ranch in Eastern Oregon might seem a surprising beginning for a media law powerhouse, but it speaks to Dom’s practicality and sense of humor. After graduating from Georgtown Law, Dom clerked for Judge Charles J. McLaughlin, United States District Court for the District of Columbia. In 1969 he married Judith Baran and together they raised five children, three of whom are now practicing attorneys. After his clerkship, Dom accepted a position at Dow Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in communications-media law. After 30 years in Washington, D.C., he returned to Oregon in 1993. Dom joined Luvaas Cobb as a partner in 1994 and transitioned to an Of Counsel role in 2015.

With involvement in a wide range of legal matters relating to media, including copyright infringement, trademark, and First Amendment issues, Dom has represented clients before the Federal Communications Commission and in various state and federal courts.

He is admitted to practice in all Oregon state and federal courts, and is also a member of the Oregon State Bar, Lane County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Communications Bar Association and the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

Dom’s leisure pursuits are history reading and writing, “back -breaking” stone masonry, art collecting, gardening and travel “with a particular fondness of Ireland,” as well as mission trips to Mexico with his Dominican friends. Dom is a sports enthusiast with season tickets to the University of Oregon Ducks football games and the NFL Washington Redskins games (the latter of which have somehow ended up in the hands of one of his sons.)


University of Portland, Oregon (B.A. 1967), cum laude
Georgetown Law Center (J.D., 1968)

Civic Involvement

  • Market Day, Washington, DC, co-chairman (1973-1975)
  • Catholic Apostalate of Mass Media, Washington, DC, president (1977-1993; president 1979-1981)
  • Home School Association, Holy Trinity School, Washington, D.C. (1978-1986; president 1978-1979)
  • Archdiocese of Washington, Washington, DC, media advisor to William Cardinal Baum (1978-1980)
  • Washington International School, Washington, DC, mock trial director (1988-1990)
  • Marist High School, mock trial director (1993-1995)
  • Heritage Park Project, Heppner, Oregon, advisor (1999-2003)
  • Eugene Roundtable Club, president (2003)
  • Oregon Bach Festival, board member
  • St. John Bosco House, board member, vice president
  • University of Portland School of Arts & Sciences, advisory committee, member (2008-2009); Chi Rho Lecture Series, board member