J. Dominic “Dom” Monahan


With over 46 years of practice under his belt, Dom retired in the fall of 2015. The firm continues to represent many of his long-standing clients with their broadcasting and mass media matters, 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 the practicality and sense of humor Dom brought to his practice. 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 was a tremendous asset to the firm and his clients before his retirement in the fall of 2015.

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


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