Larry McDonough has been a legal services and pro bono civil litigation attorney since 1983. He worked in civil legal services for 30 years, and served as Pro Bono Litigation Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney for seven years. He now serves as Senior Minnesota Counsel with the National Anti-Eviction Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, helping to coordinate eviction defense and tenant protection programs in Minnesota through training and mentoring attorneys and law students and policy advocacy.
He has represented over 10,000 clients, with 250 trials, 1,000 motion hearings, and scores of appellate hearings under his belt. Larry lobbied for and drafted all or part of legislation since 1985, and almost all of the landlord and tenant laws in Minnesota since 1989. He has litigated, co-counsel, and supervised hundreds of trials and motion hearing and scores of appeals since 1983. Larry also created and supervised a number of programs and clinics to provide advice and representation to tenants facing repair problems and court evictions in Hennepin County. SeeAdvocacy: Legislation and Rules, Litigation, Programs and Projects, and Committees, Associations and Volunteering.
He has received many awards over the years, including:
•The 2008 Minnesota Justice Foundation Distinguished Service Award, for making significant contributions to poverty law and public interest work and to ensuring equal justice for all Minnesotans http://www2.mnbar.org/mjf/Mjfintr1.htm;
•The 2004 National Lawyers Guild Minnesota Chapter First Annual Paul Marino People's Lawyer Award, for work as a tenants’ attorney and teacher; and
•Inclusion in the publication, 100 Who Made a Difference, describing 100 graduates over the 100-year history of William Mitchell College of Law