Media, Interviews and Profiles

Lawrence Reed McDonough

Attorney at Law


Worked with Kirsten Swanson and Joe Augustine of KSTP-TV in 2018-2020 to develop an investigation and series of reports of police harassment of tenants in St. Louis Park, leading to a community discussion with tenants, landlords, and advocates, and ultimately, repeal of ordinances. See 2018, infra.


          Kirsten Swanson and Joe Augustine, Landlords, Housing Advocates Reflect on Repeal of Controversial Housing Ordinance in St. Louis Park, KSTP-TV, August 18, 2020


          Max Nesterak, St. Louis Park Repeals “Crime-free/drug-free” Law Which Gave Police Power to Evict, Minnesota Reformer, August 18, 2020


          Kirsten Swanson and Joe Augustine, Despite Growing Calls for Repeal, St. Louis Park Has No Plan to Address Controversial Housing Ordinance Exposed by 5 Investigates, KSTP-TV, February 20, 2020


Jim Spencer, If Minnesota Emergency Order Lifts Friday, Flood of Evictions, Foreclosures Will Likely Follow - State's Protections Could End Friday, Fed Order Might Follow, Star Tribune, June 9, 2020 (discussed eviction seminar Larry presented)


Kirsten Swanson and Joe Augustine, As State Pleaded for People to Stay Home, Courts Kept Ordering Evictions in Minnesota, KSTP-TV, March 25, 2020 (provided background)


Marissa Evans, Gov. Walz Announces Halt to Eviction Proceedings amid Coronavirus, Star Tribune, March 24, 2020 (provided background)


FOX 21 KQDS, Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, coverage of the Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota Eviction Defense Seminar, February 24, 2020 (in video)


Tom Tinkham, Perry Wilson, Jon Bye, Jim Long, Dean Eyler and Larry McDonough, Housing: Aid Helps Make Evictions More Fair, Star Tribune, July 18, 2019 (co-authored letter to the editor)


Matthew Schneeman, Fake Children, Real Rent: The Story of MN's Largest Tenant Class Action, KFAI Radio, Originally broadcast June 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

Interviewed at 16:25-18:00, 33:45-34:15, and 44:00-46:45, but the whole show is worth hearing.


Randy Furst, State Supreme Court Decision Expands Rights for Tenants Facing Retaliation, Lawyers Say, Star Tribune, June 12, 2019 (interviewed)


Randy Furst, Minnesota Lawyers' Dedication to Pro Bono Work Has Made the State a National Leader, Star Tribune, May 31, 2019 (mentioned)


Randy Furst, Tenants in Buildings Owned by Minneapolis Landlord Band Together to Stop Water Cutoff - Residents in Buildings Owned by Embattled Landlord Raised $7,400, Star Tribune, March 27, 2019 (comments)


Worked with Kirsten Swanson and Joe Augustine of KSTP-TV to develop an investigation and series of reports of police harassment of tenants in St. Louis Park


          November 20, 2018 10:26 PM


          November 21, 2018 10:22 PM


          December 10, 2018 09:48 PM


          December 10, 2018 10:40 PM


          December 14, 2018 06:16 PM


          December 17, 2018 07:06 AM


          December 18, 2018 12:00 AM


          February 21, 2019 06:08 PM

Randy Furst, Minneapolis Buys Nine Properties to House Displaced Tenants, Star Tribune, September 24, 2018 (comments)


Patrick Rehkamp, Larry McDonough: Pro Bono Attorney by Day, Piano Player by Night, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, April 5, 2018 (interview)


Michelle Bruch, Mediators Tackle Fast-paced Evictions, Southwest Journal, April 3, 2018 (interview)


Randy Furst, A Corporate Lawyer in Minneapolis Fights for Low-income Tenants -

Michael Cockson Goes after Problem Landlords, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 1, 2018(comments)


Randy Furst, In Unprecedented Move, Minneapolis Seeks an Administrator for 23 Apartment Buildings Housing 1,200 Tenants, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 22, 2017 (comments)


Randy Furst, Court Appoints Administrator for 43 Buildings Owned by Minneapolis Landlord, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 18, 2017 (comments)


Jean Hopfensperger, Obituary: Charlie Warner was 'heart and soul' of Minnesota's affordable housing efforts, Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 26, 2017 (comments)


Randy Furst, Minneapolis Denies Rental Licenses for 16 Apartment Buildings, Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 8, 2017 (comments)


Max Nesterak, Judge certifies class-action lawsuit against one of Minneapolis' biggest landlords, Minnesota Public Radio, August 21, 2017 (comments)


Randy Furst, Administrator Appointed to Oversee Some of Embattled Minneapolis Landlord's Properties, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 27, 2017 (comments)


Walter F. Mondale with Linda A. Klein, Don't Turn Our Backs on Justice for All: the White House Wants to Defund Legal Aid Services That Help Millions of Americans. That Would Be Costly — and Wrong, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 7, 2017 (edited)


Randy Furst, Controversial Minneapolis Landlord Ordered to Jail for Contempt of Court, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 17, 2017 (comments)


Randy Furst, Minneapolis Landlord Hit with Largest Fine in Housing Court History, Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 3, 2017 (comments)


Tracy Mumford, Judge's Ruling a Blow to Residents Hoping to Buy, Save Their Mobile Home Park, Minnesota Public Radio, September 23, 2016 (interview)


Nick Hanson, 24-Hour Lawyer: Larry McDonough, Hennepin Lawyer, January/February 2016 (interview)


Alejandra Matos, 'Creative' Homeless Solution Runs up Against Minneapolis City Code, Star Tribune, August 1, 2014 (interview)


Andrea Canter, Jazz Face: Larry McDonough Pleads the Case for 7/4, Jazz Ink


Alexis Pope, In Tenants’ Defense: Laws in Minnesota and Missouri Offer Greater Tenant Protection, Chicago Reporter, September/October 2011 (interview)


Baird Helgeson, Galen Robinson vs. The Governor, Star Tribune, Mar. 14, 2010 (brief interview)


Frederick Melo, Dakota County Housing Crackdown Sweeps Up The Guilty And The Innocent - Agency Under Fire For Its Aggressive Pursuit Of Rule-Breakers, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 30, 2009, at A1. (interview)


You Don’t Have to Own a Home to be Hurt by Foreclosure, Toward Justice (Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Fall 2008), (interview)


Housing Court, Meet Your Court, Episode No. 147, Metro Cable Network September 2007 (moderated panel discussion)


Becky Levine, Hugh Calkins & Allison McDermott, 10 Years on the Web in Legal Services, MIE Journal (Summer 2006), (profile)


Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Annual Report (2006) (profile)


Britt Robson, Twisted Familiar: The Odd Times of Larry McDonough, City Pages, Nov. 23, 2005 (profile)


Martha Delaney & Scott Russell, Working with Pro Bono Clients, 62 Bench and Bar of Minnesota (Aug. 2005), (interview)


Arnold Stead, Hamline-Midway "Music Man" a Renaissance Kind of Guy, Midway Como Monitor, Feb. 2002 (profile)


Amy Lindgren, Lawrence R. McDonough '83, Called Minnesota's Housing Law Leader, 100 Who Made Difference (William Mitchell College of Law 2001) (profile)


Eric Johnson, A Professor of Note, The Minnesota Daily, Jan. 2001 (profile)


NewsNight Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Television, Feb. 3 and Oct. 4, 2000 (interview)


Hearsay, Law & Politics, at 45 (June/July 2000) (mentioned)


Amy Gage, Dads Are Breaking Barriers, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Mar. 12, 2000 (profile)


Tom Surowicz, Listen Up, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Feb. 27, 2000 (review)


Doug Grow, Legal Aid Lawyer Moonlights with His Own CD, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 17, 2000, at 3B (profile)


Doug Grow, Housing Agency Wins, and Woman Loses Home; Despite Pleas for Mercy, Tenant Whose Son Was Involved in Shooting Faces Eviction, Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 16, 1999, at 3B (interview)


Doug Grow, Court Leaves No Room to Temper Lease Terms; Housing Authority Says Eviction Wasn't Personal, but Try Telling That to Mai Lor, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 12, 1999, at 3B (interview)


Amy Gage, On Balance: A New Way to Manage Work and Life, Center for Ethical Business Cultures (March 6, 1998), (profile)


Annie Discher, What Is Good Neighborhood Business, Southwest Journal, Aug. 14-27, 1996, at 1 (interview)


Peter Leyden, Study Spurs Changes in Hennepin Housing Court to Help Tenants, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 2, 1994, at 1B(interview)


Doug Grow, City Hall Feeling less than Liberal about Legal Aid Suits, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 18, 1992, at 3B (interview)


Steve Perry, The New Drug War, City Pages, Dec. 9, 1992, at 4 (interview)


Doug Grow, Boarding up a Building Solves - and Creates - Problems, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 1992, at 3B (interview)


Kevin Duchscher, Minorities, Poor to Be Hurt by Wide 35w, Panel Told, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 6, 1992, at 1B


Doug Grow, Late-rent Policy Puts 67-year-old on Street, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jan. 5, 1992, at 1A (interview)


Bob Eleff, Arcola Renters Are Due Refunds, The Surveyor, April 1991, at 1 (interview)


Rob Hotakainen, Housing Called Casualty of Drug War, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 19, 1990, at 1B (interview)


Doug Grow, The Little People Decide Push Has Come to Shove, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar. 15, 1990, at 1B (interview)