Lawrence R. McDonough

Pro Bono Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP


  • University of Minnesota, B.S.
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

Larry McDonough was a legal services housing litigation attorney for 30 years until June 2013 when he joined Dorsey and Whitney as the Pro Bono Litigation Counsel. He has represented thousands of clients and litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal district courts and state appellate courts, and contributed to almost all of the landlord and tenant statutes enacted since 1986. 

McDonough co-founded Minnesota's Annual Housing Law Institute and authored Residential Eviction Defense in Minnesota through many editions, and has written many journal articles on landlord and tenant law. He also has taught at all of the law schools in the Twin Cities, and regularly presents at seminars both in the state and around the country. McDonough's complete bio along with a list of publications, presentations, litigation, legislation, media appearances, and awards is posted at the Poverty Law website.

Poverty Law: Housing and Government Benefits Law