Jon W. Monson

Jon W. Monson



Practice Areas


University of California, Davis, B.A., 2001

Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 2004

- High Honors

- Order of the Coif

- Senior Managing Editor, Rutgers Law Review

- H. Theodore Sorg Property Prize


Jon's peers have selected him for inclusion in Super Lawyers as a Rising Star.

Admitted to Practice

Oregon State Bar

Washington State Bar

California State Bar

New York State Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Oregon

Professional Experience

Jon is a litigator with extensive experience in all aspects of state and federal civil litigation, including trials (jury and non-jury), appeals, mediations, and arbitrations.  His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, securities, financial fraud and white-collar cases, sports- and media-related litigation, and contract and insurance disputes, among others.  Jon also has substantial experience managing internal investigations for businesses and public entities. 

Jon's clients have included individuals, governmental entities, large public and private corporations, and insurance companies.  Jon has tried numerous cases and argued before various appellate courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Oregon Court of Appeals.

Jon also serves as a member of Cable Huston's Management Committee and as the firm's in-house ethics counsel.

In recognition of Jon's outstanding reputation, Oregon Super Lawyers has selected him for its "Rising Star" list for the last five years, an honor limited to just 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Oregon.  In 2009, JAMS arbitration service likewise recognized Jon as a "Rising Star" in recognition of his accomplishments as a young trial lawyer in the Los Angeles area.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Cable Huston in 2010, Jon worked at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in New York and Los Angeles, a firm consistently recognized by The American Lawyer as having one of the most prestigious litigation departments in the country. At O'Melveny, Jon focused his practice on complex civil litigation and appeals, criminal and regulatory investigations, and internal corporate investigations.  He also served as a Supervising Attorney for the UCLA Law School Appellate Advocacy Clinic and as a law clerk in the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney's Office in Sacramento, California.

Representative Cases/Matters

Business and Commercial Litigation:

·        Lead counsel for RSG Forest Products, Inc., one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest lumber manufactures, in a shareholder oppression lawsuit brought in Oregon and Washington state court seeking over $50 million in damages.

 ·       Represented Special Committee of Sun Times Media Group (then Hollinger International Inc.) in highly-publicized internal investigation and subsequent federal civil prosecution of hundreds of millions of dollars in fraud claims brought against former CEO Conrad Black and other senior executives.

 ·       Successfully defended California's largest public agency retirement fund trust administrator in California Attorney General investigation and subsequent qui tam litigation related to handling of over $150 million in unclaimed retirement funds.

 ·       Obtained favorable verdict as member of trial team representing individual in six-week jury trial arising from local artist's breach of multi-million dollar oral loan agreement.

 ·       Represented California-based milk company and two executives in breach of contract and injunctive relief lawsuit brought by out-of-state milk cooperative.

 ·       Represented Precision Castparts in a multi-million civil litigation with Portland General Electric related to power outages at Precision’s manufacturing facilities.

 ·       Secured multi-million-dollar award for Fortune 500 company after month-long JAMS arbitration on complex legal malpractice claim.

Sports and Media-Related Litigation:

·        Represented the Portland Trail Blazers and Rip City Management in various confidential litigation matters, including complex arbitrations and grievance proceedings.

·        Successfully defended officers of CenterStaging Corp., a well-known rehearsal studio in Burbank, California against securities fraud claims in federal court.

Internal Investigations:

·        Managed large internal investigation for Special Committee of Cale Group AB, a Swedish company, arising from highly-publicized bribery allegations related to procurement of City of Portland’s parking meter contract with a former Cale distributor.  Conducted numerous witness interviews and oversaw collection of electronic and documentary evidence from the United States, Canada, and Sweden.  Coordinated closely with the Portland City Attorney’s Office to disclose findings of investigation and discuss remedial action. 

·        Managed internal investigation for defense contractor arising from Navy Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) subpoena related to alleged misreporting of OSHA violations in bid documents.

 ·       Participated in numerous internal investigations of public companies related stock options back-dating and other allegations of financial fraud.

·        Managed internal investigation for large utility company concerning whistleblower allegations of environmental violations that arose during internal compliance audit.

·        Managed internal investigation for large healthcare company concerning retaliation claims against former compliance officer.

White-Collar Defense and Compliance:

·        Counseled numerous U.S. and international public and private companies on compliance issues related to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering/USA Patriot Act, health care, labor and employment practices, securities, false claims, and others.

·        Represented individuals and large companies in responding to civil and criminal subpoenas and governmental investigations, including by state attorney general offices, Navy and Air Force criminal investigative services, foreign securities commissions, self-regulatory organizations, inspector general offices, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

 ·       Represented multiple investment advisory businesses in highly-publicized New York Attorney General investigation related to pay-to-play allegations in state pension fund.

Insurance and Surety:

·        Obtained dismissal of claims and recovery of all attorneys’ fees for Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. (a division of AmTrust Financial) in declaratory relief lawsuit filed by a Eugene, Oregon developer seeking recovery of millions of dollars in damages on subdivision development bond.

·        Represented AmeriTitle, Inc. in various insurance lawsuits and title insurance disputes.

 ·       Represented local non-profit gun club in indemnity and insurance coverage action arising from lead contamination lawsuit filed by neighboring property owner.


·        Worked with numerous clients in overseeing various state and federal appeals, including before the Oregon Court of Appeals, New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

·        Currently representing Eugene Water & Electric Board in appeal before Oregon Court of Appeals related to interpretation of fish return channel easement.

·        Currently representing indigent former prisoner before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in important civil rights case implicating federal prisoners’ standing to assert due process and First Amendment claims under Bivens against private prison operators.

 ·       Obtained affirmance of judgment for Stewart Title in longstanding retaliatory tax dispute with State of Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, Stewart Title Guaranty Co. v. State of Oregon, 272 Or App 138 (2015).

 ·       Obtained affirmance of judgment for AmeriTitle, Inc. in title insurance dispute, Haveman et al. v. AmeriTitle Inc., et al, Oregon Court of Appeals Case No. A15398.

 ·       Won reversal on appeal in published opinion as lead counsel for indigent prisoner in Thomas v. Ponder, 611 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 2010), a case involving Eighth Amendment claims arising from prison's failure to provide adequate outdoor exercise.

 ·       Obtained substantial monetary settlement for client after appeal of disability discrimination lawsuit dismissed by federal district court; briefed and argued case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and secured substantial settlement shortly after oral argument.

Pro Bono

·        Routinely represent indigent clients in appellate proceedings before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the Ninth Circuit’s Appellate Pro Bono Program, and at the trial court level as part of the District of Oregon’s pro bono program.

·        Won affirmance of several violent robbery convictions on appeal as pro bono Special Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

 ·       Served as a member of appellate team representing the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in preparing an amicus curiae brief for the United States Supreme Court in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.

 ·       Won one of the most substantial sentence reductions obtained for a criminal defendant under New York's Drug Law Reform Act, while acting as pro bono counsel to the Legal Aid Society.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

When the Law Provides Repayment Terms:  The Perils of Oral Loan Agreements, Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (Winter 2012)

The Young Lawyer’s Corner: Internal Investigation Tips for Junior Attorneys, Criminal Litigation (American Bar Association Fall 2009)

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook, O'Melveny & Myers LLP (6th ed. 2009) (co-authored chapter on Internal Investigations) 

Speaker, Compliance Programs, O'Melveny & Myers LLP White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Training Series, Los Angeles, CA  (May 2008)

10 Ways to Retain Confidentiality During (and After) an Internal Investigation: A Strategy for Minimizing the Damage of Disclosure, Criminal Litigation (American Bar Association Spring 2007)

Speaker, Putting Lawyers on the DefensiveWhen Law Firms Get Indicted, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX  (April 2007)

Note, Tribal Immunity from Process: Limiting the Government’s Power to Enforce Search Warrants and Subpoenas on American Indian Land, 56 Rutgers L. Rev. 271 (2003)

Professional Activities

Jon is an active member of the American Bar Association and former Editor-in-Chief of the award winning ABA publication Criminal Litigation. In recognition of his work, the ABA's Litigation Section awarded Jon its 2008-2009 Award for Outstanding Subcommittee Chair and 2006-2007 Award for Outstanding Newsletter Editor. Jon is also a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association.

Jon also devotes substantial time to pro bono work.  He has previously served as a supervising attorney for the UCLA Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, and continues to be an active participant in the Ninth Circuit's Pro Bono Program.  In 2008, Jon was awarded an Empire State Counsel award by the New York State Bar in recognition of his pro bono work.

Jon serves as an arbitrator on the Multnomah County Arbitration Panel and as an appointed member of the Oregon State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee, the body charged with drafting formal ethics opinoins for Oregon lawyers. 

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