Jon W. Monson

Jon W. Monson



Practice Areas


University of California, Davis, B.A.

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

- 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

California State Courts

New York State Courts

Oregon State Courts

Washington State Courts

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 partner in Cable Huston's litigation, appellate, and sports and entertainment groups.  Jon has extensive experience in all aspects of state and federal civil litigation, including trials (jury and non-jury), appeals, mediations, and arbitrations.  His practice includes complex commercial disputes, sports- and media-related litigation, business torts, securities, white-collar, construction defect, and insurance defense, among others.  Jon also has substantial experience managing privileged internal corporate investigations.  His clients have included individuals, governmental entities, large corporations, and insurance companies, including the Portland Trail Blazers and PCC Structurals, Inc. (a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp.).  Jon has tried jury and non-jury cases and argued before various appellate courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Oregon Court of Appeals.

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

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. While at O'Melveny, Jon focused his practice on complex civil litigation and appeals, criminal and regulatory investigations, and internal corporate investigations.  Prior to his time at O'Melveny, Jon also served as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento, California.

Representative Cases/Matters

Counseled numerous national and international companies on compliance issues and internal and external investigations 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 Trail Blazers, Inc. in various litigation matters, including arbitrations and grievance proceedings.

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.

Represented PCC Structurals, Inc. in a multi-million civil litigation against Portland General Electric Company related to power outages at PCC's manufacturing facilities.

Obtained judgment for Emerald People's Utility District against Symbiotics, LLC in federal civil case involving breach of purchase and sale agreement and instituted post-judgment proceedings culminating in collection of entire prayer amount plus all costs and attorneys' fees.

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.

Won reversal on appeal in published opinion as lead pro bono 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.

Secured multi-million dollar legal malpractice award on behalf of Fortune 500 company as member of arbitration team in month-long JAMS arbitration.

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.

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

Counseled defense contractor in Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigation concerning alleged false claims in construction bid proposals.

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

Managed internal investigation for large non-profit company concerning retaliation claims against former compliance officer.

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

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

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)

O’Melveny & Myers LLP Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Handbook (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 is also an active community service volunteer.  He serves as an arbitrator on the Multnomah County Arbitration Panel and as an appointed member of the Oregon State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee.  In 2009, JAMS arbitration service recognized Jon as a "Rising Star" in recognition of his accomplishments as a young trial lawyer in the Los Angeles area.

In addition, Jon is a member of the Gus J. Solomon Inn of Court, a local non-profit association comprised of judges, lawyers, legal educators, and law students promoting excellence in legal advocacy and community service.

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