Timothy Cavanagh

Founder

Timothy Cavanagh
Biography

As the founding partner of Cavanagh Law Group, Timothy J. Cavanagh is a nationally recognized Chicago trial lawyer. He has devoted his legal career to representing the rights and interests of victims of personal injury, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Cavanagh has the experience and skill to assist his clients in achieving the best possible outcome.

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer reviewed publication with U.S. News & World Reports
  • Named one of the top 500 leading plaintiff's lawyers in America (Lawdragon Magazine)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters for the year 2005-2017
  • Named a Leading Lawyer by a Division of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company every year since 2003 (an honor limited to only 5% of lawyers in Illinois)
  • Listed in the Irish Legal 100 by The Irish Voice Newspaper from 2010 to present
  • Cited as one of the top 100 consumer lawyers in Illinois
  • The recipient of two Trial Lawyers Excellence Awards by the Jury Verdict Reporter (one was awarded for a record-setting settlement and another for a record-setting verdict)
  • Included by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company on the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” list
  • Has appeared on several media outlets, including various local television stations, “The Today Show,” “The Abrams Report,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” and “Illinois Issues in Review.”
  • Is a frequent lecturer and speaker at various local and national legal seminars

Throughout his career, he has obtained over fifty verdicts and settlements exceeding one million dollars, including the following results:

  • $55 million railroad crossing verdict (recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 100 verdicts in the country in 2002);
  • $14 million medical malpractice settlement;
  • $13.7 million verdict;
  • $10 million tractor-trailer truck crash settlement;
  • $9.75 million trucking settlement;
  • $9.1 million railroad crossing settlement;
  • $7.5 million medical malpractice settlement;
  • $6.65 million wrongful death verdict;
  • $6.3 million wrongful death settlement;
  • $5.75 million auto-pedestrian settlement (highest reported uninsured motorist award in Illinois history);
  • $5.5 million wrongful death settlement;
  • $4.5 million product liability settlement;
  • $4.5 million wrongful death settlement;
  • $4.1 million automobile crash settlement;
  • $3 million premises liability settlement;
  • $3 million product liability settlement;
  • $2.5 million birth injury settlement;
  • $2 million wrongful death settlement; and
  • $2 million verdict against the City of Chicago in police pursuit case.

Mr. Cavanagh earned a BA from John Carroll University in Ohio, and a JD from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he currently serves on its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Regents of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, the Board of Directors of the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, and is a director of the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation.

Education
  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D., 1987
  • John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
    • B.A., 1984
Professional Membership
  • Illinois State Bar, 1987
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, General Bar, 1987
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1989
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991