Licensed to practice in California, Nevada, and Washington, his experience includes all aspects of litigation, from administrative proceedings to mediation to trials and appeals. For nearly 15 years, he has defended the interests of manufacturers and excess insurers in cases venued in state and federal courts in more than a dozen states. In product liability litigation, Mr. Cavanaugh has defended the design, manufacture, and performance of a diverse array of products made by some of the world's largest manufacturers. These products include automobiles, construction equipment, tires, automotive friction products, industrial machinery, and power generators. He also coordinated and executed a nationwide product liability resolution program for a major automobile manufacturer.
Mr. Cavanaugh has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV rating, and consistently has been recognized by Law & Politics as one of Southern California's "Rising Stars" in the industry. He has lectured on topics including jury selection, principles of contribution and indemnity, and strategies for overcoming the threat of joint liability. His publications include Tumble v. Cascade Bicycle Corp.: A Hypothetical Case Under the Restatement (Third) of Torts, published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
Mr. Cavanaugh was born and raised in Minnesota, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. In 1995, he graduated summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served as Executive Editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. From 1995 to 1997, he was Managing Editor of the Journal of Products and Toxics Liability. Prior to joining James Yukevich, he practiced at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, where his practice focused on the defense of aircraft manufacturers.
Deal v. Michelin North America, Inc.
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Las Vegas, Nevada – 2009
Jones v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Single-vehicle rollover accident, alleged design defects in roof structure, plaintiff sustained spinal injury resulting in quadriplegia. Defense verdict.
Los Angeles, California – 2009
Arroyo v. Ford Motor Company
Single-vehicle accident following claimed unintended acceleration, alleged cruise control system defect, moderate injuries, punitive damages allegations. Defense verdict.
Miami, Florida – 2007
Gaudry v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Two-vehicle accident alleging that design and warning defects in Honda Reflex scooter caused sustained severe leg injury requiring amputation. Defense verdict.
Burbank, California – 2007
Jury Denies Bereaved Family's Claim Against Backhoe Maker
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Daily Journal; Verdicts & Settlements – April 6, 2007
Pineda v. Deere & Company
Verdicts & Decisions – January 1, 2007
Watts v. Ford Motor Company
Single-vehicle accident following claimed unintended acceleration, alleged cruise control system defect, catastrophic injury. Defense verdicts.
Sacramento, California – 2003
The Boeing Company v. ArvinMeritor, Inc.
Breach of contract action arising out of corporate merger. Defense award at binding arbitration.
Los Angeles, California – 2002