Attorneys James J. Yukevich and Todd A. Cavanaugh Named Among Top 50 Litigators & Trial Lawyers by Los Angeles Business Journal

Aug 19, 2019 – Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES –James J. Yukevich and Todd A. Cavanaugh of Yukevich | Cavanaugh have been selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) as Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers in Los Angeles for 2019. 

Each year, the LABJ selects just 50 lawyers in Los Angeles who have proven themselves to be:“a very special breed of attorney that needs to transcend expert comprehension of the legal system…attorneys who go to the proverbial mat to fight for their clients before judges and jury [and] have their own unique sets of skills.”

Some of the factors that informed the selection of Mr. Yukevich includes his over 90% win rate in contested liability cases, over 30 years of courtroom experience, and most recently, the unanimous defense verdict in favor of his client, Ferrari North America, Inc., which was handed down by jurors in under 25 minutes of deliberation. 

In his extensive career defending Fortune 500 companies in venues across the U.S., including the California Supreme Court, the LABJ Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers distinction is the most recent in a distinguished career of industry recognition, including The Best Lawyers in America©, years as a Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyer, and a Los Angeles Product Liability Defense Lawyer of the year. 

In his selection, the LABJ recognized Mr. Cavanaugh as:

“a 2019 trendsetter in defending product liability cases premised on the consumer expectation test for design defect” and by “successfully defend[ing] the design, manufacture, and performance of a diverse array of products made by some of the world’s largest manufacturers…includ[ing] automobiles, construction equipment, tires, automotive friction products, industrial machinery, and power generators.” 

Mr. Cavanaugh has over 20 years of experience defending the interests of manufacturers and excess insurers in cases venued in state and federal courts in over a dozen states. Some of the industry accolades Mr. Cavanaugh has collected over his career include years of recognition by Law & Politics as a Southern California Super Lawyer, and the achievement of Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating. 

In his most recent win, Mr. Cavanaugh successfully defended his client Crown Equipment Corporation where, following a seven-day trial, a federal jury took fewer than 45 minutes to render a unanimous defense verdict. 


By delivering on the promise to provide each client a personalized level of service and outstanding results, Yukevich | Cavanaugh has become one of the nation’s top litigation firms, with a reputation for zealously representing the interests of its clients. A history of headline-grabbing, high-stakes product liability defense verdicts for the automotive industry is what put the Firm on the map.

Founded in 1995, the lawyers at Yukevich | Cavanaugh have extensive experience and an impressive win record in the defense of high exposure, complex litigation cases, and have won key verdicts across the country. When Fortune 500 companies are hit with significant product liability and matters, they call on the thoughtful case handling and courtroom expertise of Yukevich | Cavanaugh. 


James J. Yukevich

Todd A. Cavanaugh