James F. Kavanaugh, Jr.

James F. Kavanaugh, Jr.: Attorney with Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP AV stamp icon
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Mr. Kavanaugh is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in both state and federal courts. His practice is primarily in the litigation of commercial and employment disputes, where he has represented numerous major corporations in a wide spectrum of industries. Mr. Kavanaugh serves as co-chair of the firm's employment law and commercial litigation groups.

Mr. Kavanaugh has been regularly selected as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" each year since 2004. In addition, he was selected as one of the "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers" from 2006-2008 and one of the "Top 100 New England Super Lawyers" in 2008 by the publishers of Boston Magazine. Mr. Kavanaugh was also recognized in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a Best Lawyer®.

Mr. Kavanaugh has also received an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating, in The Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory. The Directory is recognized as the country's definitive source of information about lawyers and law firms. According to the Directory, "An AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

After Mr. Kavanaugh represented Avon Products on its successful appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly named Knight vs. Avon Products, Inc. one of the Ten Most Important Decisions of the year 2003.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Tort Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Securities Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 348-8202  Phone
(617) 482-6444  Fax
University Attended:
College of the Holy Cross, A.B., 1970
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1977
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit U.S. Supreme Court; 1977, Massachusetts
Birth Information:

Peer Reviews

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