Joseph V. Cavanagh, III

Top rated General Litigation attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

Blish & Cavanagh LLP
Joseph V. Cavanagh, III
Blish & Cavanagh LLP

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation; view more

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 2003

Education: Cornell University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012

Blish & Cavanagh LLP

30 Exchange Terrace
Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903 Visit website


As partner at Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, Joseph V. Cavanagh III has more than 19 years of experience practicing law. He represents clients in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the following types of law: personal injury, real estate litigation, employment, product liability, business and complex commercial litigation, and general litigation.

Mr. Cavanagh is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of both the Federal Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Association. In 2017, he was included on the Best Lawyers in America list, and he was named Lawyer of the Year in real estate litigation in 2019. He is also AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

In 1999, Mr. Cavanagh graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He then moved on to Cornell Law School and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2003. Admitted to practice in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, he is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

He is also actively involved with his local community and does volunteer work with several nonprofit organizations. These include the Ocean Tides School and the TGC Memorial Fund, Inc. Mr. Cavanagh is also a volunteer youth athletics coach.

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Practice areas

General Litigation, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor: Employee, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Employment Law - Employee

First Admitted: 2003, Rhode Island

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Volunteer youth athletics coach
  • Board of Directors at the TGC Memorial Fund, Inc.
  • Board of Trustees at the Ocean Tides School
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2019 – Litigation – Real Estate
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Top Litigation Attorneys, Super Lawyers (2013 - 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2017
Educational Background:
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A. in History, 1999
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rhode Island
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts

Office location for Joseph V. Cavanagh, III

30 Exchange Terrace
Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-831-8900


11 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012

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