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Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Providence, RI

Blish & Cavanagh LLP
30 Exchange Terrace, Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-831-8900
Fax: 401-751-7542
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Rhode Island Since: 1974
Practice Areas: General Litigation, Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Employment & Labor: Employee, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Co-founder and partner at Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, Joseph V. Cavanagh Jr. represents clients in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With almost five decades of experience, he focuses on patent law, medical malpractice, personal injury, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, employment law, sexual harassment, products liability, libel, antitrust and civil litigation.

Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Mr. Cavanagh is also admitted to practice before several federal courts. These include the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. For more than 20 years, Chambers USA recognized him as an outstanding litigator, and he was named to the Best Lawyers in America list.

Mr. Cavanagh earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College before moving on to law school at Boston College Law School, from which he graduated with his Juris Doctor degree. He is also AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell.

A member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, Mr. Cavanagh is also an active member of the Rhode Island Board Bar of Examiners, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and vice president and director of the Thomas More Society.

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Practice Areas
  • 30%General Litigation
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Real Estate: Business


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr. appearing in Super Lawyers

About Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr.

First Admitted: 1974, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Founding Director of ACCESS/R.I.
  • Officer and Director of the Rhode Island Special Olympics
  • Founding Director of the New England First Amendment Coalition (NEFAC)


  • Inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, 1994
  • Outstanding litigator by Chambers USA, Since 2005
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Rhode Island and New England Super Lawyer, Since 2007

Educational Background

  • Harvard College

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Rhode Island, 1974
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Board of Bar Examiners
  • Rhode Island chapter, Chairman
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Since 1990
  • St. Thomas More Law Society, Director and Vice President
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1975
  • Massachusetts
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Office Location for Joseph V. Cavanagh, Jr.

30 Exchange Terrace
Commerce Center
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-831-8900

Fax: 401-751-7542

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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