Patrick O. Cavanaugh

Chief Operating Officer at Blank Rome LLP

Patrick O. Cavanaugh

Patrick O. Cavanaugh

Chief Operating Officer at Blank Rome LLP

Biography

Patrick Cavanaugh has more than 30 years of experience as a civil litigator and environmental lawyer, beginning his career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, Civil Division, where he was hired through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. While at the Justice Department, Patrick worked on a variety of Federal Tort Claims Act matters and was a member of the Agent Orange and Radiation Litigation trial teams. He has litigated a number of environmental, product liability and toxic tort cases since becoming a private practitioner in the late-1980s. Patrick’s current practice focuses primarily in areas of business disputes and employment, environmental and insurance coverage counseling. Specifically, he has represented a wide range of clients in areas such as:

* litigation of civil and commercial claims
* defense of employment claims
* defense of commercial disputes and breach-of-contract actions
* defense of “toxic tort” and product liability claims alleging personal injury and property damage
* environmental compliance and “due diligence” counseling in connection with transactions involving contaminated properties
* defense of False Claims Act cases and government suspension and debarment proceedings

Patrick is the Firm’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its Executive Committee and Partner Board. As the COO, Patrick oversees the Firm’s administrative functions on a daily basis, including the finance, human resources, technology, marketing, and practice group management groups, as well as the Firm’s real estate and insurance programs. Before joining Blank Rome via a merger in 2003, he was the managing director of Dyer Ellis & Joseph, P.C., and the head of that firm’s environmental and litigation practices.

Outside the Firm

Patrick is involved with a number of local charitable groups, including the DC Greys and Youth Apostles ministry. He also represents a number of non-profit organizations on a pro bono basis, including the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family, and a variety of sporting activities, including golf and doubles tennis. Pat resides with his wife in McLean, Virginia, and they have four children.

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Patrick O. Cavanaugh
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George Mason University is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university. Its dynamic culture and innovative academic programs prepare Mason’s hard-working students for 21st century careers. Its commitment to teaching excellence combines with cutting-edge research that enriches the academic experience and is literally changing the world. Mason is affordable, yet offers high value. Ideally located in the National Capital region, students enjoy terrific cultural experiences and access to the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.

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George Mason University School of Law (Mason Law or GMUSL) is the law school of George Mason University, a state university in Virginia, United States. The law school is located in Arlington, thirteen miles east of the university's main campus in Fairfax. George Mason University School of Law was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in March 1979 and was founded on July 1, 1979. The American Bar Association provisionally approved the school in the fall of 1980 and granted full approval in 1986.

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The Bar Association of the District of Columbia was founded in 1871 and is the third oldest Bar Association in the nation (following the Boston City and New York City Bar Associations). BADC's members play a vital role in our city’s and nation’s advocacy system. The BADC is DC's voluntary bar and seeks to promote civility, justice and collegiality among members of the legal profession in the nation's capital.

Career History
Chief Operating Officer
2003 - Current

Blank Rome LLP provides legal services. The company's services include commercial litigation, labor and employment benefits, bankruptcy, energy, financial services, health care, shareholder activism, tax, and many more. The company was founded in 1946 and is located in Philadelphia, PA.

Head, Environmental Practice
Prior

Part of Blank Rome LLP, Dyer Ellis & Joseph is a company headquartered in Washington, DC, that provides legal services. On 07 Jan 03 Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley LLP acquired Dyer Ellis & Joseph.

Trial Attorney in the Torts Branch, Civil Division
Prior

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Awards & Honors
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar
Admitted to the Virginia Bar
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Patrick O. Cavanaugh is affiliated with Blank Rome LLP, Dyer Ellis & Joseph, United States Department of Justice

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