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James G. Cavanagh

Senior Counsel | Email

  • Lansing

    t. +1.517.679.7410

    f. +1.517.316.8400


Jim Cavanagh has been recognized by two Capitol news publications as one of the most effective lobbyists in Michigan. With many members of Jim's family involved in Michigan politics, the Cavanagh name is well known and highly respected. Jim, who has been involved in government affairs for more than 20 years, says his legal and political background are an ideal blend for government relations advocacy "because law is shaped by competing political forces that are constantly trying to change it."


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School J.D. 1979
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1975 Political Science cum laude


  • 1980, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Business Law Section; Past Member, Administrative Law, Probate Law and Workers' Compensation Sections
  • Ingham County Bar Association


  • Regularly appears before the legislative and executive branches of state government to advise on government relations, administrative law, campaign finance and related matters
  • Served as Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General and spent seven years representing the state in workers' compensation matters
  • Served as legal counsel to speakers of the Michigan House of Representatives and as a liaison between the governor, attorney general and Michigan Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named among the top 5 lobbyists by the Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), 2009
  • Voted one of the top twenty lobbyists in Lansing as published by Inside Michigan Politics, 2001
  • 2002 Candidate for Michigan Court of Appeals


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Civic Affiliations

  • Eaton County
    Former elected County Commissioner, 1984, re-elected, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Mid-South Health Systems Agency
    Former Member
  • Michigan Democratic Party

Community Affiliations

  • Capital Area Substance Abuse Council
    Former Member
  • Friends of the Capitol, Inc.
    Board Member
  • Lansing Reinvestment Corp.
    Former Member
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
  • Michigan Youth in Government

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