Richard E. Cavanaugh
Of Counsel

Richard E. Cavanaugh
Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP
The Gaslight Building
22 Shattuck Street
Lowell, MA  01852
Tel  978.452.0522
Fax 978.452.0482

Areas of Practice

Richard Cavanaugh is a founding partner of Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP. In his twenty years of litigation and trial practice in state and federal courts, he has handled a wide range of matters, including products and professional liability, construction, employment, motor vehicle, premises, environmental, liquor liability, and commercial disputes. He has argued appellate issues before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and has counseled non-profit and for-profit corporations in a variety of business matters.

In September 2012, Mr. Cavanaugh transitioned out of his full-time law practice to pursue his life-long interest in farming. He will continue to be a resource for the firm in an Of Counsel capacity.

Personal/Professional Experience

Mr. Cavanaugh was born in Des Moines, Iowa.  He began practicing law in 1991 when he joined the law firm of Donahue & Donahue Attorneys, P.C., in Lowell, Massachusetts before the formation of Gallagher & Cavanaugh LLP.  Prior to law school, Mr. Cavanaugh served as a Congressional press secretary as well as a consultant on the staffs of a number of Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional campaigns.


Co-author:  “Taking Expert Depositions,” Massachusetts Deposition Practice Manual, 1992; “How To Try A Personal Injury Case in Massachusetts District Court,” Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual, 1993; “Opposing Expert Testimony at Trial,” Chapters in MCLE books, Massachusetts Expert Witnesses (2002, 2004) and Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy (2005).  Lecturer/Panel Member:  Introducing Evidence at Trial, MCLE, 2005. Panel Member: Direct and Cross Examination of Lay Witnesses: Winning Strategies.

Reported Cases

Schwartz v. Travelers Indemn. Co., 50 Mass.App.Ct. 672, 740 N.E.2d 1039 (2001).

Bar and Court Admissions

Mr. Cavanaugh was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1990.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. 


J.D., Boston College, Boston, MA, 1990 (European Practice Program at Kings College, University of London, England, 1989)
B.A., Boston College, Boston, MA, 1983


Mr. Cavanaugh is a member of the Greater Lowell Bar Association (Secretary, 1996-1997; Treasurer, 1997-1999; President-Elect, 1998-1999; President, 1999-2000), and Massachusetts Bar Association (Practice Management Section, 2004-2005).  He has also served as a director on a number of boards of cultural and human service organizations including Lowell House, Inc. and the New England Quilt Museum.  Mr. Cavanaugh currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell.

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