Jim is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in both state and federal courts. His practice is primarily in the litigation of commercial, employment, and insurance disputes. He has represented businesses of all sizes and individuals in a wide variety of industries. Jim was formerley chair of the firm's Litigation Department and serves as co-chair of the firm's employment law and commercial litigation groups. Jim is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to upholding the ethical standards of the legal profession.
Jim has been selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 publications of The Best Lawyers in America©, with specific recognition in the following practice areas: Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation, and Labor and Employment. Jim has been selected as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" every year since the designation was created in 2004. In addition, he was selected as one of the "Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers" in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and one of the "Top 100 New England Super Lawyers" in 2008 by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine. Jim has also received an AV Peer Review Rating, the highest rating, in The Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory.
Mr. Kavanaugh represented Avon Products on its successful appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of Knight vs. Avon Products, Inc., which was named one of the Ten Most Important Decisions of the year in 2003 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.