• Principal, Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC October, 2008+

  • Board Member, Pure Oakland Water November 2014+

  • Adjunct Professor, Eastern Michigan University, January 2013+

  • Construction Panel Member, American Arbitration Association, 2006-2017

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan - 1995

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan - 1996

  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit - 1996

  • U. S. Court of Federal Claims - 1996


  • B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986

  • J.D., University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Detroit Michigan, 1995


  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America - 2018

  • Michigan Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation) - 2017, 2018, 2019

  • dBusiness, Top Lawyers (Construction Litigation) - 2013

  • American Jurisprudence Award (Legal Research and Writing) - 1993


Peter J. Cavanaugh, J.D.

Mr. Cavanaugh was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is admitted to practice law in all Michigan courts, the U.S. District Court, Eastern District and Western District of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  

Practice Experience

Mr. Cavanaugh's practice is concentrated on business and construction law matters, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation of contract disputes, construction lien and surety bond claims, and disputes involving contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals.

Recent Presentations

  • Construction Law for Public Projects, "Bond Claims and Dealing with Subcontractors and Suppliers" (HalfMoon Education - June 26, 2014)

  • Professional Development Day, "Legal Aspects of Construction Scheduling for Managing Projects" (AGC of Michigan - February 23, 2012)

  • Professional Development Day, "Federal Contracting II: Protesting the Contract Award; An Overview of Federal Bid Protests" (AGC of Michigan - February 24, 2011)

  • Professional Development Day, "Managing the Construction Project: A Legal Perspective" (AGC of Michigan - January 24, 2008)

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Eastern Michigan University (CNST 406W /506 - Construction Law), January 2013+

Publications/Published Cases

  • Wyandotte Elec Supply Co v Electrical Tech Sys, Inc, 499 Mich 127; 881 NW2d 95 (2016) (represented General Contractor and Surety)

  • Morris Pumps v Centerline Piping, Inc., et al., 273 Mich App 187; 729 NW2d 898 (2006), lv app denied, 480 Mich 928; 740 NW2d 299 (2007) (represented Plaintiff equipment supplier)

  • Ostroth v Warren Regency, GP, LLC, 474 Mich 36; 709 NW2d 589 (2006) (Amicus Curiae for AGC of Michigan, and AGC of Detroit)

  • Marine Tech, LLC, SIZ-4635 (2004) (represented successful protester in federal HUBZone bid protest)

Professional Associations

  • AGC of Michigan (Legal and Legislative Affairs Committees)

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA), National Roster of Neutrals (Construction Panel)

  • Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) (Government Affairs)

  • Michigan Bar Association (Business Law and Real Estate Sections)