Principal Attorney at Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC from October 2008-Present, in Royal Oak, Michigan

Board Member at Pure Oakland Water from November 2014-Present, in Waterford, Michigan

Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University from January 2013-Present

Panel Member: Construction Panel at the American Arbitration Association from 2006-Present

Bar Admissions

State of Michigan - 1995

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

United States Court of Federal Claims


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1986

Juris Doctor, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Detroit Michigan, 1995


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 in 1964. 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. His 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, and design professionals.  

Practice Experience

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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 at Eastern Michigan University from January 2013-Present, teaching CNST 406W - Construction Law with partner, Gary Quesada 

Publications/Published Cases

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 successful 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)