Irish Legal 100


STACEY Feeley Cavanagh is a partner at Cavanagh Law Group in Chicago. She has more than two decades of experience handling complex and high profile cases in personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, negligence and wrongful death.

Her experience litigating cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants has given her expertise in both sides of the courtroom. She has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer every year since 2016 and was named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Illinois Super Lawyers has recognized Cavanagh for the years 2021-2023. She was featured as one of the Leading Women in Chicago in 2017 by Chicago Woman magazine and was selected as a Chicago Woman of Influence by the magazine in 2014.

In 2014, Cavanagh was part of a trial team that successfully represented the family of John Bruce, an airline baggage handler who suffered fatal injuries as the result of a 12-foot fall from a baggage conveyor at Al-Mubarak Air Force Base in Kuwait. Cavanagh filed a lawsuit against several defendants, and though the incident occurred outside the U.S., she resisted efforts to have the case heard outside the U.S. court system. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a $6.65 million verdict on behalf of the Bruce family.

Cavanagh was also involved in another high-profile case that not only resulted in a significant settlement, but affected change in public safety. Cavanagh Law Group represented the family of one of two young men killed when their vehicle was fatally struck by a drunken off-duty Chicago police officer who had a history of driving while intoxicated. Cavanagh’s extensive involvement in all aspects of trial preparation, including the analysis of the previously withheld evidence, was critical to the case’s success. Cavanagh Law Group obtained a landmark $20 million settlement which was split between both victims’ families.

Cavanagh earned a BA in English from Boston College, and a JD from Chicago Kent College of Law.

Cavanagh and her husband Tim, also a member of the Irish Legal 100, have six children – two sets of triplets. She traces her Irish heritage to Co. Mayo three generations back. She serves on the Guild Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago.





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