Joseph J. Cavanaugh

Joseph J. Cavanaugh

Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 2458

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Joe Cavanaugh represents clients in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with a particular focus on privacy and data security litigation. He advises organizations that have suffered a cyber attack or have been accused of consumer privacy violations in addressing government investigations and managing numerous lawsuits.

Joe has experience helping clients resolve major investigations before the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, as well as defending class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigation. He helps clients through different stages of litigation, including internal investigations, discovery obligations, motions practice, and settlement. His cases have involved a variety of substantive laws, including Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, state consumer protection statutes, data breach notification acts, and various state common law causes of action.

In addition to his practice at Hogan Lovells, Joe is a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he serves as a Judge Advocate. In this capacity, he offers legal assistance to Army Reserve units across the Northeast United States, and provides support for military readiness and administrative law matters.

While at Georgetown Law, Joe served as the Chief Administrative Editor for the American Criminal Law Review and as a Law Fellow for Professor Jessica Wherry in the First-Year Legal Research and Writing Program. Prior to law school, Joe spent an academic year in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 2018

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, magna cum laude, 2012

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

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