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Daniel Cavanaugh

Daniel Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury ...
  • Florida
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Daniel M. Cavanaugh has been a successful trial attorney for over 20 years. He grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Naples in 1997 where he started his legal career. He has been recognized for his trial skills as the recipient of multiple awards including Attorney of the Year at the State Attorneys Office in Fort Myers. Dan Cavanaugh has received the highest possible rating by his peers by being rated AV Preeminent®.

Criminal Defense
Mr. Cavanaugh has recognized the need for alternatives to traditional punishment. In Vermont, he established a mental health diversion program and represented the state in Drug Treatment Court. He also authored an article on Criminal Justice Reform. As of 2022, he is only the fourth attorney practicing in Florida

Mr. Cavanaugh prosecuted in Lee Cttiarticleounty (Special Victim’s Unit) and served as Chief Assistant State Attorney in Hendry and Glades counties. He was the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Chief in the Collier County State Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Cavanaugh handled serious and high profile cases including being featured on the Dateline NBC “To Catch a Predator” series. He also sat on the hiring and death penalty committee.

He has trained prosecutors and law enforcement in both Florida and Vermont. Specifically, he was a part-time instructor at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy and organized and presented quarterly trainings to a cross-section of law enforcement at inter-agency trainings in both states.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Mr. Cavanaugh has spent many years successfully pursuing personal injury claims including Wrongful Death, Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Fall and those victimized by Sexual and Physical Abuse.

He has brought actions against individuals, corporations and governmental entities. He will work hard to settle cases short of litigation but welcomes the opportunity to fight in Court if insurance companies refuse to be reasonable.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    personal injury and wrongful death matters
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Immigration Attorney
Hurtado Cavanaugh
Chief Deputy
Office of State Attorney, Vermont
Springfield College
B.S. | Psychology/Criminal Justice
Honors: Apha Nu Omega
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“10 Best” Attorneys
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys™
AV Preeminent®
Martindale Hubbel
Received the highest possible rating by his peers by being rated AV Preeminent®
“Top Lawyer”
Gulfshore Life Magazine
Outstanding Community Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children
Governor Bush
Recognized by Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program for Outstanding Community Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children and the Guardian ad Litem Program, with five members of the Special Victim’s Unit of the State Attorney’s Office
Attorney of the Year
Office of the State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit
Trial Team Award
Office of the State Attorney
Professional Associations
Florida Justice Association
- Current
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Florida State Bar  # 128015
- Current
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Collier County Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Acknowledging Victims is Just the Beginning
The Times-Argus
Criminal Justice Reform
Character Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases
Collier County Bar Association, Adverse Witness
Speaking Engagements
numerous lectures to prosecutors and law enforcement, ask for a full listing
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A.
2180 Immokalee Rd
Naples, FL 34110
Telephone: (239) 309-2006
Cell: (239) 449-8585
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