Former Michigan Representative Cavanagh joins firm’s government affairs group
A former member of the Michigan House of Representatives and Wayne County Commission, Philip M. Cavanagh recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a senior attorney in the firm’s Detroit office.
Cavanagh is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Compliance Practice Group who focuses his practice on policy development, strategic collaboration, relationship and coalition creation, regulatory compliance and legislation tracking.
Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Cavanagh worked as Assistant Deputy Treasurer in the Forfeiture/Foreclosure Office of the Wayne County Treasurer’s office. He was elected to four terms as a Wayne County Commissioner where he served as a board member of the Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Agency and a founding member of the Wayne County Land Bank.
Cavanagh previously represented District 10, which included a portion of Detroit and some of its western suburbs, as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. While in office, he served on the Tax Policy, Energy and Technology and Judiciary committees. He also served as the vice chair for both the Financial Liability Reform and Judiciary committees.
After serving as a state representative, Cavanagh was appointed by former Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder as a board member of the Governor’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. After taking office, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer re-appointed him to the same position. In this capacity, Cavanagh collaborates closely with the administration’s department heads to coordinate plans that meet the needs of this state’s homeless population.
An accomplished businessman, politician and lawyer, Cavanagh received his law and master’s degrees, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1998 and his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Aquinas College in 1983. He also completed Fellowship Programs at the Council of State Governments in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2012 and the Harvard JFK School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2005.
The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group focus on policy development, strategic collaboration, relationship and coalition building, and legislation and bill monitoring. Group members work with municipalities and private sector clients in numerous industries to develop creative and proactive solutions designed to meet the challenges of dealing with local, county and state government.
For more information about Philip M. Cavanagh joining Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Compliance Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; firstname.lastname@example.org.