Matthew J. Cavanagh

Member;
Cleveland
P: 216.348.5730
mcavanagh@mcdonaldhopkins.com

Matt has a unique legal practice, as both an intellectual property litigator and a First Amendment attorney. As an IP litigator, Matt has represented businesses and individuals in patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret cases. As a First Amendment attorney, he has represented newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, journalists, and television and radio personalities in defamation, trespass, and invasion of privacy cases. He has counseled and represented media clients in other legal matters, including opposing gag orders, moving to unseal court records, opposing subpoenas, protecting journalistic work product, providing prepublication review, and obtaining public records.

Matt has litigated in federal and state court; he has argued cases before various federal and state appeal courts and administrative boards; and he has presented oral argument to various courts, including arguing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a significant patent case involving breakthrough cell phone technology.

In addition to litigation, Matt is a licensed patent attorney who assists clients in obtaining U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Matt also works with clients in the negotiating, drafting, and reviewing of contracts, including license and purchase agreements. Matt regularly gives strategic advice and analysis regarding the formation, management, and enforcement of intellectual property assets. With an expertise in First Amendment law, Matt counsels clients about advertising law, social media issues, and right of publicity matters.

Prior to attending law school, Matt worked for several years as a mechanical engineer at a large integrated steel mill. He also has industrial experience at a General Electric turbine plant and at NASA. Matt's real world engineering and manufacturing experiences enable him to better understand his clients' businesses and to further protect and advance their interests.

Matt earned a J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2005. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Boston University in 1998.

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