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Charles C. Cavanagh

Mr. Cavanagh is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor & Employment Practice Groups.  Mr. Cavanagh is admitted to both the Colorado and California bars.  After a decade of practicing law in California, he moved to Colorado and joined Messner Reeves to assist with the California needs of the firm’s clients, while continuing to develop his own trial and appellate practices.

Mr. Cavanagh has extensive experience litigating in both federal and state trial and appellate courts.  He has handled matters involving several different areas of the law including labor and employment issues, commercial contract disputes, consumer class actions, false advertising and unfair competition claims, intellectual property protection, partnership liability, real estate disputes, responsibility for environmental clean-up costs and probate matters.  Mr. Cavanagh also has experience counseling clients with respect to labor and employment matters, including formulation of employee handbooks, termination procedures and litigation avoidance.



University of Michigan School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998

Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., cum laude, 1994


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Larimer County Bar Association

Larimer County Young Lawyers Division.

Prior Professional Experience

Arnold & Porter, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Irell & Manella, Los Angeles, CA


Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a large restaurant chain after a federal court jury trial in a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee. 

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a large motion picture production company after binding arbitration in a claim for underpayment brought by a writers guild under a collective bargaining agreement. 

Obtained a net defense verdict on behalf of a large ecommerce company after binding arbitration in connection with contractual claims and cross-claims between the company and its fulfillment services provider.  ]

Defeated certification of a putative consumer class against a large residential alarm monitoring company with respect to claims regarding the legality and enforceability of numerous provisions of company's form contract, and successfully defended that ruling before the California Court of Appeal. 

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a school district with respect to sexual harassment claims brought against it by a former employee. 

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a high-net-worth individual with respect to an enforcement-of-foreign-judgment action brought against him in California state court. 

Successfully defended before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals a district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a manufacturing company with respect to race discrimination claims brought against it by a former employee.

Persuaded the California Court of Appeal to reverse an order denying a motion to strike certain cross-claims under that state's anti-SLAPP statute.

Defeated an ecommerce company's motion for a preliminary injunction against a large software developer in a trademark infringement action in federal court. 

Persuaded the Los Angeles County Department of Environmental Health at an administrative hearing to drop all claims against a large restaurant chain regarding alleged misrepresentations with respect to various menu items.

Title: Of Counsel

Admitted to Practice: Colorado 2008, Calfornia 1998

Practice Groups: Litigation, Labor & Employment

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