Michael Kavanagh is Chairman and Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. He has significant expertise acting in large and complex disputes before the Commercial Court and other divisions of the High Court.

Michael has significant experience handling complex, high stakes disputes before the Commercial Court and other divisions of the High Court.

He is among Ireland's most highly regarded litigation and dispute resolution lawyers and large corporates and multi-nationals regularly seek out his expertise to assist in the following areas:

  • contract disputes
  • construction related disputes
  • discovery / e-discovery
  • IT / IP disputes
  • insurance disputes
  • professional negligence
  • shareholder disputes
  • breach of contract
  • banking and financial services litigation
  • Judicial review and regulatory litigation
  • complex and sensitive employment and Director and Shareholder related matters for corporate clients
  • employment law and the provision of employment related legal services
  • pensions disputes
  • partnership disputes


Michael has served on the Litigation Committee of the Law Society of Ireland since 2003 and was Chairman of the Litigation Committee from 2009 - 2011.  He serves as a Law Society nominee on the Superior Court Rules Committee.

He chaired the Law Society’s working group that wrote the report Discovery in the Electronic Age – Proposals for Reform.  Michael has published articles on a wide range of issues and recently authored an article for the Sunday Independent.


  • Regularly acts in the resolution of complex employment related disputes and issues.
  • Acted for large corporate entity for breach of contract in a property /town centre development claim in the Commercial Court.
  • Acted in various Commercial Agency disputes in the commercial division of High Court.
  • Acted in a range of Insurance and Professional Negligence claims.
  • Acting in a substantial dispute in the Commercial division of the High Court in relation to the provision of a wireless broadband network.
  • Acting for a number of financial institutions in a range of matters relating to disputes with customers and agents.
  • Acting in the prosecution and defence of claims in the High Court against professionals including solicitors, architects, valuers and accountants.
  • Acting in a numbers of claims involving fraud.
  • Acting in a number of High Court cases involving intellectual property and Information Technology.

Contact Michael

+ 353 1 637 1524


More about Michael Kavanagh

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"He is very skilled indeed, and knows how to drive the outcomes".

Chambers Global 2017
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An experienced litigator who is "technically very good" on a range of disputes.

Chambers Global 2016
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Recommended by Best Lawyers in Ireland for Arbitration and Mediation and Litigation.

Best Lawyers 2016
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“Michael Kavanagh is a widely respected dispute resolution lawyer".

Chambers Global 2015
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"Michael Kavanagh is a very experienced and capable lawyer".

Legal 500 2014
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“A tailored, personal service and great mediation. He manages costs and minimises expenditure".

Chambers Global 2014
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Recipient of a BTI Consulting Group client service all-star award in 2014.

BTI Consulting Group 2014
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“He really knows his stuff and gives advice in terms of what we want and how we need to get there”.

Chambers Europe 2013
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“Excellent litigator”.

Legal 500 2013
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"Michael Kavanagh is a firm favourite with clients, who praise him as extremely pragmatic. He does not get caught up in technicalities but looks for pro-client solutions. He offers helpful, strategic advice”.

Chambers Global 2013
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"Central to the practice is Michael Kavanagh ..He is credited as an excellent sounding board capable of providing business-oriented solutions in an efficient and cost-effective manner".

Chambers Global 2012
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“Michael Kavanagh is very highly regarded by clients, who hail him as an outstanding litigator".

Chambers Global 2011
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"He is pragmatic and commercial, and you can rely on him to get results".

Chambers Europe 2011
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  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
  • LL.B.
    University College Galway
  • B.A.
    University College Galway