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Patrick O. Cavanaugh is the chief operating officer of Blank Rome, a 1,200-employee law firm that is ranked among the top law firms in America. As COO, Patrick works closely with senior management to provide overall business leadership, and he supervises the financial, technology, marketing, human resources, and facilities functions.
Patrick is also a civil litigator and environmental lawyer at Blank Rome, who began his career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, Civil Division. While at the Justice Department, Patrick worked on the Agent Orange and Radiation Litigation Trial Teams. He has litigated a number of toxic tort cases since becoming a private practitioner in the mid-1980s. Patrick’s current practice focuses primarily in the areas of civil disputes, environmental counseling and litigation, internal investigations, and product liability claims. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Before joining Blank Rome via a merger in 2003, Patrick was the managing director of Dyer Ellis & Joseph, P.C., and the head of that firm’s environmental practice. Following the merger, he served as the administrative partner for Blank Rome’s