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Keelin Kavanagh

Keelin Kavanagh

Key-lyn Kaa-vun-nahPartner

Keelin Kavanagh's broad-based general corporate litigation practice includes contract disputes, real estate, mass tort, banking, false advertising, trade dress infringement and product liability. She handles cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitrators and mediators. She also serves in federal and state courts as both an arbitrator and a mediator. 

As part of her defense of manufacturers in product liability matters, she has significant experience working with scientific, medical and technology experts to assist on issues of corporate responsibility, regulatory challenges and litigation both in the US and throughout Europe. She has advised international clients on the interactions between US and international law and its implication in clients' jurisdictions.

Keelin has represented financial institutions in contract, regulatory and commercial foreclosure disputes, as well as in commercial loan workouts. She also represented one of the world's largest metal recyclers as well as one of the largest branding companies in the US. She represented a beverage manufacturer in a false advertising/trade dress infringement action, was part of the trial team that defended an airline in a multi-district litigation arising out of the bombing of an aircraft and has represented real estate owners in cases involving the interpretation of commercial leases, construction disputes and other matters.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of IrelandNew JerseyNew YorkSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkUnited States District Court for the District of New JerseyUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitSupreme Court of the United States
  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • B.A., Fordham University


  • The Legal 500 United States
    2021 - Recommended, Dispute Resolution Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Consumer Products (including Tobacco)
    2021 - Recommended, Dispute Resolution Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices - Defense
  • "New York Metro Super Lawyers," Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2009, 2013-2016

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  • Speaker, "Committee to Advance the Status of Women in the Profession," New York Women's Bar Association, January 30, 2019


  • Trustee, The Riverdale Y (a/k/a Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association), Riverdale, New York

Memberships And Affiliations

  • New York County Lawyers' Association: Committee on the Federal Courts; Committee on the Supreme Court; Committee on Special Masters; Judiciary Committee
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York