Appeals

An appeal is a post judgment proceeding after a trial court judge enters a final judgment on a matter.  Appeals are legally academic; a brief must be written to the Appellate Court explaining why a trial court judge was incorrect in his or her interpretation of the law, how the appellate court should rule, and why.  Many of our attorneys have successfully handled appeals in the areas of law in which they typically practice and many truly enjoy appellate work.  

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Business and Corporate Law

Our attorneys serve as general corporate counsel for numerous local businesses.  Each business is governed by its own laws and regulations and navigation of every day processes requires legal expertise to avoid costly mistakes and later lawsuits.  Our team of corporate/business lawyers can help with policy, labor negotiations, lawsuit defense and regulation compliance.  We are experts at business formation, corporate compliance, and taxation. 

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Criminal Law

Kavanagh attorneys have over 35 years of experience providing criminal defense.  We have handled cases as simple as ordinance violations or traffic and DUI matters to complex cases involving murder, robbery, burglary, sex offenses, drug offenses and appeals.  Whether your matter is federal or state, contact us to make sure that you are adequately represented.

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Family Law

Among Kavanagh's attorneys there are litigators, certified mediators, court approved guardians ad litem, and certified collaborative law professionals; as a result, we can not only assist you in your divorce or custody action - but we can do so in numerous different ways.  Depending on the client's needs, mediation or a collaborative law solution may assist your family and allow you to get the necessary paperwork completed while preserving your integrity and your assets.  In other situations, there may be no other choice but a full litigation.  Families are unique;  your legal representation must be tailored to your specific situation to give you the best outcome with the least stress.

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Labor and Employment Law

Our experience in labor law and employment law really comes through our experience representing public tax dollar supported entities and corporations.  We understand the processes management must adhere to when dealing with Unions and non-Union employees alike.  It is our goal to help you avoid litigation, keep in compliance with all labor laws and defend you when you are audited or facing a claim from either an employee or an Illinois governmental agency.  We have extensive experience in front of the Illinois Labor Board as well as the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission, and the Illinois Department of Labor.  Of course, we are also experienced negotiators and have the ability and willingness to help you negotiate a contract with your employees that will not break or your employees' spirits.

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Landlord and Tenant Law

Whether you are a commercial or a residential landlord, the Kavanagh Firm can provide excellent service to help you keep your Units rented with paying and responsible tenants.  We have extensive experience with evictions, suits for damages, Section 8 concerns, agency enforcement, property and income tax concerns, building code enforcement defense, as well as intergovernmental and inter-business agreements.  Additionally, our staff is uniquely organized to provide regular notice and eviction services. 

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Litigation

Litigation is the term used for actual court practice.  Our litigation team is comfortable in the Courtroom, familiar with the judges and court procedures, and, of course, consists of excellent advocates.  Our strength is in our experience which we leverage to explain your position with precision, while managing your case and expectations through the pre-trial preparation, settlement negotiations, and trial. 

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Municipal Law (Libraries, School Districts, Villages and Towns, Fire Protection and Police Department Districts, Housing Authorities and other municipalities)

Kavanagh Attorneys have the experience necessary to protect Illinois municipal entities such as school districts, libraries (District libraries and municipal libraries), municipalities and cities, fire protection, police, and park districts,   We have negotiated contracts, represented clients at arbitration hearings, practiced before the EEOC, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, the US Court of Claims, and HUD.  We can help you avoid suit through policy development, and familiarity with Sunshine laws such as FOIA and the Illinois Open Meetings Act.  We have represented school districts for over 40 years and fully understand Special Education laws, the school code's numerous requirements and regulations, and student issues.  Finally, we are familiar with Tax Increment Financing, its requirements and its benefits and costs; we are experienced with public land acquisition and even property demolition for eminent domain or blight avoidance.  We are uniquely qualified and experienced to assist you. 

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Real Estate

Real Estate can be as simple or it can be extremely complicated.  The Attorneys at Kavanagh have you covered on all fronts.  From the simple purchase or sale of a residential home with or without a mortgage, to acquisitions of corporations, agricultural properties, public properties forced to meet strict bonding requirements, and the purchase and development of large tracts of land; Kavanagh Attorneys will provide expert guidance to make sure your real estate issue is resolved.  

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Trusts, Estates and Probate Administration

Kavanagh's attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in complex estate and trust issues.  As a result, you can be confident that your will, trust, or powers of attorney documents are created correctly with the tax knowledge necessary to obtain the results you seek.  Additionally, when it is time to administer the trust or will, or probate an estate without a will or trust, our attorneys are here to help you manage the process.

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