James P. Cavanaugh


Email jcavanaugh@fishermaas.com

Phone (317) 578-1900 x528

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Jim is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been a resident of Indianapolis since beginning law school in 1982.  He joined Fisher Maas Howard Lloyd & Wheeler as an attorney in 2020 after a longtime partnership in a previous firm.

Jim’s practice has been state-wide and involves third-party insurance defense, insurance coverage and insurance subrogation litigation, including court trials, jury trials and appeals.  Jim has also maintained a practice in wills, trusts, guardianships and estates, including trust and probate litigation. 

Practice Areas

Educational Background

Ball State University, 1982 (Economics and Finance)

Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, 1985

Business Editor, Indiana Law Review 1984-85

Bar Admission and Courts of Practice

Admitted to practice 1985

Admitted to Indiana state courts and to Federal Courts for Indiana’s Northern and Southern Districts

Professional Memberships

Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations

Jim's Staff

Teresa Tirro

Legal Assistant to Marc Lloyd, and Jim Cavanaugh

Desiree Scott

Paralegal to Marc Lloyd, Steve Wheeler, and Jim Cavanaugh

Jim's Blog Entires

Tavern Not Liable for Parking Lot Attack

You run a tavern.  After a reasonably quiet night you close at 3 am.  One of your customers had been there for a while, having friendly conversations with bartenders and other guests during the evening.  It was the habit of customers to hang out in the parking lot for a while after closing time, and...
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You Buried Him WHERE?

It would not seem to be a controversial idea that one who buys a cemetery plot remains entitled to it after discovering that the cemetery mistakenly re-sold it to another and then buried him in it.  But just such a case recently made it all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court (after two separate...
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