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Daniel Cavanaugh

Daniel Cavanaugh

DUI Attorney - ACS Forensic Lawyer-Scientist
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law
  • Florida
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Daniel M. Cavanaugh has been a successful trial attorney for over 25 years. He grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Naples in 1997 where he started his legal career. He has been recognized for his trial skills as the recipient of multiple awards including Attorney of the Year at the State Attorneys Office in Fort Myers. Dan Cavanaugh has received the highest possible rating by his peers by being rated AV Preeminent®.

Criminal Defense
Mr. Cavanaugh focuses his practice on DUI cases and criminal defense. In 2022 he was designated ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer Scientist.

Mr. Cavanaugh prosecuted in Lee County (Special Victim’s Unit) and served as Chief Assistant State Attorney in Hendry and Glades counties. He was the Misdemeanor and Juvenile Chief in the Collier County State Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Mr. Cavanaugh handled serious and high profile cases including being featured on the Dateline NBC “To Catch a Predator” series. He also sat on the hiring and death penalty committee.

He has trained prosecutors and law enforcement in both Florida and Vermont. Specifically, he was a part-time instructor at the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy and organized and presented quarterly trainings to a cross-section of law enforcement at inter-agency trainings in both states.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Mr. Cavanaugh has spent many years successfully pursuing personal injury claims including Wrongful Death, Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents, Slip and Fall and those victimized by Sexual and Physical Abuse.

Springfield College
B.S. | Psychology/Criminal Justice
Honors: Apha Nu Omega
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Professional Experience
Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Immigration Attorney
Hurtado Cavanaugh
Chief Deputy
Office of State Attorney, Vermont
Articles & Publications
Acknowledging Victims is Just the Beginning
The Times-Argus
Criminal Justice Reform
Character Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases
Collier County Bar Association, Adverse Witness
Speaking Engagements
numerous lectures to prosecutors and law enforcement, ask for a full listing
“10 Best” Attorneys
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys™
AV Preeminent®
Martindale Hubbel
Received the highest possible rating by his peers by being rated AV Preeminent®
“Top Lawyer”
Gulfshore Life Magazine
Outstanding Community Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children
Governor Bush
Recognized by Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program for Outstanding Community Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children and the Guardian ad Litem Program, with five members of the Special Victim’s Unit of the State Attorney’s Office
Attorney of the Year
Office of the State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit
Trial Team Award
Office of the State Attorney
Professional Associations
American Chemical Society
- Current
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Florida State Bar  # 128015
- Current
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Collier County Bar Association
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    personal injury and wrongful death matters
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A.
2180 Immokalee Rd
Naples, FL 34110
Telephone: (239) 309-2006
Cell: (239) 449-8585