Hayes Kavanagh

J. Hayes Kavanagh portrait


(212) 906-8302


Practice Areas

General corporate, banking, business immigration, international joint venture, employment and financial transaction law. Extensive experience in the representation of European firms becoming established in the U.S. through subsidiaries, joint ventures, distributors or licensees.


University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1962, cum laude); University of Michigan (M.A. Germanic Languages, 1965; M.A. Linguistics, 1969; Ph.D. Linguistics, 1970; J.D., 1973). Fulbright Scholar, Marburg University, Germany, 1962 – 1963.

Bar Admission

1973, Michigan; 1974, New York.

Professional History

Associated with White & Case, New York and Washington, D.C. 1974 – 1982, which included a two-year assignment to the Frankfurt office of a major German Law firm (then, Westrick & Eckholdt, now Freshfields), 1978 – 1980. Partner, Kavanagh & Collins, 1983 – 1987. Partner, Kavanagh Maloney & Osnato LLP, 1987 – 2013. Partner, Kavanagh Dahl & Knight LLP, since its founding in 2013.


Author, Die Corporation als Gesellschaftsform in den USA (“The Corporation as a Legal Entity in USA”); Deutsche Bank (1980); Visa und Arbeitserlaubnis für die USA/Visas and Work Permits for the USA; German-American Chamber of Commerce, 6th ed., 2009; also published in Spanish and English by The Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 2007, and in English by The Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 2003.


Member, Board of Directors of German-American Chamber of Commerce, 1992 – present; U.S.-Austrian Chamber of Commerce, 2001 – present; and Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2002 – present.


German and Spanish.