Chris Kavanaugh

  • Lecturer

Chris Kavanaugh is an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he investigates and tries cases involving white collar crimes, violent crimes, hate crimes, civil rights violations and threats to national security.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlottesville, Kavanaugh spent seven years with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, where he served in the Appellate, Major Crimes, Homicide, Fraud and Public Corruption, and National Security sections and trained newly appointed assistant U.S. attorneys in evidence and trial skills.

Kavanaugh has represented the United States in more than 30 jury trials. In 2015, Kavanaugh received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for the prosecution and trial of four Blackwater contractors for their role in the Nisour Square Massacre in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007. He has also argued several appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Fourth Circuit.  

Kavanaugh received an engineering degree and graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Tech in 2002. In 2006, he received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received the Trial Advocacy Award given to one member of the graduating class who best exemplified excellence in trial skills. Following graduation, Kavanaugh clerked for U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris of the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria.



  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    Georgia Institute of Technology

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