Joseph Z. Cavanah


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Practice Areas

Maritime Law
Commercial & Securities Litigation & Appellate Law
Probate, Wills & Estates
Insurance & Annuity law

Joe Cavanah is an associate in the South Shore office of Greer Herz & Adams, L.L.P. Joe concentrates his practice on commercial litigation matters.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Joe spent five years in the United States Navy.   Shortly after being injured in Navy SEAL training, Joe assumed supervision of the armory aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.  He completed two deployments between 2003 and 2007.


  • Tulane University Law School – J.D., 2013 (Maritime Law)
    • Senior Articles Editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal
    • Senior Fellow assisting foreign post-doctoral students in International L.L.M. program
  • University of Colorado – B.A., magna cum laude, 2010, (History & Anthropology)
  • Naval Leadership School, 2005


  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association (MLA) of the United States
    • Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, Member (2014)
    • Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships Committee, Member (2014)
    • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Member (2014)
      • Maritime Liens and Mortgages subcommittee, Member (2014)
    • Young Lawyers Committee, Member (2014)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Galveston County Bar Association
    • Outstanding Young Lawyer (2017)
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Admiralty Section, Member
  • 2017 Federal Bar Conference Committee
    • Southern District of Texas

Recognitions / Publications

“Dangerous Goods Liability in the Age of Containerization: WARNING! This Comment May (or May Not) Self-Destruct”  37 Tul. Mar. L.J. 147