Areas of Expertise
  • Civil Practice
  • Business / Transactional Law
  • Real Estate


202 E. Fifth Street
Sterling IL 61081

Work Phone: (815) 625-8200
Work Fax: (815) 625-8363

Mitchell J. Kavanagh


Mr. Kavanagh earned his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2019. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2015, where he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Sigma Nu Fraternity, and the Order of Omega, graduating cum laude with a minor in History. He earned his Master of Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2020.

Bar Admissions & Associations

Mr. Kavanagh was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2019 and the Illinois Bar in 2020. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State, Whiteside, and Lee County Bar Associations.

Experience & Community Connections

Mr. Kavanagh is a native of Peoria, Illinois, where he previously worked before joining Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson in January 2024. He now resides in Sterling with his wife Allie (a Sterling native) and operates out of both the Firm’s Sterling and Dixon offices. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria.



NOTICE: The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law, nor does it recognize certifications of expertise in any phase of the practice of law by an agency, governmental or private, or by any group, organization, or association, except for “patent”, “trademark”, or “admiralty.”