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Gordon Cavanaugh, American lawyer, specializing in the field of Legislation, Administrative Law, Public Housing, Community Development. Member of Reno & Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh, Gordon was born on April 3, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Gordon Aloysius and Margaret Cecelia (McNulty) Cavanaugh.


Bachelor cum laude, Fordham College, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, University Pennsylvania, 1953. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Pennsylvania.


Worked at Reno & Cavanaugh (Washington, DC) specializing in Affordable Housing and Real Estate Transactions, Public Housing, Community Development, Legislation, Administrative Law, and Special Litigation. Nonprofit Organizations, Captive Insurance and Employment Law. Admitted to the bar, 1954, Pennsylvania.

1957, United States. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 1988, District of Columbia. Member, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1952-1953.

Author: "Ending Severely Distressed Public Housing-a Congressional Initiative, a HUD Challenge," American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Vol.3, November 1, Fall, 1993. General Counsel to the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, 1981—. Administrator, Farmers Home Administration, United States.

Department of Agriculture, 1977-1981. Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council, 1971-1977. Housing Director, 1968-1971 and Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, 1966-1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Private and public law practice, 1953-1966. Member, National Housing Task Force 1987-1988. Chair, Cooperative Housing Foundation.

Member: The District of Columbia Bar. Pennsylvania and American (Member: Administrative Law Section. Affordable Housing Forum) Bar Associations.

Reno & Cavanaugh was formed in 1977 with the goal to provide quality legal services to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the housing conditions of low-income people throughout the country. Since then, the firm's practice has expanded to provide a broad range of legal and legislative advocacy services to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, consultants and small businesses. While the firm's practice focuses on the development of affordable and public housing and related issues, its general counseling of nonprofit organizations and small businesses involves it in a much broader range of legal issues including corporate formation and governance, government contracts and procurement, federal income tax exemptions and low-income housing tax credits, alternative insurance mechanisms (captive insurance entities and risk retention groups), administrative and legislative lobbying, and employment matters.

The six-lawyer firm represents clients who are located throughout the United States and abroad.


Member, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 1952-1953.


Married Joan McNichol, February 6, 1960. Children: Gordon A., Ann, Sean, Barbara.