Jaimie Cavanaugh is a litigator with the Institute for Justice who works out of IJ’s Minnesota Office. Her practice focuses on protecting economic liberty, private property rights, and free speech.
Jaimie joined IJ in 2018. Some of her current cases include challenges to irrational occupational licenses in Georgia and Louisiana and a federal class-action seeking to end Wayne County, Michigan’s vehicle forfeiture program. She also represents entrepreneurs in Kentucky seeking to eliminate a law that prevents them providing home health services to refugees and immigrants.
Before joining IJ, Jaimie worked to defend private property rights as an attorney with Mountain States Legal Foundation. While there, her cases included constitutional challenges to municipal zoning ordinances and several challenges to agency decisions and rulemakings in federal and state courts.
Growing up outside Detroit, Jaimie learned that individuals, not the government, know what is best for themselves and their families. Jaimie studied Linguistics and German at the University of Michigan and earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado. Following law school, she completed a judicial fellowship with Justice Monica M. Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court and interned for Exxon Mobil in Hanover, Germany.