Timothy R. Hyland
Timothy R. Hyland
Senior Member

Representative Experience

Timothy R. Hyland is a Senior Member in the Phoenix office of The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.  He has been representing the insurance industry in complex insurance coverage and litigation matters for thirty years.  He has extensive experience in the analysis and litigation of complex insurance claims and coverage in both the first-party and third-party contexts.  Mr. Hyland’s practice involves many lines of insurance including automobile, property, general liability, professional responsibility, life, health and disability.

Tim’s practice also includes substantial commercial business and personal injury matters for businesses and individuals.  Tim has litigated matters involving wrongful death, trucking accidents, premises liability, commercial business disputes and real estate and homeowner association matters.

Tim has been selected for inclusion in the SOUTHWEST SUPERLAWYERS (r) every year since 2007 for insurance coverage. Mr. Hyland has also been named one of the top 50 lawyers in Arizona by SOUTHWEST SUPERLAWYERS (r) every year since 2011. Tim was also selected by BEST’s as a top lawyer in insurance law from 2015 to the present.  Further, Tim has been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business magazine from 2015 to the present.  Tim has previously served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Arizona Court of Appeals.  Tim is rated as an AV Preeminent Attorney.

Tim has served in a number of volunteer activities both professionally and in the community.  Such activities include: service as a Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates; participation on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness including a year as its Chair; and service on the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors and the Maricopa County Bar Association Board of Directors.   Tim has also served as a faculty member on several seminar panels both for the legal profession and in presentations to insurance clients. Tim is also proud to serve on the Board of Trustees of All Saints’ Episcopal Day School.

Tim graduated with High Distinction in 1985 with High Distinction from the University of Arizona College of Law.  Tim is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, the Maricopa County Bar Association, and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

Associations & Activities

  • Board of Trustees, All Saints’ Episcopal Day School
  • Arizona Supreme Court Chair of Committee on Character and Fitness (2008-2009); Committee on Character and Fitness (2002-2009); Judicial Performance Review Team (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
  • American Bar Association Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2001-2009); Delegate YLD Assembly (1992-1996); Fellow of the American Bar Association Member, TIPS Section
  • Arizona State Bar Association Board of Governors Member (1995-1996); Member, Appellate Section
  • Arizona State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Arizona YLD President (1995-1996); Executive Council (1992-1997)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association; Maricopa County Bar Association Board of Directors (1992-1993; 1994-2001)
  • Maricopa County Young Lawyers Division MCBA/YLD President (1992-1993); Board of Directors (1988-1994)
  • Foundation For Legal Services and Education; Fellow of the Foundation LRE Committee (1999-2009)
  • Maricopa County Superior Court Hearing Officer Selection Committee (2000-2002); Maricopa County Civil Study Committee (1990-1991)
  • Legislative Intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1982
  • Legislative Intern to the Chairman of the Committee on Transportation, House of Representatives, Arizona State Legislature, 1982

Awards & Recognition

  • Southwest Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2011 – current
  • Southwest Super Lawyers for insurance coverage, 2007 – current
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2015 – present
  • Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, 2006
  • Top 100 lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business agazine, 2015 – present
  • MCBA Robert M. Mills Member of the Year Award 2003
  • Young Lawyer of the Year, 1998
  • Attorney Award for Excellence in LRE, 1998
  • MCBA Robert M. Mills Member of the Year Award, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • Arizona State Courts


  • University of Arizona (J.D. with High Distinction, 1985)
  • Grand Canyon College, (B.A. Behavorial Science and Government with High Distinction, 1982)

Judicial Clerkships

  • Hon. James Duke Cameron, Arizona Supreme Court, 1985 – 1986

News & Publications

Cavanagh Law Firm Receives Top-notch 2019 Awards with First-Rate Attorneys

The Cavanagh Law Firm is an outstanding and distinguished law firm in Arizona that covers a variety of practices. The Firm’s exceptional lawyers have an impressive history litigating complex and sophisticated cases.  The firm has been recognized by U.S. News - Best...

15 Attorneys Named as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Southwest Super Lawyers selected 12 senior attorneys for its 2017 honor. Named for this honor are Helen R. Davis, William M. Demlong, Philip C. Gerard, Connie T. Gould, Christina S. Hamilton, Ralph E. Hunsaker, Timothy R. Hyland, Steven Plitt, Elliot H. Wernick, Richard J. Woods and Jerry D. Worsham II. Steven J. Gross, Jordan R. Plitt and John K. Wittwer were named as up-and-coming, Rising Stars.

Best Lawyers in America List for 2017 Is Announced

Ten lawyers from the Firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Helen Davis – Family Law; Philip Gerard – Family Law; Terry Rakow – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law; Scott Rose – Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law; Richard Woods – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Ralph Hunsaker – Litigation – Insurance; Scott Salmon – Product Liability Litigation; Timothy Hyland – Insurance Law; Steven Plitt – Insurance Law; William Demlong – Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance.

2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Named

Ten senior attorneys were named as 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers. In the practice area of Family Law, Christina Hamilton, Helen Davis and Philip Gerard were honored; Richard Woods and Ralph Hunsaker were named in the Personal Injury Defense–General category; Kerry Griggs was listed in the Personal Injury Products – Defense category; Timothy Hyland and Steve Plitt were named in the Insurance Coverage category; and William Demlong and Elliot Wernick were honored in the Civil Litigation: Defense category.