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 over thirty-five 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 also conducts private mediations and arbitrations when requested.

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) from 2011-2018. Tim was also selected by BEST’s as a top lawyer in either insurance law, commercial litigation or appellate practice from 2015 to the present.  Further, Tim has been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business magazine.  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 has served 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

  • PHOENIX Magazine Top Lawyer in Appellate Law (2022)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona, 2011 – 2018
  • Southwest Super Lawyers for insurance coverage, 2007 – current
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, Commercial Litigation and Appellate Practice, 2015 – Present
  • Top 100 lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine, 2015 – present
  • Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, 2006
  • 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, 1985

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court 2005
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1985


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

Judicial Clerkships

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

News & Publications

2021 The Best Lawyers in America

The Cavanagh Law Firm is pleased to announce that 14 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  We are also deeply proud to announce that The Best Lawyers in America also named Phil C. Gerard the Family Law...

Firm Attorneys Recognized As America’s Most Honored Lawyers

America's Most Honored Lawyer Recognition The Cavanagh Law Firm is proud to recognize that many of our attorneys have recently received professional honors as America's Most Honored Lawyers by American Registry. Thirteen of the Firm’s attorneys have been awarded the...

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.