|Portrayed by Julianna Margulies|
|Significant Others:|| Peter Florrick (husband)|
Will Gardner (affair)
|Children:|| Zach Florrick (son)|
Grace Florrick (daughter)
|Relatives:|| Veronica Loy (mother)|
Owen Cavanaugh (brother)
Jackie Florrick (mother-in-law)
Alicia Cavanaugh graduated from law school at the top of her class at Georgetown University around 1994. After graduation, she went to work as a junior associate at the firm Crozier, Abrams & Abbott, where she had the highest number of billable hours for any associate. After her two children, Zach and Grace, were born, she left work to be a stay-at-home mother and political wife.
At the beginning of the show, Alicia had been married for fifteen years to Cook County State's Attorney Peter Florrick (played by Chris Noth). Peter had been disgraced after a sex tape including him was leaked to the press, and allegations followed concerning the misuse of his office. Needing to support her family financially after the scandal, Alicia got in touch with old law school friend Will Gardner and went back to work as a first-year associate at the firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, in competition with the other new junior associate, Cary Agos.
At Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, Alicia found herself at the bottom of the work ladder, trying to juggle both her home life--she had been forced to look after her and Peter's children alone after his imprisonment--and her professional life with the ongoing scandal surrounding her husband.
Alicia confronted Glenn Childs, the attorney whose leak of the sex tape landed her husband in jail. She was shown the full sex tape by Cary, because everyone else had seen it. Her third client, Kenny Chatham, was the son of one of her former friends from her old neighborhood, Highland Park, and who thought of her as a a "fun mom." Alicia saved him from receiving a murder conviction, but his mom continued to resent Alicia.
One night after she went to bed, she remembered having sex with Peter, prior to the release of the sex tape, that ended with him having to take a phone call that was for work.
As Peter's legal team drew closer to his appeal, his lawyer started bribing Alicia and her children with generous gifts and telling her to consider them family, because she had discovered evidence that Peter was home on a day that he was accused of meeting with someone. Instead, she warned them to stay away from her children. However, they soon realized that their only option was to have Alicia testify.
As Alicia and Cary started interviewing candidates for a new assistant, Alicia started arguing with her mother-in-law, Jackie Florrick, about the children and when they would visit their father. As tensions rose between them, Jackie decided to try to win the children over to her side by informing them that Alicia had been spending many nights with her firm's senior partner, Will Gardner, and intimating that something might happen, or had already happened, between the two of them. Jackie also took Zach and Grace to see Peter in prison for Peter's birthday without Alicia's knowledge or consent, which provoked an argument with Alicia.
When Alicia decided to get a retrial for six year death row inmate Clarence Wilcox, whose family believed that he was innocent, Kalinda dug up some information that made Alicia realize that her only option was to have a conjugal visit with her husband. On the day of that conjugal visit, Alicia received information, in the course of the visit, that led her to Glenn Childs, who had previously managed the case. Alicia and Peter held hands and Peter slept next to the bed.
In an effort to win the firm's third partner, Jonas Stern, to her side, Alicia represented his daughter Anna Loeb after she was accused of not preventing an otherwise preventable accident due to her religion. Alicia soon became attracted to her co-counsel on Loeb's case, Ryan Alprin. However, all these feelings quickly died out when Kalinda informed her that Ryan had never passed the bar exam.
Later, Alicia was working alongside Cary as the two prepared witnesses in the case of a university scientist who was accused of setting her lab on fire when Daniel Golden asked her to testify in Peter's appeal much earlier than she had expected. Uncertain she was ready to have Peter home so soon after his involvement in the sex scandal, Alicia did not want to lie in front of everyone in the courtroom. Peter, however, failed to make bail.
Alicia was subsequently asked to represent Jonas Stern after he was accused of battery and DUI. While doing so, Alicia received a call from Amber Madison, the prostitute with whom Peter had been involved, at work, but she ignored it. She confronted Peter about the call and told him to make Amber stop. But Alicia soon found out that both Grace and Zachary knew about their father's sex scandal, and she discussed it with them. As she was leaving work, Amber accosted Alicia, whom she told that Peter had told her he would cause trouble for her unless she stayed away from his family and stopped the release of a tell-all book she was writing. Ignoring everything Amber had said, Alicia drove away, walked into Peter's office, and kissed him.
She soon took on the case of Terence Ramsey, a young boy who had injured a fellow student who had injured yet another classmate more severely by throwing a book at both of them. But the judge refused to accept the plea bargain Alicia had struck with Terence, and sent him to detention for nine months. Infuriated at this, Alicia conducted an investigation of the judge with the assistance of Cary and Kalinda, in whose course she eventually discovered that he might be a racist. Going to Diane for help, Alicia told Diane that she was doing good work. Alicia was also happy to hear that Grace had made a new friend named Shannon.
Peter Florrick met Alicia Cavanaugh for the first time primarily because they were both attorneys, but Alicia did not seem to have Peter's political ambitions, and leaves work as an attorney to become a good political wife. They had been married for fifteen years by the beginning of the show, and had two children named Zachary and Grace Florrick, and lived in a large home in Highland Park, Chicago, for thirteen years. Alicia had never asked Peter any questions about his political activities because she did not believe it was necessary. Glenn Childs, one of Peter's political and personal enemies, revealed Peter's activities with prostitutes by leaking a sex tape to the press, and Peter was convincted on corruption charges and sent to prison.
Alicia remained distant from Peter for several months after, and shied away from physical contact with him. However, she decided that she would not seek a divorce and later testified on Peter's behalf. Peter's devotion to his family was seen clearly when he threatened the prostitute from the sex tape, Amber Madison, and Amber's subsequent silence relieved Alicia so much that she kissed Peter.
While Alicia and Peter remained married, they slept in separate bedrooms while he was released under electronic monitoring. At the end of season two, after Peter won the election for State's Attorney, Alicia discovered he had slept with her friend and co-worker Kalinda Sharma before the scandal. Alicia packed up his boxes while he was celebrating the win with his team and moved him into a new apartment, paying his first three months' rent in advance. They became legally separated, and Alicia consulted David Lee, Lockhart/Gardner's family law specialist, for advice on how to protect herself financially in the face of divorce.
After David Lee reveals to Eli Gold that Alicia has been speaking to him about divorcing Peter, he questions her about it. She is outraged that David Lee even mentioned it to Eli so she says she won't be needing his services anymore, saying she has decided not to divorce. Peter and Alicia's relationship is still strained though.
Will Gardner and Alicia Florrick attended the same law school, Georgetown, and worked together before Alicia married Peter, had children, and resigned. However, after her husband's sex scandal, Alicia presumably contacted Will, looking for a job, and Will selected her for a junior associate position at his firm. They spent many late nights together, which Jackie Florrick, Peter's mother, brought to the children's attention.
After Will lost an important case, Alicia comforted him, telling him he did all that he could, and he kissed her. However, Alicia stopped it there and left the building. Then she seemed to change her mind and returned upstairs, only to find him gone. Their "bad timing" is a refrain throughout their relationship, from Georgetown to the present.
At the end of the first season, Will called Alicia and told her that he did want to be with her, to which Alicia responded by challenging him to come up with a plan. He called back a few seconds later, but when she didn't answer, he left two voicemail messages. The first one said that she was right--he was her boss, and she was his employee, and they should leave it alone. The second, more emotional, message said, "The plan is 'I love you,'" that he had been in love with her since Georgetown and that he would meet her anywhere and they could make a plan. Unbeknownst to either of them, Peter's campaign manager Eli Gold erased the second message, presumably because Alicia's departure would harm Peter's future chances of running for political office. Because Will ended the second message by telling her that if she didn't understand what he was saying, she should ignore it, he did not question her lack of response.
Alicia discovered the existence of the second message the next year when she listened to wiretap recordings and heard Will talking to his friend Henry Baxter about his relationship with her. However, when she asked him what the second message said, he lied and told her it was similar to the first.
After winning the Judge Ellerbee murder trial, Will and Alicia celebrated by doing tequila shots. She asked him about his girlfriend Tammy, and he explained their recent breakup. Will went on to ask her, "What if we were to suddenly have good timing? Just for an hour?" and they got a hotel room together.
When Grace goes missing Alicia blames herself for being distracted by her relationship with Will. She ends their short relationship after Grace is found. When she walks away from him she is seen crying, so she might have strong feelings for him. Will later tells her he doesn't want things to be weird, and they go back to the way things were before. However, it is still strongly hinted that Will is in love with Alicia.
Alicia does have dreams about making love with Will.
Diane acts as a sort-of mentor for Alicia throughout the series. She initially doesn't respect Alicia, but soon finds out that she is a smart, kind, and diligent lawyer. In season 3, Diane and Alicia have an awkward tension because of her affair with Will, which Diane worries compromises their judgments and the integrity of the firm.
Kalinda was Alicia's best friend throughout the first two seasons. She helped Alicia settle in at Lockhart/Gardner and they worked together on numerous cases. After avoiding being indicted, an investigator for the State Attorney's office persued information about Kalinda and discovered that she had infact slept with Peter before the sex scandal. The investigator Wiley turns up during the celebration of Peter's election and tells Alicia of the affair. Alicia breaks down in her apartment. Days later, she confronts Kalinda and says their entire friendship was a lie. Kalinda walks away and cries in the elevator. From then on Kalinda and Alicia had a strained relationship.
Kalinda helps find Alicia's daughter when she went missing and returns her home. Kalinda asks Grace and Zach not to tell their mother that she had helped, though she eventually found out. When Kalinda is arrested by Cary, Alicia makes an effort to find her and free her. When they are sitting in Alicia's car, Kalinda says thanks and Alicia thanks her for finding her daughter.
Alicia wants to rebuild their friendship but says that she can't be the only one being honest. Kalinda agrees and the two start to be friends again.
In Eli Gold's first scene with Alicia, he realizes that she isn't just another politician's wife, and respects her caution and intelligence. At the end of season 1, Alicia asks Eli to have some of his clients switch to her firm, out of fear of being fired. At the end of season 2, Eli joins Lockhart/Gardner and, in season 3, he hopes to restore Peter and Alicia's marriage so Peter can run for the governorship successfully.
Kenneth Chatham's mother and Alicia Florrick had been good friends during the days when Peter and Alicia were still together regularly, and Kenny always saw Alicia as sort of a "fun mom." Kenny showed up at Alicia's office and everyone assumed that he was her son. Having been caught picking up marijuana, he had come to Alicia because he needed a lawyer. Alicia told him that he had to go to the police instead. Kenny told her that she had once been "much cooler" than she had become. Soon, however, Kenny was accused of murder and Alicia was forced to accept his defense. She won the case and prevented Kenny from being jailed. Unfortunately, this result in Alicia being estranged from Kenny's mother, who did not forgive her for what had happened to her son.