Higgins Cavanagh & Cooney recently sponsored a seminar titled, “Applying the Latest Social Media Techniques in Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims.”

The keynote speaker was Michele Stuart, who consults and trains law enforcement agencies, the military intelligence communities, the insurance industry as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies and professional sports organizations in open source, social media and cellular security. Her remarks focused on the use of social media and publicly available sources in investigations.

Ms. Stuart has been an instructor at Quantico (FBI Academy) and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. Her areas of expertise include open-source intelligence, counter intelligence, insurance fraud investigations, and financial investigations.

James T. Hornstein, Managing Partner of the Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Workers’ Compensation Department, introduced Ms. Stuart, and Thomas R. Bender, former Associate Counsel at Brown University and now Of Counsel to the firm, concluded the program with an overview of relevant court decisions.

This seminar was designed to address new and emerging issues in social media unique to workers’ compensation practice. This complimentary seminar was the fourth program during the past five years that has been developed by Mr. Hornstein to aid insurance professionals and in-house counsel in defending workers’ compensation claims.

The program was approved for continuing legal education credit by the accrediting body of the R.I. Supreme Court and was held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, R.I. Forty insurance professionals attended.

Pictured at center is Michele Stuart, President of JAG Investigations, Inc. of Gilbert Arizona. At her right is James T. Hornstein, Esq. Photographed from left are paralegal Marie Parente, Partner Courtney L. Manchester, Esq., Thomas R. Bender, Esq., and Sarah E. Wheeler, Esq.