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Welcome To The Team Allie!

HCC is pleased to announce the addition of Allie Rampy as a law clerk in our Providence office. Allie is a 3L at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, where she was a Student Fellow in the Community Development Clinic, directly assisting clients in entity formation, tax status analysis, land use, zoning, and entity dissolution matters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Political Science. Previously, Allie was a Judicial Extern in the Maricopa County Superior Court and is currently externing remotely for the Arizona Court of Appeals. Welcome, Allie! We are proud to have you on board!

2024-02-27T06:45:47-05:00February 27th, 2024|

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP Welcomes a New Partner

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian W. Haynes to partner. Brian’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage, product liability, and insurance defense. He regularly represents clients in both state and federal court, and at both the trial and appellate levels. He also has experience representing clients in international commercial arbitration.

Brian is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (B.A., 2005) and of Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2011). He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  He joined HCC in 2017.

2024-01-18T13:24:26-05:00January 18th, 2024|

HCC extends it continuing condolences to the Borden family.

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP would like to recognize and honor the memory of retired senior partner Kenneth P. Borden, Sr., who passed away on December 23, 2023, at the age of 87. A link to his obituary is below.

Ken worked through the ranks of HCC over the course of 42 years until his retirement in 2006 as senior partner. KPB meaningfully, and uniquely, helped this firm and its attorneys grow with his intelligence, honesty, and candor. His representation of clients with zealous advocacy was unquestioned.

His regular presence at our annual holiday parties will be missed.

Kenneth P. Borden Sr., Esq. – Scituate | Obituaries | valleybreeze.com

2024-01-06T06:48:25-05:00January 6th, 2024|


September is National Sepsis Awareness Month. This year, HCC proudly celebrates the enactment of Rhode Island House Bill 5869, which establishes improved protocols for the early detection and treatment of sepsis. The bill is the culmination of a tireless, four-year effort by HCC’s Tara Cirella, her husband, Skip, and the Gianna Cirella Memorial Foundation to improve health outcomes for Rhode Islanders suffering from this deadly condition.

HCC is proud to have partnered with DCRI charitable programs and DRI Cares to support Tara, Skip, and the Gianna Cirella Memorial Foundation in their efforts to make this bill a reality. We hope that you will join us by wearing purple in recognition of their achievement and to promote continued research and advocacy for this special cause.

To make a donation to support the Gianna Cirella Memorial Foundation’s ongoing work, please visit https://www.gistrong.org/donate.

2023-09-29T14:09:38-04:00September 28th, 2023|

HCC Participates in The Fifth Annual Edition of Tour de Rhody

Despite the rain, it was a fantastic day cycling on the unpaved fire roads surrounding the Scituate Reservoir. Tour de Rhody is a fundraising event hosted by the Lifespan Cancer Institute. Its mission is to support cutting edge research and cancer trials designed by Brown University Oncology Research Group. Great job Austin Hevey, for supporting such a great cause!

For more information regarding Tour de Rhody, please visit https://tourderhody.com/

2023-09-26T12:43:48-04:00September 26th, 2023|

HCC Welcomes Attorneys Austin M. Hevey and Brooke E. Pearsons

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP is pleased to announce that Attorneys Austin M. Hevey and Brooke E. Pearsons have joined the firm.

Austin M. Hevey is admitted in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to joining the firm, Austin worked as a high school English teacher. He served as chairperson of his school’s accreditation committee and was responsible for curriculum writing and development. Austin is also an avid runner and cyclist. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Massachusetts School of Law.

Brooke E. Pearsons is admitted in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Prior to joining the firm, Brooke served as a judicial law clerk at the Rhode Island Workers Compensation Court. While at law school, Brooke served as an editor for the Law Review. She Graduated from Roger Williams University and Roger Williams School of Law.

2023-09-20T16:49:07-04:00September 20th, 2023|

Higgins Cavanagh & Cooney Attorney Participates in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Forum

HCC attorney Melissa Horne recently participated in a Legal Clinic hosted by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program for its Community College of Rhode Island cohort. The clinic offered small business owners an opportunity to participate in a discussion led by a panel of three local attorneys about legal challenges facing small businesses today. Ms. Horne also addressed the participants’ specific legal questions about contractual issues and statutory and regulatory concerns.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program provides business education, support services and pathways to capital for growth-oriented entrepreneurs. The 12-week curriculum focuses on providing qualified small business managers with practical skills they can use to recognize new business opportunities, increase business growth and develop a customized growth plan for their business.

Attorney Horne has participated in several Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses Legal Clinics and counsels a number of clients who have completed the 10K Small Businesses program. If you are a business owner who has questions about business law issues, please contact Melissa at mhorne@hcc-law.com.

2023-08-28T12:40:23-04:00August 28th, 2023|

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP is pleased to announce that several attorneys from the firm were recently recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

Partners James Ruggieri, Paul CallaghanStephen Cooney, and Peter Garvey, Associate Brian Haynes and of Counsel Gerald DeMaria, were named in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

In Rhode Island, James Ruggieri was recognized for Employment Law – Management and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Paul Callaghan was named for Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance. Peter Garvey was listed for Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants. Stephen Cooney was named for defending Mass Tort Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability – Defendants, and Litigation – Insurance. Gerald DeMaria was recognized for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Also, Brian Haynes was listed for Insurance Law. Also notable is this is the 20th year Gerald DeMaria has been listed as a Best Lawyer and the 5th for James Ruggieri. Newly recognized are Peter Garvey and Brian Haynes. Brian was previously listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch.

Finally, The Best Lawyers in America® also honors attorneys for their accomplishments and professional excellence early in their careers. The “Ones to Watch” selected from HCC were associates Adrianna Hughes and Meagan Bellamy. This is the second time Adrianna Hughes was recognized for Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers. Meagan Bellamy was listed for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

The Best Lawyers in America® is very selective and only features the top 6% of private practicing attorneys in the United States. These prestigious recognitions represent noteworthy accomplishments, and it is considered one of the leading peer-reviewed resources for choosing the finest legal talent. The selection process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. Those individuals who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional validation process. Only then can these attorneys be recognized by Best Lawyers.

2023-08-16T15:07:43-04:00August 16th, 2023|