HCC partner Peter E. Garvey was recently recognized in the 2019 edition of Super Lawyers, New England for his expertise in the areas of professional liability, personal injury defense, and insurance defense.

Super Lawyers is a national rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. No more than five percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island receive the “Super Lawyer” designation.

Peter maintains an active litigation practice throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He also defends businesses in matters of alleged negligence including premises liability, liquor liability and insurance defense. In the process, he has achieved considerable success in defending major retailers and companies involved in the hospitality field.

After graduating from law school, Peter served as a law clerk to justices of the Superior Courts for Connecticut and Rhode Island. He earned his B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and his J.D. from New England School of Law, where he graduated with honors.

In addition to Peter’s selection, partners J. David Freel and Kristina I. Hultman and associate Kurt A. Rocha were chosen as “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers, New England. This marks the fifth consecutive year that both David and Kristina have received this exclusive designation. They were all recognized for their expertise in the field of civil litigation.

J. David Freel represents corporate clients in all phases of litigation within the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, product liability, and employment law. He earned his B.A., with highest distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law, where he served as the executive articles editor of the law review. He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

Kristina I. Hultman focuses her practice on product liability, premises liability, insurance defense, and professional liability. She has had extensive trial experience on behalf of major corporations. She is the Treasurer of the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island and the DRI State Membership Chair for Rhode Island. She graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law, where she was an editor of the law review. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Kurt Rocha’s practice encompasses premises liability, personal injury defense, and insurance law. He is admitted in three jurisdictions: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the firm, Kurt worked at leading civil litigation law firms in New England.

Kurt received his law degree from Roger Williams University, cum laude, in 2011. He obtained his B.S. in Criminal Justice from the same institution in 2007, where he also received a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice in 2011.

To be eligible for inclusion as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, New England, an attorney must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less.  No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in any given state receive the designation of a “Rising Star” in any one year.