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HCC Attorneys Selected by Super Lawyers, New England

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.

October 17th, 2019|

Providence Business News Profiles HCC’s Expansion in Neighboring States

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney’s recent expansion within Massachusetts and Connecticut was the subject of a feature article in the Providence Business News. The publication also reported on the firm’s depth and breadth in a number of key practice areas in an interview with Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri. The firm’s relocation of its headquarters to new and expanded office space in downtown Providence was also mentioned. To view the complete article, please click here.

October 7th, 2019|

40 Insurance Professionals Attend HCC Seminar on Using Social Media and Publicly Available Sources to Defend Workers’ Compensation Claims

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.

October 1st, 2019|

2019 HCC Seminar: Using Social Media To Defend Workers’ Compensation Claims

Higgins Cavanagh & Cooney is sponsoring a seminar entitled, “Applying the Latest Social Media Techniques in Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims,” which will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, R.I. on Thursday, September 26th from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

The keynote speaker is Michele Stuart, who consults and trains federal, state and local 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. She 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 (OSINT), counter intelligence, insurance fraud investigations, and financial investigations. For this presentation, she will focus primarily on the use of social media and publicly available sources in investigations.

James T. Hornstein, Managing Partner of the Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Workers’ Compensation Department, and Thomas R. Bender, former Associate Counsel at Brown University and now Of Counsel to the firm, will present a brief overview of relevant court decisions.

This seminar is designed to address new and emerging issues in social media unique to workers’ compensation practice. This complimentary program is specially planned for interested insurance professionals and in-house counsel.

A copy of the program brochure is available here.

August 27th, 2019|

James Ruggieri and Gerald DeMaria Ranked Among the Best Lawyers in America

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP, is pleased to announce that James A. Ruggieri and Gerald C. DeMaria were recently recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Their areas of expertise include product liability litigation defense and personal injury litigation defense. James Ruggieri also maintains an active employment law practice.

The Best Lawyers of America is considered one the foremost peer-reviewed resources for selecting the best legal talent worldwide. For the current edition, only five percent of lawyers in private practice were selected as Best Lawyers.

In addition to these designations, Gerald DeMaria was also named a “Lawyer of the Year” recipient for his work in the area of personal injury litigation defense. This honor is based upon the extremely high evaluations that he received among his peers within the State of Rhode Island.

The overall process begins when lawyers are nominated for consideration. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an additional validation process. Only then can these attorneys be recognized by Best Lawyers.

August 15th, 2019|