Kelsey D. Peck has joined Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney as an attorney in the Litigation Department after having served as a law clerk with the firm for more than two years. She is admitted to practice in the state courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Kelsey attended Seattle University, graduating magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in 2012. She subsequently earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Roger Williams University School of Law.
Prior to joining HCC, Kelsey served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She also interned at the R.I. Office of the Attorney General in both the Appellate Unit and Child Abuse Unit. In addition, she was a research assistant to both the legal writing specialist and professional responsibility professor at Roger Williams School of Law. During law school, she received a CALI distinction for professional legal writing.
Kelsey was a member of Moot Court and was President of Moot Court during her third year of law school. Kelsey was also the recipient of Best Overall Oral Advocates Award at the UCLA Cyber Crimes Moot Court Competition in Los Angeles. This annual Moot Court competition is open to law schools across the nation, exploring cutting-edge issues in the field of cyber law.
Before entering law school, Kelsey was employed by a leading financial institution as director of business operations.
HCC Again Named a Tier 1 Law Firm in Metropolitan Providence by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recently released their “Best Law Firms” selections for the State of Rhode Island.
Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney received a Tier 1 law firm ranking for Personal Injury – Defendants and Product Liability – Defendants in Metropolitan Providence by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2020.
This marks the seventh consecutive year that Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has received this Tier 1 designation in these particular practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.
The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
Firms selected in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence as a result of persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.
“We are pleased and proud to be recognized once again by our clients and colleagues in such a fashion. This distinction, afforded by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, underscores the depth of our experience and the extent of our legal talent at Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney,” said Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri.
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.
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 a wide-ranging 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 Providence Business News.
40 Insurance Professionals Attend HCC Seminar on Using Social Media and Publicly Available Sources to Defend 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.