Rhode Island Monthly Honors Eight HCC Attorneys

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased to announce that eight of the firm’s attorneys were recently recognized for Excellence in the Law honors by Rhode Island Monthly. Only 6% of practicing attorneys in Rhode Island were selected. The honorees, who are listed below, were chosen based on several factors that included peer reviews and professional standing.

James A. Ruggieri concentrates his practice in products liability, insurance coverage, and employment litigation.

Paul S. Callaghan concentrates in construction litigation, insurance coverage, civil litigation, transportation litigation, and maritime litigation.

Peter E. Garvey focuses his practice on premises liability, insurance coverage, general litigation, and business litigation.

Stephen P. Cooney concentrates in the areas of product liability litigation and insurance litigation. He also defends mass tort class actions.

Melissa M. Horne focuses her practice primarily in business litigation.

Gerald C. DeMaria is widely recognized for his expertise in product liability litigation and personal injury litigation.

James Ruggieri, Paul Callaghan, Peter Garvey, and Stephen Cooney are Partners with the firm. Melissa Horne and Gerald DeMaria are Of Counsel.

In addition, Adrianna Hughes and Tyler J. Pare were recognized by Rhode Island Monthly as “Rising Stars” for their accomplishments early in their careers.

Adrianna Hughes and Tyler Pare are Associates with the firm.

May 24th, 2022|

HCC Named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Leading American Law Firms

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased and privileged to be named in the Bar Register, the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America.

The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers is an invaluable reference for lawyers and sophisticated purchasers of legal services looking for the leading practitioners in any given location or practice area.

Only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory are included.

For over 100 years, the Bar Register has been a unique reference to the legal community’s most eminent practitioners. The Bar Register’s listings are updated and verified each year.

May 24th, 2022|

Spring Social a Big Success

Partners, former partners, lawyers, and staff at Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney recently gathered for a fun-filled social at a popular rooftop restaurant in downtown Providence. A wonderful time was had by one and all.

May 4th, 2022|

Gerald DeMaria Awarded the 2022 Judicial Edition AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Gerald C. DeMaria has just received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting confidential assessments from not only his peers in private practice but also from members of the judiciary familiar with his work.

This coveted 2022 AV-Rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s Judicial Edition represents the pinnacle of professional excellence as measured through a strenuous evaluative process managed and monitored by the world’s leading legal resource, Martindale-Hubbell.

As one of the legal industry’s oldest and most prestigious legal ranking organizations, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings sets the gold standard in attorney ratings.

In addition to this special honor, Mr. DeMaria has been recognized by other prominent associations and publications over multiple years, including The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise in personal injury defense and product liability defense.

He recently received that publication’s “Lawyer of the Year” designation for his outstanding professional accomplishments in product liability defense. In the latest edition of this seminal reference, he also achieved a similar honor in the field of premises liability. Only a single “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded in any given location and in any particular practice area.

Mr. DeMaria, a former partner with Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, maintains an active practice at the firm as Of Counsel.

April 8th, 2022|

Benchmark Litigation Ranks Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Among the Top Ten Law Firms in Rhode Island for Dispute Resolution

“Benchmark Litigation is a well-regarded legal directory whose rankings are important to decisionmakers in multiple industries,” said Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri.

“We are delighted to be included among the best law firms in the state. Dispute resolution is a specialty that is critically important to our clients and transcends so many other practice areas as well,” he added.

The recent edition of Benchmark Litigation serves as one of the most definitive guides to America’s leading litigation law firms by focusing exclusively on litigation in the United States.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, Benchmark Litigation has grown dramatically and has garnered industry-wide attention as the definitive resource for in-depth analysis of the dynamic practice of litigation.

For the Rhode Island rankings, Benchmark Litigation concentrated primarily on the area of dispute resolution. Research was conducted through extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify leading law firms.

Recent casework handled by law firms was examined; peers within their jurisdiction or practice area were also questioned.

February 9th, 2022|