HCC Administrator Officiates at U.S. Figure Skating Championships

In his spare time, HCC administrator and financial officer Gerald M. Miele serves as an official for U.S. Figure Skating.

He recently returned from officiating the 2022 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which were held Jan. 3-9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships were the final competition before the nomination of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team.

The event was widely covered on NBC and viewed in 250 countries and territories that carry the Olympic Channel, making the program the most widely distributed U.S. Figure Skating Championships since the competition began in 1914.

Gerald has a rich family history in the sport of ice skating. His mother, the late LeeAnn Miele, pioneered synchronized skating and served for many years as an official at national and international figure skating events.

January 12th, 2022|

Former In-House Counsel Joins HCC

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased to announce that Attorney Alexander Prinscott has joined the firm. He previously served as in-house counsel to a leading international insurance company based in Massachusetts. In that role, he represented the company and its insureds in civil litigation matters involving claims for compensation arising from personal injury or property damage. He also advised adjusters and policyholders on insurance coverage issues.

Alexander began his legal career at a regional law firm, where he represented and counseled clients in matters concerning civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and the University of Rhode Island. At Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, Alexander will focus on general liability and premises liability matters.

December 23rd, 2021|

HCC Again Named a Tier 1 Law Firm in Multiple Practice Areas 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 once again received Tier 1 law firm rankings for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that the firm has achieved Tier 1 designations in these practice areas from U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers.

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney was also recognized as a Tier I law firm in the area of Employment Law – Management in recognition of the firm’s record of success in defending the rights of employers. The firm was also acknowledged for its expertise in defending class action lawsuits in multidistrict litigation.

The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field, and a review of additional information provided by law firms.

Firms selected for the 2022 “Best Law Firms” designation are recognized for professional excellence because of consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered designation, especially a Tier 1 ranking, signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

“This distinction by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers highlights the depth of our experience and the extent of our legal talent at Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney. We would also like to believe that such recognition reflects our abiding commitment to client service and the highest quality of legal representation,” said Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri.

The 2022 rankings are based on the highest attorney and law firm participation on record. Best Lawyers rankings are published in leading local, regional, and national publications across the globe.

November 3rd, 2021|

Stephen Cooney Moderates Program on Changes in Rhode Island Law Impacting Corporate Clients

During the latest legislative session, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended many existing statutes of the General Laws that will impact negligence claims and their defenses including: Section 9-1-32 (“Effect of Alteration of Product after Sale”); Sections 10-6-3, 10-6-4 and 10-6-7 (“Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors”); Section 10-7-1.2 (“Death By Wrongful Act”); and other measures impacting insurance and coverage requirements.

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney partner Stephen P. Cooney recently moderated a lively seminar on the impact that these changes will have upon the practice of law for defense attorneys in the state.

This program entitled, “Defense Dynamics: 2021 Tort Law Changes by the General Assembly,” was sponsored by the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island. For an in-depth look at the issues involved, click here.

Stephen Cooney has participated in a number of important continuing education programs sponsored by the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island. In January, he moderated a seminar entitled, “Appellate Practice in the R.I. Supreme Court – Update, Pointers, Refresher.”

That timely seminar reviewed critical cases that arose during the Court’s 2020 term. That program also offered insights into the philosophies and approaches of the two new jurists who recently assumed the Supreme Court bench.

November 2nd, 2021|

Paul Callaghan Receives Singular Honor from Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased to announce that Paul Callaghan has been named a “Go To Lawyer” for 2021 by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.

Paul is just one of a dozen lawyers who received this statewide recognition and the only one recognized in the field of insurance defense. Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly defines a “Go To Lawyer” as someone who is a senior expert in his field, has an extensive record of success, routinely receives referrals from other lawyers due to his expertise, and thinks creatively to identify all options for a client.

Paul has been practicing for nearly 30 years and has handled thousands of insurance defense matters for many of the largest insurance companies in the world.

He is an accomplished trial lawyer who has tried dozens of insurance cases in the state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with great success.

He is also an experienced appellate advocate and has numerous reported decisions relating to insurance in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Read the entire Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly article here.

October 29th, 2021|