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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 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.

October 4th, 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.

September 27th, 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|

Former Brown University Associate Counsel Becomes Of Counsel at HCC

Thomas R. Bender is now Of Counsel to Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney after previously serving as Associate Counsel in the Office of Vice President and General Counsel at Brown University. He also once served as the managing partner at a regional, insurance-defense law firm.

A fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and recognized by “Best Lawyers” and “Super Lawyers,” he has appeared before the R.I. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

During a distinguished career of more than 25 years, his clients have included major corporations engaged in mass tort litigation, hospitals and physicians, as well as leading universities and individual veterans and students. He also has familiarity with Title IX litigation within a broad portfolio of legal experience.

“We are delighted that Tom is joining Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney. He is an outstanding attorney whose expertise in both trial and appellate practice as well as his successful tenure as in-house counsel at a great Ivy League university further enhance the range of services that we can offer our clients,” said Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Thomas Bender received his law degree from Washington and Lee University.

July 20th, 2019|