Business Journal Interviews Paul Callaghan on Law Firms’ Response to the Pandemic

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney partner Paul S. Callaghan was recently interviewed by the Providence Business News on the ways in which law firms were responding to the challenges of the pandemic.

The newspaper reported that despite all the difficulties and hardships in recent months, some law firms have weathered the pandemic fairly well. For example, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has not had to lay off anyone. In fact, the firm hired two new attorneys within the last eight months. As a large firm with offices in Boston and Hartford, Connecticut, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney had already invested in state-of-the-art technology to ease the transition to working remotely.

In the interview, Paul also said, “Obviously, we have adhered to all of Governor Gina Raimondo’s mandates with the wearing of masks, the taking of everyone’s temperature, and other safety measures such as deep cleanings throughout the office. In addition, we gradually brought back employees into the office in accordance with the Governor’s mandates.”

As for the measures that will be here to stay after the pandemic, Paul offered the following assessment. “Many of the changes regarding remote depositions, court appearances, and meetings are most probably here to stay, at least in the short term and maybe permanently,” he said. “How well law firms can adapt to these changes and challenges will underscore the agility and resourcefulness of legal teams in meeting the future needs of clients.”

“The pandemic has taught all of us to have an even greater appreciation for the dedication of our lawyers, staff, and clientele and their devotion to their families,” he concluded.

November 17th, 2020|

HCC Again Named a Tier 1 Law Firm 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 a Tier 1 law firm ranking for Personal Injury – Defendants and Product Liability – Defendants.

This marks the eighth consecutive year that Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has achieved this Tier 1 designation in these practice areas from U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®.

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 review of additional information provided by law firms.

Firms selected for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence because of consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered 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 are delighted and honored to be recognized by our clients and colleagues in this manner following such a rigorous evaluation process by this prestigious arbiter of excellence within the legal industry.” said Managing Partner James A. Ruggieri.

The 2021 rankings are based on the highest attorney and law firm participation on record.

November 5th, 2020|

Super Lawyers® Recognizes Eight HCC Attorneys

Super Lawyers has named eight attorneys from Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney as 2020 Super Lawyers and 2020 Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is the 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. Only five percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island receive the Super Lawyer designation in any single year. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state obtain the designation of a Rising Star yearly.

2020 Super Lawyers

James A. Ruggieri (Personal Injury – Products, Insurance Coverage, General Litigation, Employment Litigation.)

Paul S. Callaghan (Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Civil Litigation, Transportation, Maritime.)

Peter E. Garvey (Personal Injury – General, Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage, General Litigation, Business Litigation.)

Thomas R. Bender (Appellate, Pre-Trial and Post-Trial Litigation, Constitutional Law.)

2020 Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars

J. David Freel (General Litigation, Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Construction Litigation, Professional Liability, Personal Injury – General. Recognized for six consecutive years.)

Kristina I. Hultman (Civil Litigation. Recognized for six consecutive years.)

Brian W. Haynes (General Litigation, Personal Injury – General, Insurance Coverage, Alternative Dispute Resolution.)

Kurt A. Rocha (Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Class Action/Mass Torts.)

October 13th, 2020|

HCC Welcomes Attorney Tyler J. Pare

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney is pleased to announce that Attorney Tyler J. Pare has joined the firm.

Tyler Pare is an attorney in the Litigation Department at HCC. He is admitted to practice before the state courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Before joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Francis X. Flaherty of the R.I. Supreme Court, where he conducted extensive legal research for various civil and criminal cases. In the process, he also prepared memoranda and draft opinions for the justice on important pending matters.

Tyler graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams School of Law, where he was also a member of the law review. During that time, he interned at the R.I. Supreme Court, R.I. Family Court, and the Office of the R.I. Attorney General. His B.A. degree was awarded magna cum laude from Saint Anselm College, during which time he also studied at King’s College London.

September 23rd, 2020|

R.I. Superior Court Operations Set Until Year’s End

Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney has issued R.I. Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-08 governing court operations from September 6, 2020, to December 18, 2020.

The Superior Court will continue to work to safeguard participants and court personnel in the management of court calendars, hearings, and other matters in courthouses throughout the state. Matters that can be handled via remote WebEx technology will continue to minimize the number of persons gathered in courtrooms. These remote hearings and conferences are encouraged and will continue to be supported by personnel specifically trained for this purpose. Matters that cannot be handled remotely shall be conducted in-person.

  • Calendars will be staggered to ensure compliance within capacity limits established for courthouses and individual courtrooms to allow for appropriate distancing.
  • Jury trials are to resume on a limited basis in Providence County no sooner than September 21, 2020. However, no jury trial will be scheduled without the express, written authorization of the Presiding Justice, where a constitutional, statutory, or otherwise highly critical need has been demonstrated.
  • In-court bench trials shall continue with advanced notice to the Presiding Justice. The selected courtroom shall allow for social distancing based upon the number of participants. The bench, witness area as well as the clerk and stenographic workspace shall be outfitted with plexiglass and properly distanced from the counsel table. Plexiglass separators shall be provided to attorneys and/or litigants seeking additional separation at the counsel table as needed or upon request.

The complete court order is available here. If you have any questions regarding any of these measures, please do not hesitate to contact any of the partners at the firm.

September 3rd, 2020|