Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP was established in 1951 when James H. Higgins, Jr., and Joseph V. Cavanagh joined their law practices. They were joined in 1962 by John P. Cooney, who had retired as Chief Judge of the Providence District Court. Together these three former Presidents of the Rhode Island Bar Association founded an organization that today has grown to rank as one of the largest litigation firms in the state.
Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP is a general practice law firm specializing in civil litigation. The firm has concentrated in the defense of an array of commercial, product liability, professional malpractice, construction, workers' compensation claims, toxic tort and employer liability cases. Additionally, HCC has a strong corporate and general business group, as well as real estate, tax and probate expertise, providing diverse services to both public and private corporations.
We are committed to improving the quality of legal services provided to our clients in the constantly changing legal services environment. In this regard we pride ourselves on providing our clients with efficient, cost effective representation without compromising the quality that our clients have come to expect.
Business Litigation: A large part of Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's practice is Business Litigation. In this area the firm brings together our wealth of litigation and trial experience to a variety of business issues. Our Business Litigation attorneys are involved in civil proceedings in matters ranging from environmental, health, insurance, labor, corporate disputes, general commercial disputes, product liability, and professional negligence cases.
Construction: The attorneys in the Construction practice group counsel clients on all phases of the construction process, including contract negotiation, site preparation, project dispute resolution, litigation of personal injury, property damage as well as commercial lawsuits. This practice group represents diverse construction clients including general contractors, owners and developers as well as subcontractors.
Corporate: The attorneys in our corporate practice group assist many clients in a broad range of matters including choice of entity decisions, preparing diverse business, employment, tax, commercial, financial and other documents which frequently arise in a corporate setting. Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney attorneys also assist in various tax elections, mergers, corporate structuring and updating stock records.
Employment: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Employment practice group is experienced in defending employers in both federal and state courts as well as the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. We have been called upon to defend discrimination claims based upon gender, sexual orientation, age and disability. We have also been involved in cases alleging wrongful termination, breach of employment contract and interference with contractual relations.
Environment and Toxic Injury: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Environmental and Toxic Injury practice group has been minimizing exposure for property owners, manufacturers, insurers and others for decades. Advocates from this group combine expertise in aggressive litigation strategies and land use law with vast experience in federal and state regulatory processes to develop tactics which are effective and efficient.
We have litigated a wide range of environmental cases including cost recovery, civil enforcement actions, and toxic tort actions for personal injuries. Whether the challenge involves emergency cleanup, administrative proceeding or judicial action, our Environmental and Toxic Injury group has the knowledge, experience and access to expert resources necessary to provide confident and competent representation to our clients.
Insurance: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Insurance practice group has been representing the insurance industry for nearly 50 years. We are involved in all aspects of insurance litigation. This group handles traditional insurance defense matters such as automobile accidents and slip and falls. Attorneys in the Insurance practice group also have a long history of handling a wide array of coverage matters. Insurers regularly call upon the firm to litigate coverage disputes involving such things as environmental coverage claims, the duty to defend, bad faith and uninsured motorist.
Medicare Compliance: Our Medicare Compliance practice group was formed to assist insurers, self- insureds, third party administrators, plaintiff attorneys and defense attorneys. We provide assistance in Medicare set aside preparation and submission, settlement document preparation, future medical cost projections, Medicare beneficiary status determination and analysis and guidance regarding conditional payment liens.
Negligence and Premises Liability: The end of every letter signed by a member of Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Negligence and Premises Liability practice group ends with the phrase, "We shall keep you advised." This simple statement is our way of telling the client that we understand that when it comes to the defense of a negligence or premises liability case, the process and result are often one and the same. Advocates in this group are committed to keeping you advised of all developments in a case immediately. We strive to determine the viability of our position and the probable value of the case at the earliest possible moment. Advocates from this group stand ready to try any case if it is in the client's best interest.
Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has been defending civil actions in Rhode Island for approximately fifty years. We are known and respected throughout the legal community because we consistently achieve the results our clients expect. Our attorneys offer a complete range of experience and expertise. In consultation with our clients, we choose the level of experience which is appropriate for every case. In this way we can truly say that we offer the best defense at the best price.
Products Liability: Higgins, Cavanagh and Cooney has expertly represented product manufacturers and sellers for almost fifty years. The Product Liability practice group's clients range from some of the world's largest corporations to family owned businesses. In addition to defending suits alleging product defect, we assist our clients in preventing such claims through the performance of product safety audits.
Our firm takes great pride in its five decades of leadership in the area of product liability defense. We successfully represent manufacturers and sellers of trucks, automobiles, material handling equipment, consumer, recreational, medical and other product areas in courtrooms throughout the region. Advocates in this group are also experienced in both individual and mass tort claims.
Our experience allows us to have access to the top expert and technological resources available. As a result, we are able to guide our clients to the best possible result in the most efficient manner. The range and depth of our experience in product liability defense allows us to bring unmatched institutional knowledge of the law to this practice area.
Professional Liability: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Professional Liability practice group has been representing and defending professionals and professional liability insurers in a vast array of professional disciplines, including attorneys, directors and officers, real estate professionals, insurance brokers, physicians and other medical professionals. Our attorneys have remarkable success in resolving cases often at the summary judgment stage.
Real Estate: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney attorneys represent personal and business clients in a variety of real estate transactions. These transactions include purchase and sale of residential and commercial properties, leasing agreements and issues involving secured financing and bank loans. This group is also involved in a variety of zoning and other regulatory matters effecting real estate.
Taxation: Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has qualified attorneys with extensive tax experience to assist clients with both personal and business related tax planning and a broad range of federal and state tax matters, including corporate and partnership matters, state and local taxation and proceedings involving tax audits, tax appeals and other aspects of tax litigation. This group represents clients with matters before the Internal Revenue Service.
Our broad range of experience allows us to handle both routine and complex tax issues in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Trust and Estates: The attorneys in the Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney Trusts and Estate practice group are experienced in complex estate planning and probate practice. Attorneys involved in estate planning implement a range of services from simple wills through sophisticated trust planing. Full trust administration services are available, including will contest representation and other trust and probate litigation representation as necessary.
Workers' Compensation: The attorneys in Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney's Workers' Compensation practice group represent employers on behalf of numerous major insurance carriers as well as self-insured employers in a variety of industries in workers' compensation and liability cases. The firm's workers' compensation litigation department handles a full range of issues from insurance coverage to medical causation and occupational disease. This includes advice to clients regarding insurance coverage, the application of the workers' compensation laws to specific injury claims and, where appropriate, representation through the appellate process.
Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney has the largest staff of attorneys and paralegals regularly practicing in the workers' compensation defense area in Rhode Island. The attorneys are highly trained and experienced in dealing with the intricate rules, regulations and procedures involved in the handling of these types of cases.