Paul S. Callaghan

Paul S. Callaghan


Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP

Recognized since 2022

Providence, Rhode Island

Practice Areas

Litigation - Insurance

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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, the U. S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

He is an expert in a wide variety of insurance-related practice areas and is especially well-versed in case law, statutes and regulations relating to the insurance industry. Paul annually participates in numerous national conferences and local seminars in order to stay apprised of the most recent developments in insurance law. He is also a member of several defense-oriented professional organizations and regularly participates in their events as well.

Location

  • 10 Dorrance Street, Suite 400
    Providence, RI 02903-3987

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University , J.D., graduated 1992
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst, B.A., cum laude, graduated 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1993
  • Massachusetts, 1992

Affiliations

  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island - Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association - Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP
Headquarters: Providence, Rhode Island

4 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Insurance

Awards:

  • Super Lawyers

Successfully defending a major international construction company

Paul obtained a jury verdict in favor of a major international construction company with headquarters in New England in a case where the plaintiff had requested that the jury award more than $3 million as a result of a fall at a college construction project in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Successfully defending a major national insurance company

Paul obtained a declaratory judgment in favor of a major national insurance company declaring that there was no coverage under a homeowner's policy in a catastrophic case involving a child who was rendered a quadriplegic as the result of an accident.

Successfully defending a major international construction company

Paul obtained a directed verdict for a major international construction company with headquarters in New England in a case where plaintiffs alleged that its construction of a new school had allegedly caused in excess of $1.5 million in property damage to nearby dwellings.

Successfully defending a major national insurance company

Paul obtained summary judgment in favor of a major national insurance company in an insurance coverage case where the plaintiff was seeking in excess of $1 million as a result of the insurer’s alleged wrongful denial of a property damage claim. The case was affirmed by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Successfully defending a major national insurance company

Paul obtained summary judgment in favor of a major national insurance company in an insurance coverage case involving property damage to business equipment as a result of a lightning strike. The case was affirmed by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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