Cassandra L. Feeney

Cassandra L. Feeney

Partner
(401) 455-3800
cfeeney@hwac.com

In 2021, Cassandra received an Excellence in the Law award from RI Lawyers Weekly.

In 2020, Cassandra was honored with a Professional Excellence Award by Rhode Island Monthly for being a top lawyer.  Only 5% of area lawyers are included on this list.

In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, Cassandra was recognized as a “Rising Star,” based on a vote of licensed attorneys in Rhode Island and a review by an independent blue ribbon panel, as published in New England Super Lawyers.

Argued in Providence Superior Court and won a Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of a radiation oncologist, dismissing all claims in a medical malpractice case where the plaintiff alleged the doctor negligently provided radiation treatment, causing permanent injuries including radiation enteritis and optic neuritis (vision loss) in her right eye.  Plaintiff further alleged that she received excessive radiation.

Three-week jury trial, resulting in the successful defense of a neurological surgeon in a medical malpractice action tried in the Providence County Superior Court. The plaintiff alleged there was a delay in diagnosis of a spinal infection. The jury returned a verdict on behalf of the neurological surgeon that there was no negligence in his care and treatment of the patient.

Successfully argued for a judgment as a matter of law on behalf of a hospital defendant, resulting in dismissal of all claims against the defendant during a jury trial in the Rhode Island Superior Court.

Successfully recovered over one-million dollars for an insurance company pursuant to breach of contract and an indemnification provision of an employment contract.  The underlying matter related to medical-malpractice action alleging wrongful death. 

Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against a hospital, a specialized practice group, and a urological surgeon relating to an allegation of negligent care and treatment in connection with a radical retropubic prostatectomy. 

Successfully obtained summary judgment in a medical-malpractice case alleging negligent care and treatment following surgery.  The plaintiff could not prove the defendant breached the standard of care or was a causal factor with regard to its treatment as required by law.

Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims in multiple cases filed before the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Superior Court on behalf of large product manufacturers involved in toxic-tort litigation.

Leadership Rhode Island, Member, Rho II Core Program (2021)

Rhode Island Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Member, Appointed by The Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Supreme Court Chief Justice (2019 – present)

Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors, Treasurer, Chair of Membership Committee, and Board Member (2016 – present)

Providence Community Health Centers, Board of Directors, Secretary and Board Member (2017- present)

Roger Williams University School of Law, Pro Bono Collaborative Advisory Committee Member, First Women Steering Committee Member, and Women in Law Leadership Committee Member (2015 – present)

Rhode Island Bar Association, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, Labor Law and Employment Committee, Federal Court Court Bench/Bar Committee, and Lawyers Helping Lawyers (2013 – present)

Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, Member (2013 – present)

The Long and Winding Road: Pursuing Gender Equality in Rhode Island, 25 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 372 (2020), available here.

Rhode Island Women Lawyers: Past, Present, & Future, RI Bar Journal, 2018 – Present

  • Barbara Margolis, Esq., RI Bar Journal, May/June 2020, available here.
  • The Honorable Mary M. Lisi, RI Bar Journal, March/April 2020, available here.
  • Lise Iwon, Esq., RI Bar Journal, January/February 2020, available here.
  • Victoria M. Almeida, Esq., RI Bar Journal, November/December 2019, available here.
  • Lise Gescheidt, Esq., RI Bar Journal, Vol. 68, No. 2, Sept./Oct. 2019, available here.
  • Susan Leach DeBlasio, Esq., RI Bar Journal, Vol. 67, No. 5, March/April 2019, pages 21-22
  • The Honorable Netti C. Vogel, RI Bar Journal, Vol. 67, No. 3, Nov./Dec. 2018, page 13.

 

Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association & The History of Women Lawyers in Our State, Raising the Bar: America Celebrates 150 Years of Women Lawyers 1869-2019, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, 2019, pages 69-70, available by clicking here.

Why Good Guys-Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity-Are So Important, RI Bar Assoc. Annual Meeting, June 22, 2018

Social Media Discovery for Lawyers: A Primer, MassDLA Newsletter, September 19, 2018

Social Media Primer, Co-Presenter, MassDLA Annual Meeting, June 1, 2018

What’s in it for Me?: Ethics of Pro Bono Practice and Why You Should Get Involved, Moderator, March 30, 2017

Special Education Rights An Overview for Parents, Co-Presenter, June 9, 2016, April 20, 2017, and May 22, 2017

Mock Trial, Participant, Kent Hospital Emergency Department, Dec. 3, 2015

Are You “In Good Hands?”: Balancing Protection for Insurers and Insured in First-Party Bad-Faith Claims with a Uniform Standard, 45 New Eng. L. Rev. 685 (2011)

2020 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association on “Update on the Lawyer Well-Being Project,” presenting on the progress made and  continuing challenges in Rhode Island and the national effort to improve lawyer well-being, presented June 12, 2020.

2019 United Way “Learn with Leaders” panelist discussing the value of nonprofit board service.

2019 National Business Institute seminar faculty member presenting on “Rhode Island Special Education Law.” This presentation focused on Section 504 documentation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), disciplinary actions, and due process procedures, presented December 12, 2019.

2019 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association on “Developing a Plan for Lawyer Well-Being.” The presentation included a discussion on developing a meaningful program for lawyer wellbeing in light of the recent publication by the American Bar Association’s National Task Force Report on Lawyer Wellbeing, presented June 14, 2019.

Rhode Island Bar Association CLE entitled “Re-Charge: Keep Your Battery at 100%,” focusing on various stress management techniques for lawyers to integrate to be more present, focused, and balanced, while enhancing effectiveness, efficiency, and resilience in responding to the challenges and demands of a busy and fast-paced career, presented March 14, 2019. 

On June 1, 2018, Cassandra Feeney co-presented a workshop at the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association 2018 Annual Meeting & Spring Seminar on Recent Developments in Civil Litigation regarding social media.

Cassandra Feeney co-organized a continuing legal education workshop, entitled “Why Good Guys—Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity—Are So Important,” for the Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting on June 22, 2018. 

On May 22, 2017, Cassandra Feeney co-presented a workshop on Special Education Law by invitation of the “Lawyers in the Library” series hosted by the Providence Public Library and in connection with the Roger Williams School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative.  More information on the program is available here.

On April 20, 2017,  Cassandra Feeney presented a CLE on Special Education Law by invitation of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Government Lawyers Committee at the Rhode Island Bar Association headquarters.  This CLE provided an overview of special education law, and prepared participants to advocate on behalf of families with students receiving special education services as well as understand the responsibilities from the perspective of the school district. 

On March 30, 2017, Cassandra Feeney moderated a panel featuring the Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan, United States Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, as well as Eliza Vorenberg, J.D., Director, Pro Bono Collaborative, RWU Law; Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, Associate Director, Pro Bono Programs, RWU Law; and Stephen M. Prignano, Partner, McIntyre Tate, LLP, entitled, “What’s in it for Me?: Ethics of Pro Bono Practice and Why You Should Get Involved” by invitation of the Young Lawyers Committee for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

On June 9, 2016, Cassandra Feeney co-presented a workshop, entitled “Special Education Rights – An Overview for Parents,” by invitation at Bradley Hospital and in connection with in the Roger Williams School of Law Pro Bono Collaborative Special Education Project.

On December 3, 2015, Cassandra participated in the presentation of a Mock Trial to the Kent Hospital Emergency Department

New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts

J.D., 2011
magna cum laude

  • Honors: Award for Ethical Practice of Law, Association of Corporate Counsel 2011
  • Honors: New England Law Review, Executive Comment and Note Editor, 2010-2011
  • Honors: New England School of Law Academic Achievement Scholarship

 

University of Rhode Island

B.A., 2007
summa cum laude

  • Honors: David Warren Award for Excellence in Political Science, 2007
  • Honors: Edgar Leduc Award for Excellence in Public Service, 2007
  • Honors: URI Centennial Scholarship

Rhode Island

Massachusetts

Connecticut

U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

As a trial attorney, Cassandra L. Feeney represents clients in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as before administrative and licensing boards.  Cassandra practices:

  • medical-malpractice defense,
  • product liability,
  • construction and premises liability,
  • toxic-tort claims,
  • appellate law,
  • employment law,
  • education law, and
  • personal injury.

Cassandra defends healthcare professionals, physicians, nurses, hospitals, practice groups, skilled nursing facilities, and institutions in all aspects of litigation involving claims of medical malpractice and wrongful death, from pre-suit investigations through verdicts at trial.  She has successfully defended clients in courtrooms throughout Rhode Island and has obtained favorable jury verdicts.

Cassandra routinely represents professionals as non-party witnesses and experts, as well as before licensing and administrative boards.  She advises health care professionals and risk management on a variety of areas, including peer review, credentialing, and general practice.  Frequently, she is invited to lecture at seminars and on panels on various litigation topics.

Her practice also includes counseling clients on day-to-day aspects of the employment relationship.  She has practiced before administrative agencies, including the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, in claims involving employment disputes, such as discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

Her education law practice includes advocating for clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including determining eligibility for services and evaluations, Section 504 meetings, IEP meetings, mediations, settlement negotiations, and administrative proceedings.

Previously, Cassandra served as a Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk for the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty, as well as the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department.  She is actively involved in serving the community, including coordinating the firm’s pro bono work through the Roger Williams University School of Law’s Pro Bono Collaborative. 

She volunteers and holds leadership positions on Boards of multiple organizations, including Providence Community Health Centers, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association, Roger Williams University School of Law, the Rhode Island Bar Association, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness (by appointment of Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the R.I. Supreme Court).

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Cassandra at cfeeney@hwac.com or 401-455-3800.