Craig Higgs is a former trial lawyer with over 43 years of experience. He joined the law firm founded by his father, Higgs, Fletcher and Mack in 1972 and became a partner four years later. During this time, Craig tried over 50 jury trials consisting mainly of personal injury cases. He spent the first 15 years of his litigation career defending insurance companies and the latter half representing Plaintiffs. As a result, Craig has an ability to see both sides and assess the strengths and weaknesses of almost any case type. Since 1983, he has resided over hundreds of mediations, settlement conferences, arbitrations and discovery hearings. He has extensive training in the field of dispute resolution, including the Harvard Law School's Advanced Mediation Program and has mediated over 1800 cases. Higgs is a Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators since 2003, an invitation only organization that encompasses the most successful and highly trained mediators in the world. One attorney commended, "it's no wonder he is one of the most sought after mediators in San Diego." Throughout the legal community, Craig is known as the mediator who never gives up.
Harvard Law School Advanced Mediation Training (1997)
Fellow, International Academy of Mediators (2003-Present)
Member, San Diego County Bar Association (1980-Present), Board of Directors (1980-1984), Treasurer (1981), Vice President (1982), President (1984)
Member, SD Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (1985-Present), President (1995)
Chair, Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation - State Bar of California (1981)
Achievements & Awards
Super Lawyer, San Diego 2018, in ADR
Craig has been recognized by the San Diego Super Lawyers as a Super Lawyer for the last five years (including 2014) and Best Lawyers in America for the last four years. He is the recipient of the San Diego County Bar Association's Legal Professional of the Year Award, as well as, the USD Law School's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In 2015 he was named A Legend of the Bar by the San Diego County Bar Association.
He regularly teaches mediation advocacy to law firms, attorney groups, USD School of Law, and California Western Law School.