CRAIG HIGGS, ESQ.

  • Available in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County
  • Available for Mediation and Arbitration assignments

Introduction

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.

Specialties

Hobbies & Interests

Craig enjoys travel, biking, and hiking.

Website

http://www.craighiggs.com












Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP (1972-Present)
  • Deputy City Attorney, San Diego (1971-1972)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • JD, University of San Diego School of Law (1969)
  • BA, University of Redlands (1966)
  • 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

  • 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.

Legal Experience

  • Personal Injury
  • Elder case
  • Employment
  • Business / Real Estate

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Aviation

  • Mediated air plane and helicopter crash cases with serious injury and death.

Employment

Breach of Contract

  • $2 million dispute between former CEO and his former electronics manufacturer employer regarding trade secrets and unpaid compensation.

Wrongful Termination

  • Mediated several hundred employment cases.

Insurance

Bad Faith

  • Insurance/bad faith case arising from an auto accident.

Professional Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

  • Mediated medical products cases involving lifelong injuries.

Real Estate

Eminent Domain

  • Mediated condemnation cases involving properties worth more than 20 million dollars.

Home Owners Association

  • Mediated numerous real estate disputes involving homeowners associations.

Tort

Elder Abuse

  • Mediated over one hundred elder abuse cases.

Personal Injury

  • Construction accident causing a traumatic brain injury. Settlement of multimillion dollar.
  • Traumatic brain injury of a preschooler suffered on the defendants school grounds when he was struck in the head by a metal pole.
  • Mediated construction accident involving career ending injuries.
  • Mediated scores of clergy abuse cases.

PI Assault and Battery

  • Mediated police abuse cases with serious personal injuries.

PI Auto

  • Auto accident with serious injuries complicated by MRSA infection.

PI Sexual Molestation

  • Child sex abuse case against the church and its pastor.

Wrongful Death

  • Medical malpractice/wrongful death case against a hospital.
  • Auto accident / wrongful death of a Korean national with family in the US and Korea.
  • Automobile accident wrongful death case. Settled for significant seven figures.

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation

Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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