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Patrick Joseph Higgins

Patrick Joseph Higgins

Practice areas:

Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Environmental and Natural Resources, Personal Injury

About Me

 


I limit my practice to a small number of  cases. This is and has been my practice for most of my career.  


 


This probably doesn’t make sense to you.  But it will if you think about it.  Concentrating on a small number of meritorious cases allows me to spend more time on each client’s case, and gives my clients the attention and communication they need.  And emotionally, to win cases you have to live them, and there is only so much of you to give.


 


But enough about me.  Let’s talk about you.  


 


Like most people, you may have questions about personal injury lawsuits, what is medical malpractice, how do lawyers get paid, how long does a lawsuit take, and things like that.  So whether I take your case or not, I would be pleased to answer your questions on these topics.   Just call me at (518) 426-4600.  If I am in court my very capable office staff will speak with you and get the message to me so that I can get back to you promptly.


 


If you like to read – and I hope that you do – and you want to know how lawyers select cases and what they look for when reviewing cases, email me at phiggins@couchwhite.com.   I will send you a free chapter of a book that I write for attorneys of the New York State Bar Association on this topic.   There are also chapters on medical malpractice, automobile crashes and injuries, what clients should bring to their meeting with an attorney, how cases are settled when an infant is injured, or someone dies, how a lawsuit works, and many others.   Email me and I will send you a free chapter on the topic of interest.


 


If you or a family member are hospitalized and want to know how to best communicate with the doctors in charge of your care in the hospital and who the players are, email me at phiggins@couchwhite.com and I will send my free newsletter explaining this.


 


If you have a loved one that is using a hospital bed or a bed of any type with a bedrail, and you have questions about the risks of bedrails, email me at phiggins@couchwhite.com and I will send you my free newsletter about those risks and what you can do to protect your family.  


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Litigation: 40%
    30 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    30 years
  3. Environmental and Natural Resources: 20%
    24 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    30 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($325-425/hour), Contingent (15-33%), Free Consultation (120 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Ralph Morrison Kirk

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Ralph Kirk Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Valentine Joseph Wallace

    I endorse Mr. Higgins. His answers on Avvo provide solid legal advice and demonstrate that he has great acumen and care for his clients.

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    Valentine Wallace Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Higgins, Patrick J. Attorney

540 Broadway
Albany, NY, 12207

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198503/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2013
Listed in Best Lawyer Plaintiff's Medical MalpracticeBest Lawyers in America2012
Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region - Medical MalpracticeSuperLawyers2012
Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region -- Medical MalpracticeSuperLawyers2010
Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region -- Medical MalpracticeSuperLawyers2009
President's AwardAlbany County Bar Association1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPowers & Santola, LLP2001 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar FoundationFellow2009 - 2009
New York State Independent Judicial Elections Qualifications Commission (IJEQC), Third Judicial DistrictMember2009 - 2013
Albany County Bar AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Albany County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2007 - 2008
Albany County Bar AssociationACBA Member Pro-Bono Committee Third Judicial District2006 - 2006
Albany County Bar AssociationVice President2006 - 2007
Albany County Bar AssociationPro-Bono Liaison2005 - 2008
New York State Bar AssociationMember of the House of Delegates2005 - 2009
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersCharter Member2003 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember Editorial Board2000 - 2003
New York State Bar AssociationMember of the House of Delegates2000 - 2002
Albany County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1999 - 2010
Albany County Bar AssociationChairman -- Continuing Legal Education Committee1996 - 2000
American Association for JusticeMember1991 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections1986 - 2009

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jane Doe v. Hospital in Upstate New York$5 milllion dollar settlement

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2014
Second Edition -- New York State Bar Association Two Volume TreatiseEditor and Author -- The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in New York State2014
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2013
Trial MagazineThe Evils of Corporate Dentistry2013
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2012
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2011
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2010
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2009
New York State Bar Association -- Two Volume TreatiseEditor and Author -- The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in New York State2009
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2008
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2007
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2006
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2006
"The Third Department Review" -- Albany County Bar AssociationMonthly Column on Recent Decisions2006
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2005
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2005
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2004
New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar AssociationRepresenting the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
State University of New York, College at OneontaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersState Wide Chair, Moderator and Speaker -- Trial Preparation and Meeting the Evidentiary Challenges at Trial2013
Seminar -- New York State Bar AssociationThe New Normal -- Preparing for Trial in the Current Economic Climate2012
New York State Bar AssociationState Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker -- Handling Tough Issues in a Personal Injury Practice2012
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersEffective Opening Statements2012
Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims JudgesPanel Discussion on the Medical Indemnity Fund2012
Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims judgesMedicare and Government Liens in a Personal Injury Action2012
New York State Bar AssociationState Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker– Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice2009
New York State Bar AssociationThe Plaintiff's Trial2008
New York State Academy of Trial LawyersDirect and Cross Examination of Experts2008
Albany County Bar AssociationTrial Techniques for the New Lawyer2008