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Ms. Higginbotham is a nationally experienced trial and appellate lawyer, having successfully represented clients in state, federal, and appellate courts across the country in complex medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Ms. Higginbotham has a national Federal Tort Claims Act practice, having represented clients in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washington, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New York, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and other venues. 

In addition to trial work, Ms. Higginbotham has handled a number of appeals in various courts of appeals including the Texas Supreme Court, the 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th Circuits and in United States Supreme Court. In 2011, Ms. Higginbotham was recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of 20 “Winning Women,” profiling outstanding female Texas litigators and appellate lawyers who prevail in high-stakes cases that make law or have an impact nationally or statewide, win large monetary awards, and handle first-of-their-kind or bet-the-company litigation or appeals. In 2007, she was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Austin Young Lawyer’s Association. She has been listed as a Texas Rising Star in Texas Monthly Magazine every year from 2004 – 2013, and as Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2014.


Ms. Higginbotham is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Austin Bar Association. She has twice served as the Chair of the Federal Tort Liability and Military Advocacy section of the American Association for Justice, as President of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, and as Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation. She is a member of the Lloyd Lochridge Inns of Court. She is a fellow of the a Texas State Bar Foundation and serves on the District 9 Nominating Committee. Ms. Higginbotham is also a fellow of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation, and a member of the Volunteer Legal Services Sustainability Society. She serves on the Admission Committee for the Western District of Texas and as the Chair of the City of Lakeway Board of Ethics.


Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 40%
  2. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
  4. Appellate: 10%



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Contact info

7500 Rialto Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite 250
Austin, TX, 78735


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199910/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2012
"Winning Women" top 20 female trial and appellate lawyersTexas Lawyer Magazine2011
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year AwardAustin Young Lawyers Association2007
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2006
President's AwardTravis County Women Lawyers' Association2005
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWhitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar & HIgginbotham, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerArchuleta Alsaffar & Higginbotham2006 - 2014
AssociateWhitehurst, Harkness, Ozmun & Brees, A Professional Corporation1999 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Bar FoundationFellow; Nominating Committee Member District 92013 - Present
City of Lakeway Board of EthicsChair2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum2011 - Present
American Inns of Court - Lloyd Lochridge InnTeam Leader2009 - 2012
Travis County Women Lawyers FoundationChair2008 - 2009
Travis County Women Lawyers AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
American Association for JusticeBoard Member, Federal Tort and Military Liability Section2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hyde Park Baptist Church v. TurnerTrial verdict upheld by Texas Supreme Court
Aimee White, et al. v. United States$4,500,000 settlement
Carman, et al. v. United States$3,000,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AAJ TrialNavigating the Federal Tort Claims Act2011
AAJ Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section NewsletterBreakthrough: Courthouse Doors Opening to Newborns of Enlisted Mothers2007
AAJ Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section NewsletterFighting Remittitur and Preserving Damage Awards2006
AAJ Federal Torts & Military Liability Section NewsletterNew Developments in FTCA Law2005
AAJ TrialFighting for Military Mothers' Newborns2004
AAJ Federal Tort & Military Advocacy Section NewsletterThe Status of Newborns of Enlisted Mothers Under the Feres Doctrine2004
AAJ TrialHow to Protect Damages in Federal Tort Cases2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice Summer ConventionHandling Federal Tort Claims2013
American Association for Justice Summer ConventionStatute of Repose2012