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Patrick Joseph Higgins

Medical malpractice Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   5 reviews

About Patrick

Learn Patrick’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    40%
    Representing patients suffering brain injury, birth trauma, death and injury from care below the standard of good and accepted medical practice.

    37 years

  2. Personal injury
    40%

    37 years

  3. Litigation
    20%
    I represent a select group of clients in commercial litigation who have suffered economic and business losses.

    37 years

 

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) 489-1098.  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 [email protected]   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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] and I will send you my free newsletter about those risks and what you can do to protect your family.  

 

Licensed for 37 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1985
Updated 06/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Patrick

The Law Offices of Patrick J. Higgins, PLLC
21 Everett Road Ext.
Suite A-4
Albany, NY, 12205

Reviews

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Posted by John | June 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Simply a Fantastic Trial Lawyer
I have never met a trial lawyer who prepares better than Patrick Higgins, Esq. Patrick is extremely meticulous about every detail and presents his trials with the preparation of a premier Broadway producer. On top of that, Patrick is extremely knowledgeable regarding the rules of evidence and substantive law. I would not hesitate to hire Patrick Higgins, Esq. for a family member, friend or myself.
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Posted by Candace | April 17, 2014
Former Client
Mr. Higgins represented me on a malpractice case. He was in constant contact with me and explained everything thoroughly. He went above and beyond what an attorney is required to do. Very personable and understanding. Very sympathetic to such a sensitive situation !!
Posted by Donna | April 23, 2013
Trustworthy
Patrick has done an outstanding job for Larry and I. He as gone above and beyond to help us get the word out about what has happened to our son Joshua. We will be eternally grateful to him.
Posted by Mel | April 19, 2013
Came through when I thought no one could
Patrick was a caring, well informed and sensitive attorney in the case of the wrongful death of my mother. Dealing with her death was hard enough but having Patrick on our side was comforting because he proved to be competent, efficient and kept us informed at each stage. The outcome was successful and I feel strongly that we triumphed because he cared enough to keep pushing and didn't give up until he achieved the result we all wanted. This was not a "slam-dunk" case yet he managed to win it through negotiation/settlement, bringing us not just the result we wanted but the peace of mind we desperately needed. I highly recommend Patrick Higgins for any of your needs.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2013
great to work with!
After my accident my mom set up a couple interviews with lawyers for me to pick for my lawsuit, when I met with Pat he had already done research on the corner I had gotten hit and taken pictures of the area, etc! I couldn't believe how much he had done before I met with him! He was very friendly and understanding and I knew I had to work with him! He was great throughout the whole process, he updated me as he got calls and emails and forwards most of them to me as well as calling me to discuss it. When the other attorney came back with a number that he didn't think was fair for me he was prepared to go to court. They ended up agreeing with him and I am very thankful for the help he gave me!! He was awesome to work with and I would recommend him to anyone!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Patrick J. Higgins, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Special Counsel
  • LaFave Wein & Frament, PLLC
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Couch White, LLP
  • 2014 - 2017

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • State University of New York, College at Oneonta
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Jane Doe v. Hospital in Upstate New York
  • $5 milllion dollar settlement

Associations

  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Charter Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • New York State Independent Judicial Elections Qualifications Commission (IJEQC), Third Judicial District
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • ACBA Member Pro-Bono Committee Third Judicial District
  • 2006 - 2006
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the House of Delegates
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Pro-Bono Liaison
  • 2005 - 2008
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the House of Delegates
  • 2000 - 2002
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member Editorial Board
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2010
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Chairman -- Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • 1996 - 2000
  • American Bar Association
  • Member Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections
  • 1986 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/ Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers of America
  • 2018
  • Listed AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Listed for Plaintiffs' Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Listed AV Preeminent
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/ Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/ Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Listed AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/ Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Listed AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/ Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers -- Medical Malpractice/Personal Injury
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region - Medical Malpractice
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Listed in Best Lawyer Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region -- Medical Malpractice
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Listed in Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Listed as Top 25 Hudson Valley Region -- Medical Malpractice
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • President's Award
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • 1998
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Publications

  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2017
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2016
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2015
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2014
  • Second Edition -- New York State Bar Association Two Volume Treatise
  • Editor and Author -- The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in New York State
  • 2014
  • New York State Bar Association Journal
  • 5 Ways to Lose Referral Fees; 10 Ways to Keep Them
  • 2014
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2013
  • Trial Magazine
  • The Evils of the Illegal Practice of Corporate Dentistry
  • 2013
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2012
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2011
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2010
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2009
  • New York State Bar Association -- Two Volume Treatise
  • Editor and Author -- The Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action in New York State
  • 2009
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2008
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2007
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2006
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2006
  • "The Third Department Review" -- Albany County Bar Association
  • Monthly Column on Recent Decisions
  • 2006
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2005
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2005
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2004
  • New York Lawyers' Practical Skills Series -- New York State Bar Association
  • Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Punitive Damages Seminar
  • Pleading and Proving Punitive Damages in Commercial Litigation Cases
  • 2017
  • NYSBA Bridge the Gap Program
  • Effective Client Communication
  • 2017
  • NYSBA Bridge The Gap Program
  • Trying Cases: Understanding the Mindset and Trial Platform Needed to Win
  • 2016
  • Association of General Contractors
  • Understanding Labor Law Section 240(1)
  • 2015
  • NYS Court of Claims Conference
  • Common Medical Evidence Issues at Trial
  • 2014
  • Albany County Bar Association Seminar Series
  • The New Retainers and Good Practices in Referring Cases under New York's Model Rules
  • 2014
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • State Wide Chair, Moderator and Speaker -- Overcoming Evidentiary Challenges in Preparing for Trial
  • 2013
  • Seminar -- New York State Bar Association
  • The New Normal -- Preparing for Trial in the Current Economic Climate
  • 2012
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker -- Handling Tough Issues in a Personal Injury Practice
  • 2012
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2012
  • Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims Judges
  • Panel Discussion on the Medical Indemnity Fund
  • 2012
  • Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims judges
  • Medicare and Government Liens in a Personal Injury Action
  • 2012
  • New York State Bar Association
  • State Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker– Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice
  • 2009
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Plaintiff's Trial
  • 2008
  • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Direct and Cross Examination of Experts
  • 2008
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Trial Techniques for the New Lawyer
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Medical malpractice Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Patrick for over 20 years, and have collaborated with him of cases, as well. Patrick is a highly skilled and competent trial lawyer with impeccable credentials."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Higgins. His answers on Avvo provide solid legal advice and demonstrate that he has great acumen and care for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, as he is a preeminent member of our profession. He is a diligent as anyone can be, dedicated to his client's cause, and undaunted regardless of the magnitude of the task. He is one of the few I would trust to represent a close family member. I cannot say enough about his integrity and abilities."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is an outstanding lawyer. He is of the highest quality in the field of negligence, medical malpractice and products liability. It has been an honor to work with him over the years on numerous complex personal injury cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patrick is one of the finest lawyers in NY. My office referred a very complex personal injury case to Patrick and he did an excellent job of ensuring that our clients received a substantial settlement. During this case, I got to witness first-hand Patrick's hard work, attention to detail and devotion to our mutual clients. I highly recommend Patrick."
Medical malpractice Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Patrick is a true professional, skilled advocate and respected colleague."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Albany Medical malpractice Lawyer Patrick Joseph Higgins
Patrick Joseph Higgins
Medical malpractice Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 37 years
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