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Mary Frances Higdon

Criminal defense Attorney at Bloomington, IN

4.9   75 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 15 years
    Illinois - IL 17 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Mary

Learn Mary’s areas of practice.

QUALITY REPRESENTATION YOU CAN TRULY TRUST. FORMER DEP. PROSECUTOR, I KNOW THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM.

Ms. Higdon is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Indiana.  She has a passion for, and experience primarily in Criminal Law, and also handles juvenile cases, DCFS issues, IU disciplinary issues, orders of protection, basic estate planning, and traffic matters.

Her legal experience includes work as a Public Defender in Southern Illinois, an Associate with Youngcourt Law, and Deputy Prosecutor in Monroe County, Indiana.  Ms. Higdon opened her own law office in 2011. 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2012
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017 + 4 ...

Location

Higdon Law

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  75 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic to work with
We worked with Ms Higdon for a case for my son. From the very first meeting she was very empathetic and very easy to approach. She met us and within seconds she was already guiding us. Since he had health issues it was a very delicate case to handle. But she was able to get it to our favor. She was very professional to send all the reminders for all the documents that were needed and was always on top of it. I loved working with her and she was always very encouraging. I would highly recommend her to any one. I have heard many lawyers are very money minded but she cared about her clients. She was very straightforward and said what her fees was but after that it was her client that she worried about and did all that she could to help her client.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2024
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Hire Mary Higdon. You Won't Be Sorry
I cannot say enough good things about Mary Higdon. First of all, she is extremely kind. That matters when under stress. Secondly, she gave me a free consultation, but I hired her halfway through, because I loved her manner. Her willingness to listen (at a time most lawyers wouldn't answer their phone) and the way she immediately told me what to expect in the next day/weeks ahead was so calming and helpful. She is impressively communicative. Every time I contacted her, I heard from her almost immediately, but always that same day. We have not met in person but she gives you the feeling you are her most important client. I found her retainer fee to be completely reasonable. Don't think twice. You won't be sorry. Hire Mary Higdon.
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Posted by Dominick | June 18, 2021
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Responsive, Professional, Caring, and Passionate.
I had the pleasure of hiring Mary Higdon as my attorney for a few misdemeanors I encountered while I was attending IU. She is unbelievably responsive - When this happened, I gave her a panicked phone call on a Sunday afternoon (Outside of business hours) and she was able to pick up and assure me I was going to be OK over the phone before meeting with her in person. When we first met, I asked her why she got into law in the first place, and I was answered with a genuine story from past experience on the mistreatments of defendants. Over the course of the case, I could tell immediately that story was the truth because she did everything she could to help me in my case, reduce the sentence, make sure I was being treated fairly, and able to support myself while the trial was ongoing. Here I am a year later, truly pleased with the outcome of my case, which is my I am writing this review. If you want a lawyer who ACTUALY cares about her defendants and will listen to what you're saying, provide a great plan of action, and frequently check-in with you; even when there is no need, go with Mary Higdon. I'm thankful to have found her while I was living in Bloomington.
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Posted by Reed | June 15, 2021
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Amazed
I hired her on a old case that was going nowhere , had a public defender that wasnt doing a thing to help and i calle mrs.higdon. she did what she said and more than she said. I was from out of town she helped make it easy as possible and fair. I highly recomender her . By far the best criminal rep. Ive had in 15 years . Well worth the money
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Posted by RJ | March 16, 2019
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Resolution of Issue
Ms Higdon was expectional in her follow through and client service to resolve the issue amicably.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Mary Higdon is very thorough, congenial, and highly communicative with those she represents. She presents the case she is representing in the best possible light. A true credit to the profession.
Response from Mary Higdon March 8, 2019
Thank-you so much for that compliment. Means a lot to me!
Posted by Josh | February 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Attorney for a Bad Experience
Mary is an excellent attorney! I live in another state but needed an attorney to handle a case for me in Indiana. On a whim, I called Mary. She took the time to listen to all of the details of my case, quickly pulled the records, reviewed them, and called me back. From day one she told me that she believed she could get it dismissed and that she would strive to make that happen. She kept in regular contact with me, letting me know each time she spoke with the county attorney and each new piece of information she discovered. She was incredibly professional, but also very friendly throughout. Indeed, within a couple of months, she was able to get the case dismissed without me ever needing to return to central Indiana. I would highly recommend Mary - she clearly knows what she is doing and does it very well! She works on her client's behalf to ensure she gets them the best result possible and as quickly as possible.
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Response from Mary Higdon February 11, 2019
I can't thank you enough for your positive feedback, and am so happy things worked out to your advantage. Thanks again - Mary
Posted by Diana | February 5, 2019
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Review for Mary Higdon
Mary was excellent in everything she did for my grandson. She knows the legal system in Bloomington, and you can tell she has an excellent relationship with the courts. She was always available and quickly followed up with all tasks which made the process much easier. She was always encouraging and extremely easy to communicate and correspond with. I highly recommend her!
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Response from Mary Higdon February 6, 2019
Thank-you so much. Appreciate your positive feedback!
Posted by Andrew | February 5, 2019
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Excellent Experience
Mary is an excellent lawyer. She assisted me in getting a hit and run case dismissed. She is easy to speak to and explains things clearly. First time I have ever hired a lawyer for anything and it was a good experience — despite the need for a lawyer in general. She made sure everything was always taken care of and went above and beyond my expectations. Highly recommended.
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Response from Mary Higdon February 6, 2019
Thank-you!!!
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2018
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Mary is great!
I am so happy I chose Mary to represent me in my case. She made me feel extremely comfortable with the whole situation. She also got my charge down to a lower charge. She was always easy to contact and always made sure I was okay with what was happening. I definitely would recommend Mary to anyone who needs a great lawyer. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Mary Higdon is an excellent attorney. I retained her on a case of mine and was very impressed with her knowledge and expertise. She always responds to questions in a quick and timely manor. She has an empathetic and personal approach that helps you through the legal process in a positive way. I would recommend her to anyone who wants the best possible legal outcome to their case.
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Response from Mary Higdon June 22, 2018
Thank-you so much!!
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2018
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Phenomenal lawyer!
I hired Mary to expedite and resolve a case pending a charge. She was professional, personable, and prompt which eased my anxieties throughout the process. Because of her knowledge and quick action I was able to say my case was a “no charge.” I highly recommend Mary to anyone in need of someone who will take action for you to ensure the best possible outcome for theiyou case. She is affordable and knows the system better than any lawyer I have hired previously. Because of Mary I am able to move forward positively with my life and know that there are still good people that will fight for you (she is one of them).
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Posted by Nick | May 18, 2018
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First and only DUI Offense
Mary was an excellent attorney. Very astute and intelligent and cares for all of the clients that she represents. As this was my only offense, she was able to navigate me through all of the formalities involved in a first DUI process. I was able to complete all of the requirements of my probation and was happy to be done with this ordeal. Don't drink and drive. She also has an amazing ability to answer her phone whenever you need her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2018
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Smart and empathetic
We were in an urgent situation and did not have time to shop around. Mary was one of the very few that responded and we decided to engage her. She was absolutely fantastic. She was very professional, patient, thorough, knowledgeable, confident, and above all and important, very empathetic. I am so glad that she worked on our case. 5 stars recommendation without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2018
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An absolutely amazing attorney. A rare gem.
Mary protected me from an unfair and skewed justice system. She went above and beyond in every aspect of the case. She also was a guiding force in ensuring that I didn't do anything to jeopardize my case; she did this by being so emotionally intelligent and in-tune with the anxiety and stress I was feeling that she at times counseled me on refraining from action before I even knew what was in my head. I know I got the best possible outcome with Mary.
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Posted by Mark | April 20, 2018
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Mary Higdon
Mary is a terrific lawyer for anyone with kids attending college on Bloomington. She was always there when we needed her and know how to obtain the best possible outcome for difficult situations. She always kept us informed and options we had. She us a very nice and caring person. She definitely believes in helping young adults get a second chance. We couldnt have made a bettet choice! Thanks
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Response from Mary Higdon April 20, 2018
Thank-you so much Mark!
Posted by Denise | April 19, 2018
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Denise
Could not say enough good about Mary. Anytime I had a question, I could send it via email and she would respond. I appreciated this so much and it helped me to be at ease. My family had not experienced any problems with the law before and I was ignorant to it. To be honest, I felt a huge loss when everything was over. We worked with her for 8 months and I really respected her. Denise
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Response from Mary Higdon April 20, 2018
Denise, Thank-you so much for the positive feedback. It was a pleasure working with you and your family! Mary
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2018
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Traffic violation with warrant
Mary Higdon was able to my case dismissed. This was an older traffic violation with a warrant for my arrest in Indiana. I live in Alaska and Mary Higdon was able to work with me remotely to resolve this case. She was responsive and efficient at working with the local Procecutor and Judge.
Posted by Kunal | March 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I would highly recommend Mary Higdon. She's a very personable, altruistic, and intelligent woman. She will provide useful help at a reasonable price. If you have been convicted of a DUI/DWI, she's your go-to person!
Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2018
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Great job, very on top of the case
Constantly made sure all parties involved were up to date and getting their work done. Made my transition so much smoother.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Higdon Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecutor
  • Monroe County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Youngcourt Law
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Jackson Co. Public Defender's Ofc
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Elder Law Clinic
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • Jackson County Public Defender's Office
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Bureau Chief - Victim's Assistance
  • Maricopa Country Attorney's Ofc
  • 1999 - 2003
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Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • Arizona State University
  • Masters
  • 2001
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Bachelors
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • St. v. Jay
  • A felony Dismissed, Plea to D felony possession of controlled substance
  • St. v. Beasley
  • C Felony battery reduced to misdemeanor.
  • St. v. Eicle
  • C Felony battery; case dismissed.
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Associations

  • Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Indiana University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indiana Public Defender Council
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Honor Society of Pi Alpha Alpha
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Equal Justice Works
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Award
  • Southern Illinois University
  • 2005
  • Scholarship
  • Equal Justice Works
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association Annual Board Meeting - Participant / Attendee
  • 2022

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (16)
Endorse Mary
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mary and I represented a man who we felt strongly was wrongfully accused of a serious crime. We were able to obtain an acquittal. Mary worked tirelessly to make sure justice was done and left no stone unturned. She will do everything she can to help you and I recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mary is very competent and hard working. You can tell her concern for her clients' best interests is sincere."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mary Higdon has it all. She has been both a former prosecutor and a pubic defender. To know both sides of the equation is a huge advantage and her clients will surely benefit. If you are in or near Bloomington don't pass up the opportunity to consult with her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Higdon's knowledge of law and reputation in the legal community is second to none. She always has her clients' best interests in mind. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of legal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Our firm had an urgent and immediate need to find co-counsel on a criminal case in Bloomington, IN. Mary came highly recommended, and we are so grateful we found her. She was diligent, well-connected and extraordinarily knowledgeable about criminal laws in Indiana. She is highly rated on AVVO for a reason, and we are happy to strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Higdon is a well-respected Criminal Defense / DUI / DWI attorney. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a lawyer who truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible. Ms. Higdon is a terrific lawyer. I endorse Ms. Higdon to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. I worked as a defense attorney opposite Ms. Higdon on many cases when she was serving as a Deputy Prosecutor in Monroe County. She impressed me on many levels. She always exhibited a strong sense of ethics, fairness, intellect, and compassion. She knew the facts and the laws pertaining to every case for which she was responsible and always maintained the highest professional standards in dealing with the bench and fellow bar members."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mary is a very competent and capable attorney, and I greatly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've decided to endorse Ms. Higdon for many reasons. One of the main reasons; however, is because she is always looking out for her clients and colleagues. Our profession could use more attorneys like Ms. Higdon."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mary is a true professional. I never hesitate to refer cases to her. I know that she will handle each referral with integrity, respect and courtesy that all clients deserve. She has the knowledge, experience, and drive that it takes to win."
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Bloomington Criminal defense Lawyer Mary Frances Higdon
Mary Frances Higdon
Criminal defense Attorney
Bloomington, IN
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available