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My firm handles catastrophic injury cases throughout Texas and we also specialize in representing military families who have been catastrophically injured at military hospitals around the country.  Our firm is humbled to represent so many military familes and veterans across the United States and in doing so we have achieved three of the largest individual verdicts and two of the largest individual settlements in the history of the federal tort claims act (FTCA).


I have successfully litigated cases in Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington D.C.


Specialties: Litigation and trial of catastrophic injury cases in Texas and around the country in state and federal courts.  Cases include birth injuries (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy; cerebral palsy; shoulder dystocia), spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries, failure to diagnose cancer, wrongful death, and other serious permanent injury cases. Please feel free to call us at 866-566-4346. 


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 40%
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
  3. Brain Injury: 20%
  4. Birth Injury: 20%



Contingent (20-40%)

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Contact info

Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar & Higginbotham PLLC

7500 Rialto Blvd., Building Two
Suite 250
Austin, TX, 78735


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Super Lawyer Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Legal Leaders On the RiseTexas Lawyer Magazine2013
Super Lawyer Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Super Lawyer Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Super Lawyer Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Super Lawyers Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Super Lawyers Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Super Lawyer Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWhitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar & Higginbotham PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerArchuleta, Alsaffar & Higginbotham2003 - Present
AssociateThe Michael Archuleta Law Firm2003 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeFederal Torts Executive Committee2007 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
American Association for JusticeChair--Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section2010 - 2011
American Association for JusticeChair-Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brown v. U.S.A.$13,690,648 trial verdict
Humble v. U.S.A.$5,800,000 Settlement
Holweger v. USA$2,300,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
AAJ Trial MagazineNavigating the Federal Tort Claims Act2011
Federal Tort and Military Advocacy NewsletterWhen Does the Kubrick Clock Start Ticking?2009
Federal Tort and Military Advocacy Section NewsletterBiting the Hand that Feeds You: The Government's Treatment of Treating Physician Testimony2006
Federal Tort and Military Advocacy NewsletterChoose Wisely: How Choice-of-Law Rules Affect Your FTCA Case2005
ATLA Trial MagazineFighting for Military Mothers' Newborns2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor UniversityN/AN/A2000
University of Texas System, AustinPhilosophy/HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice Annual Summer Convention New York CityFTCA Traps for the Unwary2011
American Association for Justice Annual Summer ConventionHurricane Katrina Lawsuit2010