Robert M. Higgins
Having achieved the Commonwealth’s largest medical malpractice award — a $40 million verdict for a baby brain damaged at birth — Robert Higgins is one of the state’s top medical malpractice trial attorneys. In 2014, Higgins secured three of the five largest verdicts — $16.7 million for a failure to diagnose lung cancer resulting in the death of a 47-year-old, $13 million for the death of a 38-year-old man following a tonsillectomy, and $4.8 million for a failure to diagnose myocarditis resulting in the death of a 23-year-old. These verdicts follow a $14.5 million award for the failure of doctors to diagnose and treat an infection leading to the death of 40-year-old woman and a $13.5 million verdict for the failure of doctors to diagnose and treat abdominal compartment syndrome leading to the death of a 30-year-old woman. Higgins secured the largest jury award in Plymouth County — a $19.8 million verdict for a doctor’s failure to diagnose cervical cancer as well as a $7.2 million award for a doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer.
Attorney Higgins has received the distinction of being listed by Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine each year since 2006. He is further recognized by being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008, the universally regarded definitive guide to legal excellence, which names him the “Lawyer of the Year” for Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law in its 2015 edition.
Attorney Higgins has consistently maintained an AV rating—the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards—from the well-respected national directory of lawyers, Martindale Hubbell.
Attorney Higgins is a frequent guest lecturer for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education organization, The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Suffolk University Law School. Attorney Higgins provides legal analysis and commentary for local news stations on topics related to medical malpractice and jury trials.
A 1991 graduate of the University of Maine, Attorney Higgins received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1994. He began as an associate at Lubin & Meyer in 1994 and became a partner in 2001. He is licensed to practice in both the federal and state courts of Massachusetts, and his professional memberships include the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Attorney Higgins is a member of the board of trustees of Boston College High School, and is a board member of The Jett Foundation that raises awareness of and promotes research into Muscular Dystrophy.