Sally Higgins, The Higgins Law Firm
lawyer of the year
lawyer of the year

Sally Higgins Ray Owens



2008-Present: Higgins & Owens, PLLC (formerly Higgins Law Firm, PLLC)

1996-2008: Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, (partner and associate)

1995-1996: Law Clerk to the Honorable Sam J. Ervin, III, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings1
  • Named “Charlotte Best Lawyers Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” (2012)
  • Listed in BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA’s Legal Elite for Business Litigation (2012)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (multiple years)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers in Business Litigation
  • “Outstanding Recent Graduate,” awarded by the University of  North Carolina School of Law (2004)
  • Featured in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, “Up and Coming Lawyers:  Sally Higgins:  Orchestrating the Good Fight” (August 2004)
  • “Women in Business Achievement Award,”  awarded by Charlotte Business Journal (2004)
  • “40 Under 40,” awarded by Charlotte Business Journal (2003)


  • Speaker, “Strategic and Procedural Considerations in State vs. Federal Practice,” presented by Mecklenburg County Bar (November 2011)
  • Panelist, “Lawyer Life: Is That an Oxymoron?”, presented by Mecklenburg County Bar (April 2009)
  • ERISA LITIGATION, contributing editor and author of chapter titled “Attorney Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine” (3rd ed. 2008)
  • “401(k) Plan Litigation on the Rise”, NORTH CAROLINA LAWYERS WEEKLY, Carolinas’ Employment Law Directory (2008)
  • “On the Rise:  401(k) Plan Fee Litigation,” ABA Health eSource (June 2007)
  • Program Chair and Presenter, “Business Litigation Forum,” presented by Mecklenburg County Bar (February 2006)
  • “Federal Civil Practice” chapter (co-author), North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Deskbook (3d ed. 2004; 4th ed. forthcoming)


  • Women Presidents Organization, Charlotte Chapter (2004-present)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar: Centennial Committee Member and Co-Chair, Celebration of Community Service Task Force (2011-2012); Vice President (2003-2005); Board of Directors (2001-2005); Bar Leadership Institute (2002); Lawyers Teaching Justice, Founder and Chair (2001-2002)
  • Community School of the Arts, Board of Directors (2004-2010); Executive Committee (2006-2010)
  • Myers Park High School, School Leadership Team (2011-present)


University of North Carolina, J.D., with high honors, 1995
  • NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW, Executive Articles Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • Walter Clark Award (presented to top five students in graduating class)
Duke University, B.A., cum laude, English, 1990


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