Sally Higgins, The Higgins Law Firm


Sally Higgins Ray Owens

Ray OwensRAY OWENS


LEGAL EXPERIENCE


2012: Higgins & Owens, PLLC

1982-2012: K&L Gates, LLP (formerly Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, LLP) (associate and partner)

1978-1982: Walker Palmer & Miller, P.A. (associate)


AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings1
  • Listed in BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA’s Legal Elite for Business Litigation (multiple years)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (multiple years)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (multiple years); Top 100 Lawyers in N.C. (2006); Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte (2014); Benchmark Litigation (multiple years)
  • THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER’s “Guardian of the Environment” (co-honoree; 2005)
  • North Carolina Bar Association’s Large Law Firm Pro Bono Justice Award (co-winner; 2005)
  • North Carolina Bar Association’s Pro Bono Justice Award (1999)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
  • Speaker, "Mediation in Construction Cases," presented by the North Carolina Bar Association (2014)
  • Speaker, “Crisis Management and Dealing with the Press,” presented by Strategic Leadership Forum of the Carolinas (2012)
  • Co-Presenter, “New Techniques in Civil Discovery,” presented by North Carolina Bar Association (2011)
  • Speaker, “Renaissance of Professionalism,” presented by North Carolina Bar Foundation (2005)
  • Speaker, “Dealing with the Difficult Lawyer or When is Kickboxing Appropriate for an Officer of the Court?” presented by North Carolina Bar Foundation (2003)

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Conservation Trust of North Carolina, Board of Directors (2012 - present), President-Elect (2015)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors (2004 – present)
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Board of Directors (2004 – 2012)
  • IOLTA, Board of Directors, Chair (1999-2001) and Member (1996-2001)
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Board of Directors (2004-2010)
  • Arts & Science Council, Board of Directors, Executive Committee (2000-2002) and Member (1998-2004)

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina, J.D., 1978
  • Order of the Golden Fleece
  • NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW, Staff Member (1976-1978)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., summa cum laude, History and German, 1975
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1973-1975)
  • North Carolina Honors Program (1971-1975)


 


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