Tom Higgs joined E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy in 2012 after successfully handling a broad array of cases in both Federal and State courts for various clients involving a wide range of matters that included: a class action antitrust lawsuit against graphic chip manufacturers; plaintiffs in product liability actions, municipalities and their employees – including law enforcement officials – in various capacities; a Fortune 500 company under investigation by the Department of Justice; and a NY sports and entertainment network in arbitration against a cable distributor in a carriage dispute.

Tom was previously an attorney at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP and at Murphy, Burns, Barber & Murphy, LLP.

Prior to entering the practice of law, Tom worked as an English teacher for the Japanese Ministry of Education in Japan, as a purchasing manager for an international food company in Philadelphia, and as a manager in the Copper Trading Department of Mitsubishi International Corporation in New York City.

Tom was a judicial extern for the Hon. Thomas E. Mercure, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department and also a research assistant to David D. Siegel, Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • 80% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Insurance Litigation
  • 10% Property Tax

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2003
  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2010


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • J.D. – 2002
    • Law Review: Editorial Board Member, Note & Comment Editor
  • Colgate University
    • A.B. – 1992
    • Major: Asian Studies with a concentration in Japanese; Political Science

Published Works

  • AIDS: Overview of Legal Issues, Representing People With Disabilities, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Albany County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Thomas E. Mercure, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, Judicial Extern
  • Japanese Ministry of Education in Japan
  • Mitsubishi International Corporation, Manager


  • Japanese