Accomplishments

Helping clients navigate complex legal issues efficiently and effectively for more than 75 years, Higgs Fletcher & Mack attorneys are more motivated by excellence and professionalism, than awards and credentials. Still, it’s nice to be recognized now and then. The passion and expertise of our attorneys have generated a number of awards and accolades.

U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers”

In 2017, Higgs Fletcher & Mack was named a Tier 1 Metropolitan Best Law Firm in eight practice areas and Tier 2 in six practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Super Lawyers®

Additionally, several of Higgs’ attorneys were recognized as Best Lawyers in America®. This list acknowledges the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

2017 Super Lawyers:

2017 Rising Stars:

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated excellence in their legal practice. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The selection is based on a rigorous process and third-party validation of their professional accomplishments. This year, 23 of Higgs’ 70 attorneys were given the honor of Super Lawyer or Rising Star. Rising Stars are awarded to lawyers under 40 who have practiced for less than 10 years, using the same criteria as Super Lawyers®.

Corporate Diversity

Higgs Fletcher & Mack is a past recipient of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association’s Corporate Diversity Award during their annual scholarship and awards dinner. The firm’s Diversity Committee Chair, Susan Hack, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf, “Receiving this award is a tremendous honor for Higgs,” said Hack. “Being recognized by this fine organization is a testament to the hard work of our committee and devotion to fostering a culture of inclusion. I’m very proud of the firm’s continued commitment to diversity not only within the firm but also in the legal community.”

Members of Higgs Fletcher & Mack have accomplished the following honors.

Eight members have been appointed to the Bench

  • William E. Sommer (Superior Court 1963)
  • William A. Glen (Superior Court 1948)
  • Arthur W. Jones (Superior Court 1982)
  • J. Lawrence Irving (U.S. District 1982)
  • Harvey H. Hiber, Jr. (Superior Court 1991)
  • Robert W. Conyers (Superior Court 1959)
  • Judith L. Haller (California Court of Appeals 2006)
  • Gregory W. Pollack (Superior Court 2008)

Five were/are members of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Nine were/are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates

Six members of the firm have been elected President of the San Diego County Bar Association

  • 1940 – Dutch Higgs
  • 1953 – Ferd Fletcher
  • 1959 – Henry Pitts Mack
  • 1963 – William E. Sommer
  • 1984 – Craig Higgs
  • 1953 – Ferd Fletcher
  • 2017 – Loren Freestone