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Craig Higgs to be Added to San Diego County Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer Memorial

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SAN DIEGO (February 26, 2020): The San Diego County Bar Foundation will honor the legacy of former Higgs Fletcher & Mack (HFM) Partner Craig Higgs when he is added to the organization’s Distinguished Lawyer Memorial at a virtual reception on October 14, 2020.

The Distinguished Lawyer Memorial gives “special and permanent recognition to deceased lawyers and judges of the San Diego County Bar who demonstrated superior legal skills and high ethical standards. Throughout careers of significant length, honorees have also demonstrated a long track record of community and charitable work.” Recognition in the Distinguished Lawyer Memorial induction is permanent, and plaques honoring each inductee are located in the Hall of Justice.

“Craig Higgs was a pillar of San Diego’s legal community, leaving behind a legacy of not only unparalleled skill and ability as a lawyer, but also one of incredible kindness and generosity,” said Steven Cologne, HFM’s Managing Partner. “For years to come, Craig’s imprint will be felt by the Firm and San Diego’s legal community, and we will continue to practice law and serve our community in a way that honors his vision and ideals.”

A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Craig followed his father Dutch Higgs, one of the two founding partners of Higgs Fletcher & Mack into the “family business” after beginning his legal career at the City Attorney’s Office. He spent the remainder of his career at HFM, where he initially practiced defense work then later began representing plaintiffs before ultimately transitioning into a successful mediation practice. Craig became an acclaimed mediator, known for his even temper, his tenacity and his sense of humor. He served his  professional community through his volunteer leadership roles as both the President of the San Diego County Bar Association (1984) and as the Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (the JNE Commission), which assists the Governor of California in evaluating candidates for appointment to judgeships.

Craig was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, serving a term as President of the San Diego chapter, and was selected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.  He volunteered for the University of San Diego School of Law in numerous ways, including serving on the Board of Visitors for 23 years.

All honorees will be inducted into the Distinguished Lawyer Memorial at a virtual reception in the evening of October 14th. For more information, visit the San Diego County Bar Foundation at