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Thomas J. Higgs Esq.

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Latham, New York

Tom Higgs joined 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

  • 40% Commercial Litigation
  • 40% Plaintiff's Personal Injury 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
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  • James E. Hacker

    Jim has a reputation second to none in personal injury law. His record of verdicts and settlements is very impressive.

  • David R. Murphy

    David heads our commercial real estate and property tax law division. He has written extensively in the area of tax certiorari & more.

  • John F. Harwick

    Our business collection efforts are led by partner John Harwick. He has practiced in commercial litigation for more than 15 years. has extensive experience regarding real property executions, sheriff's sales and other collection-related topics.

  • Patrick L. Seely Jr.

    Patrick handles Property Tax Litigation and eminent domain and condemnation proceedings for land owners and municipal authorities alike.

  • Cathy L. Drobny

    Cathy works in Property Tax Litigation before Administration Boards of Assessment Review and the New York State Courts.

Location Albany, NY

Hacker Murphy, LLP
7 Airport Park Boulevard
Latham NY 12110

Phone: 518-213-3710
Toll Free: 866-919-9031
Fax: 518-783-8101
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