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Erin K. Higgins

Erin is a trial lawyer whose practice is concentrated in business litigation and professional and product liability defense. Erin also counsels on insurance coverage matters.

Erin has been named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" by the publishers of Boston Magazine every year since the designation was created in 2004. She is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Section of Litigation, and formerly co-chaired the Boston Bar Association's Professional Liability Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Litigation Counsel of America. 

Erin is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She is also a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

Erin co-chairs the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group. She also chairs the firm's Pro Bono Committee, and serves as the firm's Risk Management partner. 

  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance company in rescission action filed in New Jersey Superior Court, defeating claim that allegedly innocent co-insureds should retain coverage.
  • Obtained summary judgment for manufacturer of hot tub spa in product liability action filed in Connecticut federal district court, on grounds that disclosed expert testimony was insufficient to establish that alleged defect made the product unreasonably dangerous, or was the cause of injury.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that plaintiff had not sufficiently alleged conflict of interest or damages.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that plaintiff could not demonstrate existence of attorney-client relationship as a matter of law.
  • Obtained defense verdict for electrical subcontractor following three-week jury trial of negligence claims brought by two injured tunnel workers.
  • Obtained defense verdict for hotel company following 8-day jury trial of age discrimination claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance company in declaratory judgment action involving a $3 million arbitration award.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a Pennsylvania insurance agency on claims presenting an exposure of nine million dollars.
  • Represented a distributor seeking to prevent the termination of his distributorship agreement and the likely loss of his business. Following a five-day evidentiary hearing in federal court, obtained a preliminary injunction which allowed the distributor to continue marketing and selling the licensed products in his exclusive territory,
  • Represented a municipality in a four-day evidentiary hearing before the Department of Telecommunications and Energy, seeking a determination as to the proper interpretation of an inter-municipal agreement regarding sewage treatment and transport. Following the hearing, the DTE issued a 51-page opinion in favor of the firm's client.


  • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Member
  • Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Member
  • Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member
  • Boston Bar Association Litigation Section, Co-Chair
  • Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, Board Member and Former President
  • Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Board Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation, Board Member
  • American Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section, Member
  • Women's Bar Association, Member
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Member
  • Boston College Law School, J.D. cum laude (1991)
  • Georgetown University, B.A. cum laude (1987)
  • Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, ABA Tort Trial & Ins. Practices Section (2014)
  • Top Women in the Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2012)
  • Victim Rights Law Center Shining Star Award for pro bono work (2009)
  • Selected as Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Selected as Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Represent clients on a pro bono basis in civil matters arising out of sexual assault and domestic abuse complaints.