Federal tort attorney Laurie M. Higginbotham is a nationally experienced trial and appellate lawyer. She has a national Federal Tort Claims Act practice, having represented clients in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon, Washington, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, New York, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and other venues. In addition to trial work as a federal tort claims attorney, Ms. Higginbotham has handled a number of appeals in various courts of appeals including the Texas Supreme Court, the 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th Circuits and in the United States Supreme Court. In 2011, Ms. Higginbotham was recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of 20 “Winning Women,” profiling outstanding female Texas litigators and appellate lawyers who prevail in high-stakes cases that make law or have an impact nationally or statewide, win large monetary awards, and handle first-of-their-kind or bet-the-company litigation or appeals. In 2007, she was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Austin Young Lawyer’s Association. She has been listed as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters every year from 2004 – 2013, and as a Super Lawyer from 2013 – 2021. She is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers. She has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence. She has a 10/10 rating from Avvo, and achieved the highest rating of AV Preeminent, the highest ethical standing, from Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Higginbotham is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Austin Bar Association. She has twice served as the Chair of the Federal Tort Liability and Military Advocacy section of the American Association for Justice, as President of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association, and as Chair of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation. She was member of the Lloyd Lochridge Inns of Court from 2009 – 2019. She is a fellow of the a Texas State Bar Foundation has served on the District 9 Nominating Committee. Ms. Higginbotham is also a fellow of the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation and a fellow of the Austin Bar Foundation. She served for over 10 years on the Admission Committee for the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. She was appointed by Western District Federal Judges to serve on a Merit Selection Panel for the new magistrate position for the United States District Court, Western District of Texas in 2019 and again in 2021. She served on the board of the Austin Chapter of the American Constitution Society.
Ms. Higginbotham has been an active volunteer with the Lake Travis Independent School District for over 12 years. She has served as a member of the Lake Travis ISD CLASS (Community Leaders and Advocates for Student Success), as a room mother for several years, and volunteered for the PTO. For several years, she has coached a Destination Imagination team at the middle school and high school level, and advanced a team to Global Finals. She is a member of the Young Men’s Service League, Cavaliers Chapter, through which she spearheaded the creation of the “Buc Lounge” food pantry and supply closet for disadvantaged students at Hudson Bend Middle School. She has served on the Board for YMSL Cavaliers Chapter as Vice President of Philanthropy (2021-2022) and Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy (2018-2021). In 2019, she was named the Hudson Bend Middle School Volunteer of the Year.
Ms. Higginbotham has been very active in the City of Lakeway government. Ms. Higginbotham was twice elected to serve on the Lakeway City Council (2018-2020 and 2020-2022) and twice selected by Council to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem (2019-2020 and 2020-2021). She previously served on the Board of Ethics (2012-2018), Chair (2013-2018) and the Board of Adjustment (2018).
Ms. Higginbotham advocates for active duty military families in the legislative arena as well as the courtroom. She has worked on several recent legislative endeavors including the SFC Richard Staystal Medical Accountability Act of 2019, which allowed active duty service members to bring administrative claims for medical malpractice for the first time in over 70 years. She has been lead counsel in two attempts to overturn the Feres Doctrine at the United States Supreme Court.