I am privileged to represent parties injured by medical malpractice and the negligence of others. I also represent select commercial litigation clients seeking to be compensated for business or economic losses. As a trial attorney with 32 years of experience, I focus on helping my clients by trying complex cases to verdict.

My Contact Information

ph 518 869 9094
fx 518 869 5142
phiggins@lwflegal.com

Bar Admissions
New York State  1985-current
All Federal District Courts in New York   1987-current
United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit  1998 – current
United States Supreme Court  2009 –current

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as AV Preeminent in Martindale Hubbell® 2015-2017
  • Named by peers to 2012 – 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® in fields of Plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice
  • Listed in Super Lawyers™ for Upstate New York 2007-2017
  • President’s Award June 2014 from New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Certifications
Board Certified in Trial Practice by National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) Jun 2000 – Jun 2020 (Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York.)

Publications
Author, Representing the Personal Injury Plaintiff in New York, New York State Bar Association Lawyers’ Deskbook and Formbook, 2003-current

Editor-in-Chief and Contributing Author, The Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Action in New York State – New York State Bar Association 2009 Two Volume Treatise (2d. Ed 2014)

Author, 5 Ways to Lose Referral Fees; 10 Ways to Keep Them
Jun 2014 New York State Bar Journal

Author, The Evils of the Illegal Practice of Corporate Dentistry
Dec 2013 Trial Magazine — American Association of Justice

Seminars and Speaking Engagements

Conference name Title Date
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers Pleading and Proving Punitive Damages in Commercial Litigation Cases  2017
NYSBA Bridge the Gap Program Effective Client Communication 2017
NYSBA Bridge The Gap Program Trying Cases: Understanding the Mindset and Trial Platform Needed to Win 2016
Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims Judges Common Medical Evidence Issues at Trial 2014
Albany County Bar Association Seminar Series The New Retainers and Good Practices in Referring Cases under New York’s Model Rules 2014
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers State Wide Chair, Moderator and Speaker — Overcoming Evidentiary Challenges in Preparing for Trial 2013
New York State Bar Association The New Normal — Preparing for Trial in the Current Economic Climate 2012
New York State Bar Association State Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker — Handling Tough Issues in a Personal Injury Practice 2012
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers Effective Opening Statements 2012
Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims Judges Panel Discussion on the Medical Indemnity Fund 2012
Annual Meeting of the Association of Court of Claims Judges Medicare and Government Liens in a Personal Injury Action 2012
New York State Bar Association State Wide Chair, Moderator, and Speaker– Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice 2009
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers Direct and Cross Examination of Experts 2008
Albany County Bar Association Trial Techniques for the New Lawyer 2008
Memberships and Organizations

Member New York State Independent Judicial Elections Qualifications Commission (IJEQC) for the Third Judicial District, Jan 2007 – Jan 2013

Albany County Bar Association, President 2008; President-Elect 2007; Vice-President 2006; Secretary 2005; Treasurer 2004; Member, Board of Directors, 1999-2009

American Association of Justice -1991- Present

American Bar Association-Litigation Section; Law Practice Management Section – 1986-2009, 2015 – Present

Delegate New York State Bar Association House of Representatives – 2000-2002, 2005-2009

Member of New York State Office of Court Administration working committee on pro bono for the Third Judicial District – 2006

New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers – 2003- Present

New York State Bar Association – 1985-Present

Education
University at Buffalo School of Law
J.D 1984

State University College at Oneonta
Degree: B.S.
Business
1981