The Higgins Firm, PLLC, was established to be a full service law firm in Tennessee for the general public. It has been divided into four interwoven divisions to help serve its clients more efficiently and to capitalize on each lawyer's strengths: Civil Litigation, Workers Compensation, Employment Law and Probate. The three principal partners oversee these individual sections.
Jim is a 4th generation Nashvillian, and proud of it. He also comes from a long line of law. His father has been on the bench as a judge for the past 30+ years. Oddly enough, Jim’s career in law began defending insurance companies. During his time there, he learned the tactics insurance companies use to try and prevent people from getting their fair share in settlements. However, those days are long gone. For the past several years he has exclusively represented the injured, and he’s good at it. Mr. Higgins is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is an organization limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Memphis. He litigates serious injury cases all over Tennessee and throughout the country. He is even licensed in three states: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.Richard Piliponis
Rick is a principal partner for the Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation and the Probate and Estate Planning sections of the firm. He is primarily in charge of the firm's nursing home abuse and neglect and medical malpractice division. He has litigated cases across the southeast and regularly assists other law firms with these complex cases. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. In his free time, Rick is a spectacular rock climber and sometimes even takes trips to climb around the country.Carrie LaBrec
Carrie mostly handles automobile/trucking accidents, premises liability, workers' compensation, and products' liability cases. Her career began gaining extensive trial experience as a Metro Nashville Assistant Public Defender. After that, she transitioned to another prominent civil litigation firm where she gained several years' experience representing injured Plaintiffs, much like she does now. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN and earned her Juris Doctor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR. Outside of work, Carrie is a star player in her local soccer league. She is also a supporter of several humanitarian organizations, including NAMI and CASA.Ben Miller
Ben primarily handles business disputes, product liability, nursing home neglect/abuse, medical malpractice, and complex personal injury cases. Much like Jim, he spent the first eight years of his career with a firm which defended insurance companies and those they insured, but he now represent individuals and businesses who have been harmed by others. This experience often comes in handy through the course of his cases. Mr. Miller obtained his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. During law school, he met his wife and fellow attorney, Elizabeth. Additionally, he enjoys playing tennis regularly.Carly MacMillan
Carly is an associate in the firms Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Division. Carly began her carrier working with a large Florida based nursing home defense firm where she defended long-term care facilities against negligence and wrongful death claims. She continued this carrier path after moving to Nashville with her husband. Fortunately, we were able to convince her to come over to the good side where she now only represents families who were victims of bad nursing home practices.
Carly earned her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Florida and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, magna cum laude.
Carly resides in East Nashville with her husband, Cameron, and their two cockapoos, Cici and Dexter.Elizabeth Miller
Elizabeth is another integral part of the nursing home neglect/abuse and medical malpractice department. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She earned her Juris Doctor at Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC, where she met her husband and fellow attorney, Ben. They do get to work on cases together, and they have an adorable son named Henry. In what little recreational time she’s granted as an attorney and a mother, she sings in a choir. December 2018, her choir sang with Carrie Underwood in the CMA Awards.Don Byrd
Don is the main lawyer for the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate division. Probate is the legal process which happens after someone has passed, in order to properly and legally distribute assets, according to the will or state law. He drafts wills/trusts, assists clients in developing a comprehensive estate plan, and counsels administrators of both simple and complex estates through the probate process. He has been doing Probate/Estate for the entirety of his legal career. Mr. Byrd graduated top of his class at Belmont University’s College of Law and received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Theory and Composition at Belmont University.William W. Merrell
Is a 1964 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and 1974 graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston. He attended graduate school at La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City and the University of Madrid in Spain. He is bilingual and has served as interpreter in court and depositions. The Hispanic community calls him “El Abogado del Pueblo” for his extensive representation of Latins in cases involving workers’ compensation, auto liability, and criminal law. He is admitted to the bar in Tennessee and Texas.