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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.

Attorneys at Our Firm
Jim Higgins

Mr. Higgins is a principal partner for the Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation section of the firm. This section handles workers compensation, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and abuse, automobile accidents, and premises liability cases. Multiple attorneys and support staff assist Mr. Higgins, a Nashville personal injury lawyer who has vast experience in trying significant injury cases. Mr. Higgins is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Memphis. His career began defending insurance companies, but for the past several years has only represented the injured. Mr. Higgins is a 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 litigates serious injury cases in Nashville, TN and throughout the country, and his licensed in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.

Richard Piliponis

Mr. Piliponis 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 is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Piliponis has litigated cases across the southeast and regularly assists other law firms with these complex cases.

Don Himmelberg

Mr. Himmelberg is in charge of the criminal law division of the firm. Mr. Himmelberg is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville School of Law. Mr. Himmelberg began his career clerking for the Criminal Circuit Court Judge Randall Wyatt and then as a former Assistant District Attorney after which he transitioned into a career specializing in criminal defense. Mr. Himmelberg representing persons accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes at both the State and Federal Court levels.

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.

Carrie LaBrec

Ms. LaBrec is a part of the firm's Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation Division, handling automobile/trucking accidents, nursing home abuse and negligence, premises liability, workers' compensation, and products' liability cases. She is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN and earned her Juris Doctor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR. Ms. LaBrec's career began gaining extensive trial experience as a Metro Nashville Assistant Public Defender after which she transitioned to another prominent civil litigation firm where she gained several years' experience representing injured Plaintiffs. She is an avid soccer player and a supporter of several humanitarian organizations, including NAMI and CASA.

Ben Miller

Mr. Miller primarily handles business disputes and complex personal injury cases, such as nursing home neglect/abuse, product liability and other matters involving serious injuries. He spent the first eight years of his practice with a firm that defended insurance companies and their insureds, which included individuals, small private businesses and large public corporations, but he now represent individuals and businesses who have been harmed by others.

Mr. Miller obtained his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2006. During law school he met his wife and fellow attorney, Elizabeth, and they now live in the Nashville neighborhood of Green Hills with their son, Henry.

Client Reviews
When my mother was neglected in a nursing home I was referred to The Higgins Firm for help. They did a great job representing my family and obtained a significant settlement. Hopefully, this will keep someone else's parent from being mistreated in the future. Angie S.
I have a large collection practice and don't handle personal injury cases. Instead of simply declining a case, I referred it to The Higgins Firm. They handled everything. My client got a large recovery and I got a large co-counsel fee. The client and I were both very happy. Attorney Bo Melton
The best injury lawyers in Nashville. They represented my son in a car accident case and did an awesome job. James D.