Higgins Settlement Law, L.L.P. is the pre-eminent and most experienced tax firm specializing in settlements in the country. Our founder, David Higgins, authored the structured settlement law. He drafted the text of the structured settlement law introduced in the House and the Senate, testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means and negotiated its final terms with the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, resulting in its passage and signature by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
We advise plaintiffs with respect to tax and other issues in settlements. Our practice includes the tax considerations in settlement negotiations, qualified settlement fund formation and administration, structured-settlement law, Medicare and Medicaid lien resolution, benefit preservation, special needs trusts, guardianships and conservatorships.
By concentrating on the tax matters central to settling plaintiffs, we ensure that each plaintiff’s unique life circumstances are accounted for in planning for settlement. Whether protecting vital government benefits, distributing payments in a multiple-plaintiff settlement or drafting a settlement agreement, we will protect your plaintiff from the legal pitfalls of receiving a large sum of money.
In recent years, the firm has been appointed by state and federal courts to provide advice to and administer qualified settlement funds containing over one billion dollars including settlements relating to the following products or events:
- Ortho Evra
- Crandall Canyon Utah mine disaster
- Santa Monica Farmers’ Market accident
- Boston Archdiocese sexual abuse cases