Thomas P. Higgins: Mr. Higgins is has been licensed to practice law since 1990. A graduate of The John Marshall Law School, he is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and all Federal courts.
From a background as a litigator, he has accumulated over two decades of experience as a Mediator and Arbitrator in cases involving personal injury, property damage, building code and construction issues, marital property, business and contract disputes and resolution of issues involving municipalities and police and fire department bargaining units.
Consultant: Mr. Higgins is available to consult and assist municipal and local government bodies and their legal counsel in the following ways:
- Assessing and creating sensible solutions, developing clear policy, and drafting effective ordinances, rules and regulations; and
- Developing and facilitating Staff and Constituent training on new or updated law, policies or processes.
Hearing Officer: First appointed as a Municipal Hearing Officer, in 1997, Mr. Higgins has over two decades of service presiding over a wide range of cases and issues for municipalities, park and school boards and counties to include: police issued municipal citations; parking cases; vehicle impounds; property code and maintenance cases; zoning issues; animal welfare cases and student discipline cases.
Mediation and Arbitration Services: Mr. Higgins earned his mediation experience after being appointed to mediate EEOC cases throughout Central Illinois. Over the years he has served as either a Mediator or Arbitrator assisting resolution of a wide range of disputes regarding: anything related to real property, including but not limited to condition, value and use issues; liability claims; contract performance and damage issues, to include insurance coverage; and non-custody divorce and post divorce issues related to distribution of real and personal property. With use of technology, he is available to provide Mediation and Arbitration services in a variety of flexible and cost effective settings.
Reasonable Fees: Whether it is for services as a Hearing Officer or consultant or contract legal services assisting a municipal body or it's legal counsel, you will find fees to be reasonable and cost effective.
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