Stephen Higgins has been passionately defending individuals charged with criminal offenses since shortly after graduating from Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, in 2004. During his career as a criminal defense attorney, Stephen has been recognized by AVVO, a lawyer rating service, with a “Superb – 10.0” rating by his peers and clients. He has also been interviewed by local print and television media regarding DUI and other traffic-related matters.
Stephen’s introduction to the criminal defense world came during his judicial internship with the Honorable Freda Wolfson, United States District Court Judge in Camden, NJ. During the trial of several alleged drug ‘kingpins,’ he came to appreciate the value of an aggressive, knowledgeable and passionate criminal defense lawyer. That experience has helped shape the zealous attorney he is today and embodies the lawyer he strives to be.
Stephen focuses his practice on defending those charged with various types of criminal offenses, including DUI, drug possession, theft, fleeing to elude, leaving the scene of an accident, assault and battery, probation violations and traffic tickets. On any given day, Stephen can be found in the courthouse advocating for his clients’ rights, exuding the skills and characteristics that not only make him a successful attorney, but that also form the basis of a trusting, respectful relationship between him and his clients.
Stephen is originally from Essex, Connecticut and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. In 2004, he graduated with a J.D./M.B.A. from Rutgers Law School and Rutgers Graduate School of Business. He began his career with Brown & Connery in Westmont, New Jersey and, in 2005, moved to Florida to work with Finebloom & Haenel, PA.
Stephen is a member of the Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Florida, state courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Courts of New Jersey. Stephen is also a member of the Hillsborough and Sarasota County Bar Associations, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.