For more than 20 years, John Higgins has counseled and represented employers in all types of employment, employment discrimination, employee benefits, and traditional labor litigation and practice. He has represented employers, big and small, in labor and employment arbitrations, mediations, and labor negotiations, before the NLRB, the EEOC, OFCCP, OSHA, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the U.S. and New York State Labor Departments, and other administrative agencies.
John also has significant experience representing employers in state and federal courts, as well as on appeal, including first chair experience in both jury and non-jury trials in cases of age, sex, pregnancy, race, disability, and other types of discrimination and retaliation, and defending claims brought against employers and fiduciaries under ERISA and state common laws. John’s trial experience includes serving as lead defense counsel in class action, multiple plaintiff, and individual plaintiff cases. John is also experienced in all types of employment, affirmative action, and diversity compliance audits and in the investigation of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, employee theft, and other workplace complaints.
Before joining Nixon Peabody LLP in 2001, John was of counsel with Cusick, Hacker & Murphy, LLP, in Latham, New York. From 1989 to 1996, he was an associate in the Labor Department with Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP, in both Albany and Syracuse, New York. Between 1995-1998, John was an adjunct professor of law at Albany Law School of Union University, where he taught all aspects of employment regulation. He is a frequent lecturer and trainer for the State Bar Association, and for employer and personnel groups on issues related to sexual, racial, and other types of harassment and discrimination, affirmative action, union avoidance, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, ERISA litigation, and legal ethics.