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John P. Higgins

Member, Indianapolis

John is a member with SKO. He joined SKO in 2022, as part of the firm’s merger with Katz Korin Cunningham. A member of the Business Services group, John represents clients in all aspects of litigation with a focus on business disputes and construction-related litigation as well as professional liability.

With extensive experience representing contractors, John has successfully litigated construction disagreements ranging from disputes with homeowners to multi-million-dollar lawsuits up and down the owner, contractor, sub-contractor, and surety chain. He provides comprehensive legal services to numerous local, statewide, and regional home improvement service providers including builders, roofing contractors, interior remodelers, damage restoration companies, and bathroom remodelers. John guides his clients through legal compliance issues arising under state construction and consumer protection laws and defends contractors alleged to have violated them.

Construction Law: John advises his clients on the often-perilous relationship between contractors and their customer’s property insurance company to maximize insurance recoveries available to pay for the contractor’s services without running afoul of the prohibition against public adjusting. He works to streamline the collection process for his clients by formalizing processes at the outset to eliminate common customer defenses in an effort to maximize potential recovery through the mechanics lien and collection process.

John is a regular presenter at continuing legal education seminars on attorney ethics. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee and the Indiana Board of Law Examiner's Committee on Character and Fitness.

Prior to joining Katz Korin Cunningham, John represented the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission where his practice was focused on trust account mismanagement and financial-related misconduct. He was responsible for screenings, audits, prosecutions, and appeals of trust account matters before the Indiana Supreme Court. In addition, he regularly handled the investigation, prosecution and appeal of misconduct cases arising from bankruptcy, probate, receivership, and other business-related matters. John’s practice has resulted in dozens of reported cases, including numerous per curiam opinions from the Indiana Supreme Court.

Education
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
2012, J.D., magna cum laude
Wabash College
2009, B.A., magna cum laude
Admissions
Indiana
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Recognition

  • American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal of Excellence
  • Bingham Award
  • Indiana Law Review, Editor
  • Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law – “Up and Coming”, 2020
  • Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2018 – 2020
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Program
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Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee
  • Indiana State Bar Association Attorney Fee Dispute Committee
  • Board of Law Examiners Committee on Character and Fitness
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News Seminars

 

     The Legal Stuff for Roofing Contractors, One Industry, One Model, Presenter, 2022