Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation, including banking and business disputes
- Industrial relations and Employment Law
- International Finance and Civil Litigation
- Maritime and Admiralty Law
Mr. Oscar N. Johnson, Jr., was called to both the Bar of England and Wales and the Bahamas Bar in 1985 and practices a full range of corporate and commercial law, specialising in commercial and civil litigation, admiralty law, insurance, and employment law. Oscar was appointed Managing Partner and Global Managing Director of Higgs & Johnson in 2012.
Oscar has appeared as Counsel in a number of important international cases including:- Slim America, Inc.; Premium Sales Corporation; Globe-X Canadiana and Globe-X Management; Americas International Bank (In Liquidation); Debtworks, Inc, and Suisse Security Bank & Trust and as Junior Counsel in Grupo Torras. In 2017, his legal work in landmark court actions which clarified the principle of freedom of contract to limit liability in commercial maritime agreements in cases involving collisions, or allisions globally led to the firm’s selection as a finalist for the Law Firm of the Year category at the 2017 Lloyd’s List Americas Awards.
Oscar has authored Bahamas-specific chapters in International Professional Practice and “The Use of Videoconferencing in The Bahamas.” He has served as a member of The Bridge Authority, the Disciplinary Tribunal, the Arbitration Tribunal, as advisor to the Nassau Tourism & Development Board and on the Board of Directors of St Andrew’s School. He is a member of the International Bar Association, Bahamas Bar Association and a former member of the Ethics Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association. He has been ranked as a leading lawyer in General Business Law: Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global, 2017.
Oscar attended John Abbott College, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, where he obtained the Diplome d’Etude Collegiale. He went on to study History and Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. In 1984 he obtained an LL.B. (Hons) from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies in England. In July 1985 Oscar was called to the Bar of England and Wales and made an Utter Barrister as a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. In August, he joined Higgs & Johnson as an Associate. The following month, he was called to the Bahamas Bar. He was made a Partner at Higgs & Johnson in 1992.