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Higgs & Johnson has received ranking accolades in the areas of corporate law, dispute resolution and real estate with the release of Legal 500 Caribbean (2021), the clients’ guide to the best law firms and lawyers. The Guide highlighted the firm’s commercial practice for ‘handling the full gamut of commercial, corporate, and banking and finance mandates’ with clients praising attorneys for ‘providing timely, careful and reliable advice on international transactions.’ The ‘outstanding’ litigation team was lauded for ‘providing significant and timely counsel in disputes’ and the real estate department recognized for its ‘experience in assisting domestic and international real estate investors on residential properties and high-end developments.

Rankings and Recommendations

Oscar N. Johnson, Jr., Co-Managing Partner, is ranked as a ‘leading individual’ specializing in commercial and civil litigation, admiralty law, insurance and employment law.

Co–Managing Partner, Surinder Deal, is a ‘recommended’ corporate and commercial practitioner whose ‘understanding of very complex financing agreements is essential to debt refinancing’.

Partner and chair of the Real Estate practice group, Sterling H. Cooke, is a proficient property attorney ‘recommended’ for his experience in ‘assisting domestic and international real estate investors.’

Vivienne M. Gouthro, Partner and chair of the Maritime & Aviation practice group, is a ‘recommended’ attorney who specializes in ship and international finance, corporate and commercial law.

Partner, Zarina M. Fitzgerald, specializes in corporate, commercial and financial services law and is praised for providing ‘timely, careful advice that one can rely upon without concern in international transactions.’

Partner, Stephen J. Melvin, is a seasoned real estate attorney with a ‘notable track record in assisting high-net-worth individuals with private island acquisitions and expertise in commercial real estate issues relating to hotel and mixed-use resort work.’

Litigation Partner, Tara A. Archer-Glasgow, is recommended and ranked as a ‘leading individual’ who is well regarded as a dispute resolution lawyer and noted for being a ‘very diligent’ litigator who is ‘relentless, smart and valued for her expertise’.

Ranked as a ‘leading individual’ in corporate law (including banking, finance and M&A), Christel Sands-Feaste has over 20 years’ experience in handling domestic and international asset financing mandates, corporate structuring issues, securities and investment fund matters.

Audley D. Hanna, Jr. is a skilled commercial litigator who is praised as ‘excellent, particularly with regard to contract disputes, as well as labour disputes.’

Associate, Corey Brown, is ranked as a ‘rising star’ in the commercial practice area specific to financial services regulatory frameworks.

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