Douglas F. Higham, Sr.

Of Counsel
Mr. Higham emphasizes general (non-litigation) business representation, including day-to-day corporate work; contracts; real estate; tax; work with partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies; venture capital work; as well as all aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Higham has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of agreements of all types, including distribution agreements; employment agreements; implementation of stock option and stock purchase plans; formation of new businesses (including choice of structure); purchases and sales of businesses (together with related financing transactions); real estate leases, purchases, financings and sales; bank financings; technology transfer (including drafting and review of license and other agreements); and all other aspects of general business representation.

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Background
Mr. Higham is a native of California, and has practiced law in this state since 1978. He joined the largest law firm in Orange County when he graduated from law school, and later became a shareholder (partner) in, and a member of the 5-person governing board of, the prestigious business law firm of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth. In 1990, he left the life of a large-firm partner to become a founding partner of Higham, McConnell & Dunning, a business boutique law firm emphasizing expertise and experience typically found only in a much larger law firm, yet providing a higher level of personal service, responsiveness and cost effectiveness. Mr. Higham brings that same attitude and background to Robinson & Robinson. Having been a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) for a number of years, Mr. Higham also brings a unique business, financial and tax background to the practice of law.

Mr. Higham took a three-year leave of absence from his law practice, starting in mid-2005, to perform church-related volunteer work in Arizona (headquartered in Tucson), New Mexico and Texas, where he oversaw the work of over 500 full-time volunteers. As planned, Mr. Higham has now returned to the full-time practice of law, and is delighted to be associated with Robinson & Robinson, which, like his former affiliation, is built on a foundation of cost effective service, personal attention, and first-class representation of varied client needs.

Mr. Higham has worked with a broad range of clients, including hundreds of individuals and Southern California businesses from start-ups to publicly-held companies; and companies throughout the country in connection with their merger and acquisition activities. Among his more interesting projects were representing the purchaser of a 45% interest in the Minnesota Twins baseball team; the representation of Granada Royale Hometels, which later (by acquisition) became Embassy Suites; and the representation of a start up closely held company which later went through rounds of investment banker capitalizations and acquisitions, went public, and finally completed its life cycle by merger with and into another publicly held company.

Education
Mr. Higham graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1978, where he served on the law review. He received his B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, and passed the entire CPA exam, both in 1975. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is a member of the California and Orange County Bar Associations (Tax, Business and Corporate, and Real Estate Sections).

Other
Mr. Higham has great energy for the practice of law and providing value-added service to his clients. He also has a great love of (in ascending order) numerous sports (including volleyball, road cycling and mountain biking) and family, and he serves actively in church and community affairs.