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Douglas F. Higham, Sr.



Mr. Higham has retired as Of Counsel to the firm.

Mr. Higham's practice emphasized 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's practice involved 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.

Mr. Higham is a native of California, and practiced law in this state starting in 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 brought that same attitude and background to Robinson & Robinson. Having been a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA") for a number of years, Mr. Higham also brought a unique business, financial and tax background to the practice of law.

Mr. Higham 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.


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • 1978
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Brigham Young University
    • B.S.
    • Major: Accounting

Other Professional Qualifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”)

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Agreements & Transactions
  • Real Estate
  • Business Formations
  • Finance
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer

Bar Admissions

  • California, Inactive as of 2023

Past Positions

  • Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth, Shareholder
  • Higham, McConnell & Dunning, Founding Partner

Professional Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association, Tax, Business and Corporate, and Real Estate Sections
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Church-related volunteer work in Arizona
Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2020

The firm’s senior attorneys have received the prestigious Martindale-Hubble “AV-Preeminent” ranking. According to “,” an “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating is an outstanding achievement and demonstrates that a lawyer has earned the highest rating available for their legal ability and professional ethics.

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I highly recommend Robinson & Robinson to any business owners looking for a legal team to help them grow their business operations.

Larry Sommerfield, President Direct Media Communications, Inc. & Founder/Former President Horizon West Financial, Inc.

From drafting contracts for the sale of our business, and our new business, the group of lawyers at Jeff’s firm have been exceptional.

Nick Kosareff, RN, President/Founder @ Young At Heart Senior Placement

Robinson & Robinson provides the exceptional legal advice, clarity, and peace of mind we look for in a relationship with our attorneys.

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