Clifford C. Higby

  • Managing Partner


Panama City, FL





Cliff Higby has been a partner with the law firm of Bryant, Higby & Barr, Chartered in Panama City, Florida since 1991. The law firm was founded in 1983 by partners Rowlett W. Bryant and the late Lynn C. Higby (U.S. District Judge retired 1983). Kevin Barr and Christopher Barr became partners in 2018 and the firm changed it's name from Bryant & Higby, Chartered.

Cliff graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and the University of Florida Law School (JD-1988). He spent his first three years of law practice in Jacksonville, Florida with the law firm of Marks Gray before returning to Panama City where he was born and raised.

Cliff is in his 34th year of practice, and his focus is exclusively Civil Trial practice in trial and appellate courts, mainly on behalf of plaintiffs. His primary areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, commercial litigation, construction litigation, civil rights and municipal liability. Cliff is admitted to The Florida Bar, and admitted to practice in the US District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has handled cases throughout the state of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Cliff is the past President (2003-2004) of the St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court. He was a member of the Executive Counsel for the Trial Lawyers Section of Florida from 2001-2013, and served as Chair from 2010-2011. Cliff currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Legal Counsel in Gainesville, a Public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the civil and human rights of those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation. In 2019, Cliff was elected to the Board of Governors for the Florida Bar, the governing body that regulates Florida's 100,000 plus lawyers.

Cliff is married and he and his wife, Susan have two daughters. Lynne is a double Gator and just graduated from the University of Florida Law School. Mary is soon to be a graduate nurse practitioner from Vanderbilt University. When time permits, Cliff enjoys golf, college football, travel and the mountains of North Carolina with his family.

Continuing Legal Education

Has complied with Florida law requiring 90 hours every two (2) years. Mr. Higby was an instructor and faculty member at The Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Course (2010 - 2016).


  • St. John's Catholic School Advisory Board - (2003-2007)
  • The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida Board of Visitors - (2006-2009)
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • Vanderbilt University Alumni Association
  • Member of the St. John's Catholic Church, Panama City, FL
  • Northwest Florida Public Library Foundation Board - (2011-2016)

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Vanderbilt University
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Rated Peer Review since 2003
  • Super Lawyers 2011- present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bay County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Volunteer Attorney - National Crime Victims Law Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • Florida Bar Board of Governors (Young Lawyers Division) - (1995-1999)
  • Chair, 14th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee - (1999-2003)
  • Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Volunteer
  • Faculty Member - Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program - (2010-2014)
  • Fellow - The Florida Bar Foundation
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court - Bencher (Program Director) - (2001-2003); (President) - (2003-2004)
  • Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar (Executive Council) - (2001-2012)
  • Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar (Chairman) - (2010-2011)
  • Board Member Southern Legal Counsel (2017-Present)
  • Member - 14th Circuit Representative for Board of Governors for the Florida Bar (2018-Present)

Representative Clients

  • All About Women, OB-GYN, Chartered
  • Atkins North America
  • Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc
  • Chevy Chase Bank-Capital One
  • City of Panama City
  • Coastal OB-GYN
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • Gulf Terminal Corporation
  • Jacksonville Aviation Authority
  • Panama City Port Authority
  • Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery Group
  • Mr. Higby has also represented hundreds of victims from auto accidents, medical negligence, product liability, and premises liability in his 33 years of practice.

Past Employment Positions

  • Marks Gray, Associate Attorney, 1988 to 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fellow, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Volunteer Attorney, National Crime Victims Law Institute, Portland, Oregon, 2010 to 2011
  • Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Volunteer
  • Board Member - Southern Legal Counsel, Gainesville, FL. 2017 - Present


  • 100%