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Kent A. Higgins

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Pocatello, ID

Merrill & Merrill, Chtd.
109 N Arthur, 5th Floor
Pocatello, ID 83204
Phone: 208-534-9239
Fax: 208-232-2499
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Idaho Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Estate Planning & Probate, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese
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Attorney Profile

A personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney, Kent A. Higgins is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. He has received a preeminent peer review rating from his peers. Now twenty years with the law firm of Merrill & Merrill, Kent has served as Commissioner of the Idaho State Bar for three years and President for one. Representing clients in Eastern Idaho, he is admitted to practice in state courts in Utah and Idaho. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, several U.S. Courts of Appeals and the Ute Indian Tribal Court of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation.

Mr. Higgins has over 40 years of experience protecting the rights of the average worker and the injured. In 1979, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, then earned his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School. A talented author, Mr. Higgins has published nine articles in the Advocate and regularly lectures on legal topics. He has designed a probate plan for under-served clientele.

 Besides his Presidency and Commissioner role in the Idaho State Bar, Kent is also past president of the Idaho Sixth District Bar Association, and he is a former legislator for the Idaho State House of Representatives.  He has handled some of Idaho’s largest settlements approved by the Idaho Industrial Commission. 

Mr. Higgins represents the Cities of Inkom,  Bancroft, and  of Rockland. He speaks Japanese. His community service and pro bono activity include Director of the Pocatello Chapter of Rotary International and membership in the Pocatello Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce. 

Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Estate Planning

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Kent A. Higgins

First Admitted: 1982, Utah

Professional Webpage: https://www.merrillandmerrill.com/kent-a-higgins/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Pocatello Rotary Club Vocational-Technical Committee
  • Chairman, Southeast Idaho Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Member, Pocatello / Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce, 2019
  • Rotary International District Membership Chairman, 2019

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Tribal Court of the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
  • Member, Federal Court Bar Associations in Idaho and Utah
  •  President, Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners, 2018
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court
  • Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Idaho State Bar Commissioner
  • President, Sixth District Bar Association, 2014

Representative Clients

  • City of Rockland
  • City of Bancroft
  • City of Inkom

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Idaho State House of Representatives

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science, Brigham Young University, 1979

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • The motion in limine should be used early to resolve questions about jury instructions, Author, The Motion in Limine; Probing the Potential of this Powerful Tool, ADVOCATE, Vol 58, No. 2, February 2015, Law, 2015
  • Author and Editor, J. Reuben Clark Law School Journal of Legal Studies
  • The foundational blocks of our justice system are the rule of law, stare decisis, and Judeo Christian values.  When we tamper with those building blocks we risk an ill-fate to our justice system like the lessons learned from removing foundational blocks of the Jenga Tower, Author, A Fond Farewell and Other Lingering Thoughts; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 6/7, June / July 2018, 2018
  • Anxiety and depression are the number one health threat to our profession, and yet we do little as a profession to provide protections to keep our best and brightest functioning, Author, If You Can't Take the Heat . . . Really?; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 5 May 2018, 2018
  • Are justice, right, and rights anything more than abstract terms with no intrinsic substantive existence?, Author, What is Justice: Substance, Process, or Ideal; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 3/4, March/April 2018, 2018
  • Those of us who went to law school to acquire the rudimentary skills of a lifelong trade may have reason to fear for our future in the face of technologies that produce legal documents. But those of us when sought a doctoral education, who longed to enter the ranks of great intellectual minds will always find a demand for our services., Author, The Spinning Jenny and a Tale of Fear; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 2, February 2018, 2018
  • Discovery tools are often more a hindrance to justice than an aid., Author, What We Have Discovered; ADVOCATE, Vol 61, No. 1, January 2018, 2018
  • Important decisions from the Idaho Supreme Court, Author, Cases Worth Singing About: A Few of My Favorite Things; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 11/12, November / December 2017, 2017
  • Lawyers are the greatest contributors to this nation's origins and success, Author, The Role of Law in Our Country's Everyday Success; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 10, October 2017, 2017
  • The fundamentals of success in law are much the same as lessons from working the soil, Author, What do Farmers Know? Lawyer Lessons From the Field; ADVOCATE, Vol 60, No. 9, September 2017, 2017

Honors/Awards

  • , AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, 2020

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Wrongful Death Settlement $6,500,000.00, 2020
  • Worker's Compensation Settlement in excess of $655,000, 2019
  • Worker's Compensation Settlement in excess of $640,000, 2015
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Office Location for Kent A. Higgins

109 N Arthur
5th Floor
Pocatello, ID 83204

Phone: 208-534-9239

Fax: 208-232-2499

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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