Patrick Higgins

Professional Biography

Patrick Higgins joined the Legal Aid Society of Columbus in September 2018 as a Staff Attorney with the Housing and Public Benefits Teams, where he helps tenants with housing cases and employees with wage theft and unemployment compensation cases.

He received his B.A. from New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program, where his concentration was Politics, Rights, and Development. Patrick also minored in Spanish Language. After graduation, he received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow in Human Rights, a position within the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. Following law school, Patrick was an Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Justice for All Fellow at the Ohio Poverty Law Center.

Patrick enjoys working at Legal Aid because he believes that people’s success in the legal system should be determined based on the merits of their case and not their income. He also believes that the law is one of the many tools that must be leveraged in a fight for social, economic, and racial justice.

Bar Admissions and Activities

  • Bar Admission—Ohio (2016)
  • Bar Admission—United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio (2018)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association
  • Member, National Lawyers Guild

Professional Recognition

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Public Service Award (2016)
  • Equal Justice Works Public Interest Award (2016)


  • New York University (B.A., 2013)
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D. 2016)


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