Clifford Higby

Managing Partner

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 31st year of practice, and his focus is exclusively Civil Trial practice in trial and appellate courts for both plaintiffs and defendants. 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 Barr, 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.

Cliff is married and he and his wife, Susan have two daughters who attend the University of Florida  Law School and the University of Georgia. When time permits, Cliff enjoys golf, college football, travel and the mountains of North Carolina with his family.

Past Positions

  • Marks Gray, Associate Attorney, 1988 to 1991


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

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

Fraternity or Sorority

  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

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
  • Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
  • Gulf Terminal Corporation
  • Hamilton County Bank
  • Jacksonville Aviation Authority
  • Panama City Port Authority
  • Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery Group
  • United Fire & Casualty Group

Professional Associations

  • Bay County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Bar Board of Governors Young Lawyers Division, 1995-1999
  • 14th Circuit Fee Arbitration Committee, Chair, 1999-2003
  • Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program, Faculty Member, 2010-2014
  • 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- Present
  • Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Chairman, 2010-2011

Current Employment Positions

  • Managing Partner


Panama City, FL





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

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