About Our Firm
Higgerty Law is a modern law firm focusing on litigation, particularly for class actions and personal injury claims. We have a strong commitment to justice and care for our clients throughout Canada.
Meet our team:
Patrick Higgerty QC, Higgerty Law Principal Counsel
Mr. Higgerty is a long time active member of the Alberta Bar, as well as a member of the BC Bar (currently inactive). He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and also has a preceding Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.
Mr. Higgerty’s practice focuses on litigation to champion legal compensation claims of individuals who have been harmed, including in the areas of class action, personal injury, insurance law and general litigation. He has appeared at various times in all levels of Alberta Courts on such matters.
Over the years, Mr. Higgerty has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for many of his clients.
Mr. Higgerty has also served for a number of years as a Justice of the Peace with the Provincial Court of Alberta.
Throughout much of his career, Mr. Higgerty has been an active participant in the governance of various community, nonprofit and governmental organizations focused on peoples' safety and well being.
In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in his legal practice and for the public, Mr. Higgerty was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
Jill Taylor, Lead Claimants Counsel
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jill worked in Calgary as a nurse in hospitals and in the community for 14 years.
Jill complete her law degree at the University of Calgary in 1991 and began a career in health law, administrative law, and family law.
In 2009 Jill was appointed a Justice of the Peace where she presided in both traffic court and bail court in the Calgary and Regional Provincial Court of Alberta. She left this role in June 2017 to pursue practice in other areas of interest and spend more time as a volunteer.
Jill has volunteered with the Alberta Health Services Grief Support Program and continues to volunteer with Give Kids the World (in Orlando, Florida). In February 2019 she repelled a 32-story building as a fundraising project for Give Kids the World!
Jill currently holds the position of Chair of the Alberta Review Board. This Board is accountable for individuals in Alberta who have been found “not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder” or “unfit to stand trial”.
The balance of her time is focused on representing claimants in the RCMP (non-member) class action. In this class action, Jill is taking on two important roles: legal counsel and supervisor of our claims process. Jill has developed a multi-disciplinary team to support and guide claimants through the claim process using a trauma-informed process.
Jill’s background in nursing affords her the unique ability to understand issues arising from trauma. She takes a holistic approach in assisting clients who have been harmed by physical, emotional, and/or psychological abuse.
Deborah Prowse, Claimants Counsel
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Deborah worked in the Calgary area as a social worker specializing in crisis intervention and critical incident management, counseling and mediation. Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of Calgary and a Master of Social Work degree from University of British Columbia.
Deb completed her law degree at University College Cardiff, Wales and has worked in the areas of wills and estates, criminal, administrative and family law. She has a strong background in consulting in respectful workplace, human rights and conflict management. She offers conflict coaching, mediation, investigation and training. She has conducted large culture reviews of organizations including being the author of the 2013 Calgary Police Service Culture Review.
Deb sat in the Provincial Court of Alberta, Traffic Division as a Sitting Justice of the Peace for 11 years. She was also appointed to the Alberta Human Rights Commission for 7 years as a panel chair and then worked in the Office of the Chief Commissioner when her term in the courts expired.
Following the death of her mother from a series of adverse events leading up to a drug mix-up, Deb became a committed volunteer in patient safety within the health care system. She has been a founding member of a variety of patient/family councils including with the Calgary Health Region, Patients for Patient Safety -Canada and the Alberta Health Quality Council. She sat for two terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and is currently a member of the Health Standards Organization. Deb has presented to large and small groups locally, provincially, nationally and internationally on patient safety, patient engagement and disclosure after harm.
As a result of the volunteer work, Deb was appointed as the first permanent Alberta Health Advocate in 2014. Her responsibilities included implementing the provincial Health Charter, the first of its kind in Canada in promoting a responsive quality health care system. Her office managed calls from Albertans with concerns about their health care experience. She ensured her staff were trained in mediation skills and the trauma informed process. During her appointment she also acted in the capacity of the Seniors Advocate and the Mental Health Patient Advocate.
Deb has been brought into Higgerty Law to assist Jill Taylor, the Lead Claimants Counsel, in the RCMP (non-member) class action. She will use her social work and legal background in providing guidance and support to the claimants as they are brought into the claims settlement process of this important class action.
Ken Anderson is an Associate at Higgerty Law. His broad civil litigation practice includes experience in real estate, construction and commercial contract disputes. Ken has also worked on personal injury cases, condominium law, intellectual property law, employment law and plaintiff-side class action disputes. Prior to joining Higgerty Law in 2017, Ken worked at a national law firm where he was based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ken graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 2013), where he was the recipient of the Sir Leonard Outerbridge Scholarship, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memorial University Newfoundland, where he won the John and Jane Crosbie Scholarship.
He was called to the Bar in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2014 and to the Alberta Bar in 2017.
Beverley joined the team at Higgerty Law in 2017, and quickly became an instrumental team member at Higgerty Law. She is an accomplished paralegal who works closely with Mr. Patrick B. Higgerty on legal matters related to personal injury. She is a proud alumni of the University of Calgary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, specializing in Criminology and with a minor in Economics.
During her time off, Beverley enjoys reading and participating in extra-curricular activities with her 2-year-old daughter.
Catherine is a legal administrative assistant at Higgerty Law. She moved to Calgary in 2017 and joined our team in 2019. Prior to working at Higgerty Law, Catherine worked extensively in the customer service and education field. Born and raised in the province of Quebec, Catherine is fluent in both French and English and is happy to assist clients in both languages.
Outside of work, Catherine enjoys biking, yoga and salsa dancing.
Cheryll is a paralegal at Higgerty Law with a focus on litigation and victims of crime matters. After moving to Calgary in 2015 and completing her Paralegal assistant diploma at Reeves College, Cheryll has started working with Higgerty Law in 2018. Prior to moving to Calgary, Cheryll acted as a Detention Officer with the West Yorkshire Police in the United Kingdom for nearly 20 years and has a vast amount of knowledge and experience within the criminal court system.
Outside of work, Cheryll is a busy mom with 3 children and enjoys spending her time with her family. She also enjoys renovating houses and restoring pieces of furniture in her spare time.
Born and raised in Calgary, Connie is a paralegal and part of the management team at Higgerty Law. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society, and has also earned levels 1 and 2 CORES accreditation. Connie is happy to assist clients fluently in both English and Cantonese. Prior to working at Higgerty Law, she volunteered and interned at the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association, a non-profit organization that aims to help bridge the barriers to social services created by language barriers.
In her spare time, Connie enjoys completing puzzles, reading true crime and mystery novels, and eating sweets.
Joey is legal assistant at Higgerty Law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art at the University of Calgary with a double major in Law and Society, and Sociology - specializing in Criminology. As a recent graduate and new member of the team at Higgerty Law, Joey is primarily involved in Personal Injury Claims and is excited and looking forward to learning more about the legal profession and advancing her career.
Joey enjoys long walks with her dog, Chichi, and can often be found reading during her time off.
Maria is a Paralegal at Higgerty Law. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the
University of Surrey, and prior to that, she obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of British
Columbia. As a new member of the team, Maria is excited about learning and advancing her career in
In her spare time, Maria enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Seraph is a legal administrative assistant at Higgerty Law. She graduated with Bacherlor of Arts in Finance Management at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, and worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young in Taiwan shortly after. Prior to relocating to Calgary, Seraph taught Mandarin - Chinese to young children in Italy. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin and is happy to assist clients in both languages.
Seraph enjoys practicing yoga in her spare time and enjoys listening to true crime podcasts.
Steffi is a recent graduate from the Chui School of Business at Bow Valley College, and is a legal assistant at Higgerty Law. She is primarily involved in Class Actions and Litigation matters. As a new Legal Assistant, Steffi is eager to learn everything she can about the legal profession, and excited to explore the various areas of law.
In her free time, Steffi likes to go hiking with her dog Kona, and has recently joined the Portuguese Filarmonica – Calgary, as a Clarinetist.