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Clifford C. Higby - Panama City, FL

2714 West 15th Street Panama City, FL 32401

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Updated: 07/17/2024

Panama City Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts Lawyer


Cliff Higby was previously the managing partner with the law firm of Bryant, Higby, and Barr in Panama City, Florida where he practiced from 1991- August of 2022, when Mr. Higby and Kevin Barr joined Walborsky, Bradley, Fleming.

Cliff graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and the University of Florida Law Schol (JD 1988). He spent his first 3 years of 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 36th year of practice, and his focus is exclusively Civil Trial practice in Trial and Appellate courts, primarily on behalf of plaintiffs. His primary areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, insurance litigation, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, municipal liability, and products 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. Mr. Higby has tried numerous Civil Jury Trials in State and Federal Court as lead or co-counsel, and has participated as lead or co-counsel in over 60 Appeals in the Appellate courts for the State of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Mr. Higby was AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 2003 and has handled cases throughout Florida, as well as Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Cliff is the past President (2003-2004) of the St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court. He was a Member of the Executive Committee for the Trial Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar from 2001-2013, and served as Chair of the organization for the statewide section from 2010-2011.

Cliff served on the Board of Governors for the Florida Bar from 2019-2024, and was a member of numerous committees for The Florida Bar which governs and regulates Florida's 100,000 plus practicing lawyers.

Cliff is married and he and his wife , Susan, have two daughters. Lynne is a double Gator having gone to undergraduate and Law School at the University of Florida. She lives and works in California as a Director of Business Affairs in the entertainment industry. Mary attended the University of Georga as an undergraduate, then graduate nursing school at Vanderbilt University where she became a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner. Since graduation, she lives and works in the Atlanta-Gainesville , Georgia area. When time permits, Cliff enjoys golf, college athletics, travel, and the mountains of North Carolina with his family.

Continuing Legal Education

Has complied with Florida Law requiring 90 hours every 2 years. Mr. Higby was an instructor and faculty member for the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Seminar (2010-2016) held each spring at the University of Florida Law School.

About Clifford C. Higby

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Professional Negligence
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Municipal Liability and Civil Rights


  • 100%

Representative Clients

  • For nearly 36 years, Mr. Higby has represented hundreds of individual clients in state and federal courts from both the defense and plaintiff perspective. After joining Walborsky, Bradley, Fleming in 2022, he limits his practice to serious personal injury and wrongful death, including medical malpractice, professional negligence, motor vehicle lability, product liability, premises liability, municipal liability, and civil rights.


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

Other Affiliations

  • Bay County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Juste 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 (199-2003)
  • Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Volunteer
  • Faculty Member, Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program (2010-2016)
  • Fellow- Florida Bar Foundation
  • St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court (President and Program Director (2001-2004)
  • Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council (2001-2013)
  • Chairman, Florida Bar Trial Lawyer's Section (2010-2011)
  • Board Member, Southern Legal Counsel (2017-2024)
  • Member, Board of Governors Florida Bar (2019-2024)

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. Johns 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
  • Northwest Florida Public Library Foundation Board (2011-2016)

Past Positions

  • Associate, Marks Gray, Jacksonville, FL (1989-1991)
  • Partner, Bryant Higby Chartered, (1991-2022)
  • Partner, Walborsky, Bradley, Fleming (2022-present)


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1988
  • Vanderbilt University, 1985
    Major: Psychology


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Office Information


2714 West 15th Street Panama City, FL 32401


  • 850 784-9361


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  • 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyers list

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