Professional Details

Thomas P. Higgins
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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5408 N. Rothmere Drive
Peoria, IL 61615
USA
309-251-7803

Description of Practice

Where others in this field are just beginning to provide services remotely, most reluctantly, I am a pioneer in delivering efficient and effective dispute resolution services remotely. In addition, post-COVID-19, I have added remote Hearing Officer experiences to my over 20 years of service as a Municipal Hearing Officer. At this point in time, we are all able to operate remotely and I am poised to assist you in resolving or moving your disputes and issues forward, conveniently, efficiently and effectively.

Professional Background

With a law practice background that began in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office in Chicago and moved to a trial and litigation practice with a Peoria, Illinois law firm, I represented clients in court rooms, State or Federal, from Chicago to Cairo, Oquawka to Danville, Illinois. In 1995, when it was still a relatively "new" thing to do, I completed training as Mediator and Arbitrator. Since that time, I have been retained to help resolve various types of disputes related to property ownership, property use, and liability related to property use or ownership. In addition, I have helped resolve disputes in other areas of the law, including a number of years mediating Federal EEOC cases. Around the same time that I began my dispute resolution practice, I accepted an appointment to serve as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the City of Peoria, Illinois. I served the City of Peoria for over 20 years, presiding over various municipal cases, including cases related to property use, property codes and compliance with building codes, ordinances and statutes related to real property. I continue to serve as Administrative Hearing Officer in Creve Couer, East Peoria, Marquette Heights and Pekin, Illinois.

Experience

First trained in 1995, I served as the regional Mediator for EEOC cases involving the American with Disabilities Act in the years that followed and I accepted mediations and arbitrations through Resolut Systems. Around the same time I started to accept appointments to serve as Administrative Hearing Officer, presiding over various types of municipal cases covering anything found in the municipal code for several Central Illinois communities.

Degrees

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign-Master of Online Teaching Certificate 2000 The John Marshall Law School-Juris Doctor 1990 Bradley University-BS, Administration of Criminal Justice 1987 Illinois Central College-AAS, Police Science 1985

Approach

I was introduced to this quote by the late Harlington Wood, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit. It was the catalyst for my focus on finding settlements as a lawyer and it has been the focus of my intent and practice since becoming a neutral. “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good [person]."- Abraham Lincoln - Lawyer

Fees

My fees are very reasonable. Ask me.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Agriculture & Ranching
  • Animal
  • Art
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Natural Resources
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Special Education
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator

References available upon request.