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Thompson Coburn remembers Steve Higgins

May 20, 2020

It is with sadness that Thompson Coburn recognizes the passing of our partner Steve Higgins, who died of cancer on May 11 at age 73.

Steve joined Thompson Coburn in 1993, and over the following decades became one of the leaders of our Firm. His list of accomplishments at Thompson Coburn is rivaled only by what he achieved prior to joining us. Steve graduated with honors from Yale University in 1968, and then served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam for two years, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Following his return from the service he became an award-winning investigative reporter for the St. Louis Globe Democrat, where he honed his writing skills and authored many a lead article for the paper. In the mid-1970s he decided to focus exclusively on the law, and graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law. He served on the Law Journal and was later in life honored with the law school’s Alumni Award of Merit. A longtime highly respected figure in the Republican Party, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1990 until he joined our Firm.

At Thompson Coburn Steve built a vibrant practice with a particular focus on the telecommunications industry, which became one of the largest components of our Firm. Befitting his many talents, he became the Chair of our White Collar and Business Litigation Groups and a member of our Management and Executive Committees. Those who regularly looked to Steve for help on challenging assignments were always rewarded with sound advice and counsel from the truest of professionals.

Steve will be remembered for his ready laugh and bright smile. He was a man of many interests, including world travel, photography, carpentry and gardening. He is survived by his wife Carol and daughters Margaret and Beth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Steve's memory to the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Priory or a charity of your choice.