Driven by boundless compassion and dogged determination, there is no one that will fight harder for her clients in both negotiations and courtroom advocacy.
Rebekka Higgs has been practicing criminal defense since 1995 when she was first admitted to practice in California. While working as an associate with Chase & Miller in Sherman Oaks, California, Rebekka handled misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases in courtrooms all over California. After leaving the Los Angeles area for San Diego, Rebekka opened her own practice doing exclusively criminal defense. She handled misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony trial cases and felony appeals. During this time Rebekka assisted as a research and writing attorney on death penalty cases.
In 1999, Rebekka joined the San Diego County Public Defender where she remained until 2007. During her time there, Rebekka worked in a number of offices and continued to hone her skills handling a wide variety of cases including simple misdemeanors, juvenile cases, felony assaults, sex crimes, and homicides.
Rebekka then moved to Colorado and began practicing with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender. She began at the office handling felonies including complex violent crimes, sex crimes, and homicides. Very quickly, Rebekka began focusing on death penalty cases.
Ultimately, Rebekka served as trial counsel on the team that represented James Holmes in the Aurora Theater Shooting case. The team won a life verdict after a grueling 8-month trial. She and her co-counsel were named Lawyers of the Year by Colorado Law Weekly. When asked why she does this work, Rebekka explained “There are certain fundamental principles that we all operate on, one of which is that people shouldn’t be judged solely on their worst action, that everyone deserves grace and compassion.”
In 2017, Rebekka went back to private practice opening her own law firm. She continues representing indigent clients as well as taking on private cases. She focuses her current practice on homicides and complex felony cases as well as death penalty defense. Rebekka also serves as a jury consultant for capital trial teams.
During her time at both the San Diego and Colorado Public Defender Offices, Rebekka developed a love of teaching. She has supervised and taught interns and young lawyers as well experienced felony lawyers. Rebekka is a national speaker at criminal defense and capital defense seminars and is a long-standing faculty member at the National Capital Voir Dire Training Program.
Rebekka has dedicated her 22-year career to protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in both federal and state courts. Driven by boundless compassion and dogged determination, there is no one that will fight harder for her clients in both negotiations and courtroom advocacy.
Rebekka is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, and the US District Court – District of Colorado. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego in 1991 with a B.A. in Political Science and received her Juris Doctor from the University of California at Davis School of Law in 1995. She is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.