Celeste Higgins was an Assistant Federal Defender in the Southern District of Florida for 28 years. While there, she was a Supervisor for 10 years, and tried over 100 federal trials to jury in various areas of law. Higgins handles Federal and State criminal court matters in various areas including: narcotics, firearms, immigration, crimes on the high seas, terrorism, and civil rights violations. In the last 15 years, her practice shifted to fraud cases including: tax, bank, securities, and identity fraud. In addition, she has a limited civil defense practice. Higgins was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in the Spring of 2018, currently a member of the State Committee in Florida, the National Mock Trial Committee, and the Public Defender Committee. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member and past Director of the Litigation Skills Program at the University of Miami, School of Law. In addition, she has worked extensively as an international trial consultant in Rule of Law Initiative programs with the American Bar Association, NITA, and independent groups in Central and South America.
She's also a singer in a Blues band, runs often, and skis poorly but does it any because she likes it!