Robert J. Higdon, Jr. (Bobby) is a partner in the firm's Research Triangle Park office. A seasoned trial lawyer and effective advocate, Bobby brings nearly three decades of experience in government and in private practice, to guide clients nationwide who are facing regulatory proceedings, enforcement actions, grand jury investigations, white-collar criminal prosecution, and related civil litigation. He is a member of the firm's Investigations, Enforcement, and White Collar practice group.
Prior to joining the firm, Bobby served as the 47th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Presidentially appointed and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, he served from 2017 until 2021 as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the eastern half of North Carolina. During his tenure as United States Attorney, the office handled numerous high-profile matters involving national security, cybercrime, public corruption, and financial fraud, as well as a heavy docket of violent crime and drug offenses. The office also maintained a complex docket of civil matters with the United States Government as a litigant. Bobby worked closely with enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Medicaid Enforcement Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration (criminal, regulatory and diversion), and a range of other federal, state and local enforcement agencies and task forces. From 2017 through 2019, Bobby served as a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee which counseled the Attorney General of the United States on matters of policy, procedure, and management. Prior to serving as United States Attorney, Bobby served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 24 years which included an 11-year term as the Chief of the Criminal Division and eight years as the Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina, respectively. An accomplished trial attorney, Bobby has tried more than 40 cases before juries as a federal prosecutor. These matters have included public corruption offenses, federal campaign finance violations, drug trafficking, money laundering, white collar offenses, bribery, and human trafficking. Twice he was awarded the Department of Justice's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. He has also received more than 50 commendations from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for his role in investigations and prosecutions of all types.
Early in his career Bobby served as Special Assistant to United States Senator John P. East (NC) and as Assistant to United States Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth H. Dole. More recently he served as chair of United States Senator Thom Tillis’s (NC) Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.
- North Carolina State Bar Association
- National Association of Former United States Attorneys
- Republican National Lawyers Association
- The Federalist Society
- Triangle Leadership Association
- Chair, Board of Elders, The Shepherd’s Church, Cary, North Carolina
- Regular Moot Court/Trial Team Advisor
- "Key DOJ Health-Care Enforcement Trends to Watch," Bloomberg Law, 16 September 2021
- Mentioned, “38 western N.C. Methodist churches sue to leave denomination,” BusinessNC.com, 30 November 2022