SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATION/GENERAL COUNSEL
John P. Higgins joined the Rays organization as its first employee on April 1, 1995, when he was named the team’s senior vice president and general counsel. From 1999 through 2007, he also served as the organization’s chief financial officer and in January 2016 he recommenced oversight of the team’s accounting and finance department. Higgins has practiced law in the Tampa Bay area since 1979, specializing in corporate, commercial and real estate law. He is also a certified public accountant. For three years, he represented Vince Naimoli and the rest of the Tampa Bay ownership group in its efforts to acquire a Major League Baseball franchise. In addition to his responsibilities with the Rays, he is “of counsel” to the Holland & Knight law firm. Higgins currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Rays Baseball Foundation. He is also past chairman of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce as well as PARC. He was the recipient of the 2013 Clutch Hitters Award from the Clutch Hitters of Tampa Bay organization. Higgins received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975 and his juris doctorate degree from Duke University School of Law in 1979. He resides in St. Petersburg, his home since 1960, with his wife, Robin. They have two sons, Sean Patrick and Patrick Ryan, and two grandchildren, Ryan Matthew and Jordan Riley.