Attorney ProfilesMARY HIGGINS, ESQUIRE
Throughout her years in practice, Mary has represented plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation, and acted for clients before other boards and licensing commissions in the State of Delaware and New Jersey. Mary gained insight into the defense perspective on litigation through valuable experience defending large corporations in complex multi-party litigation. She has also performed pro bono representations, and was appointed as a guardian ad litem in Delaware Chancery Court to oversee the affairs of a developmentally challenged adult subjected to abuse. Mary also serves as a Fair Hearing Officer to conduct Fair Hearings for the State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
Mary has always followed a passion for public service. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration before going to law school. Based on her record of public service, she was chosen by the University of Delaware College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy to receive a Public Service Fellowship. In addition, she was chosen as a Graduate Woman of Excellence, and became a Legislative Fellow with the Delaware State Senate Majority Caucus. The Legislative Fellows Program is a joint partnership of the Delaware General Assembly and the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration.
In law school, Mary was a member of Phi Delta Phi Harrington Inn Honor Society, and represented Widener University School of Law for the Philadelphia Bar Association Judge Irvin Stander Memorial Prize in Administrative Law. She was awarded a certificate of achievement in Administrative Law. After law school Mary served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable William L. Witham, Jr., in Delaware Superior Court.
Mary currently lives in Delaware with her husband, their dog and three adopted cats. They often serve as an American family homestay to international students learning English at the University of Delaware English Language Institute.
MARY ANNE MCLANE DETWEILER, ESQUIRE - Of Counsel
Mary Anne became a Delaware lawyer in 1995, after graduating, and as valedictorian of her class at Widener Law School. As a Wolcott Fellow, she clerked for Delaware Supreme Court Justice Maurice Hartnett. Upon graduation, she clerked for Delaware Superior Court Judge Richard Cooch. Earlier on, she had clerked for the Public Defender’s Office, primarily for the appellate division, and had worked for the Delaware Secretary of State on special projects, including a review of Board of Pardons applications by persons serving minimum mandatory drug sentences.
As a lawyer, Mary Anne practiced civil litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, primarily in the areas of personal injury and contract law. She has worked pro bono for the Office of the Child Advocate and the Office of Defense Services. After taking time off to raise three children, she returned to the practice of law in 2015, joining The Law Office of Mary Higgins.
Working now exclusively on behalf of Delaware consumers who often have no one to help them battle corporate debt collectors and credit reporting agencies has been particularly rewarding. The FDCPA and FCRA laws provide an avenue for individual consumers to vindicate their rights and take charge of their financial futures. I consider it a privilege to be able to use my skills and training to help individuals to stand on equal footing with the large companies who oppose them.