Mr Oscar Johnson, Jr. > Higgs & Johnson > NASSAU, Bahamas > Lawyer Profile

Higgs & Johnson
P.O. BOX N-3247

Work Department



Global Managing Director


Chair of Litigation; Practice areas include:- Commercial Litigation, including banking and business disputes; Industrial relations and Employment Law; International Finance and Civil Litigation; Maritime and Admiralty Law. Appeared as Counsel in international cases including:- Slim America, Inc.; Premium Sales Corporation; Globe-X Canadiana and Globe-X Management; Americas International Bank (In Liquidation); Debtworks, Inc, and Suisse Security Bank & Trust and as Junior Counsel in Grupo Torras. Acted in various matters including:- a $22 million damages claim relating to the allision of a bulk crude oil tanker with a terminal jetty; and a project related to the $32 million restoration of a production facility.


The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn; Bahamas Bar Association; International Bar Association


John Abbott College, Quebec, Canada (D.E.C.); McGill University, Montreal, Canada (B.A.); School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (LL.B.) (Hons.) London, England. Served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Bahamas Bar Association and the Arbitration Tribunal; Acted as advisor to the Nassau Tourism & Development Board and on the Board of Directors of The Bridge Authority and St Andrew’s School.

Lawyer Rankings

Bahamas > Dispute resolution

Higgs & Johnson’s ‘great, innovative team’ is consistently active in the jurisdiction’s largest cases, acting for a variety of local and international clients at all court levels up to the Supreme Court. The practice is particularly well regarded for its expertise in cross-border litigation, banking and financial services claims, and insolvency and employment disputes; it also fields distinct teams for asset recovery work, trust litigation and tax cases, and is increasingly active in arbitration proceedings. Tara Archer-Glasgow leads the department and attracts effusive praise from clients, who single her out as ‘a smart litigation lawyer, who is punctual, concise and well organised, with a great personality’. Further key names in the practice include team deputy chair Karen Brown, who excels in employment law; senior partner Philip Dunkley KC and firm co-managing partner Oscar Johnson, Jr. KC; ‘great lawyer with great judgementTara Cooper Burnside KC, who was appointed King’s Counsel in 2023; and Leroy Smith, who specialises in trust and estate litigation. Keith Major and Rhyan Elliott are the key names at senior associate level.