Zack Higgins

Senior Vice President

Mr. Higgins is a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Tech+IP Advisory practice. A Harvard Law graduate, former Kirkland partner, and legal executive, Mr. Higgins has 20 years of experience in patent litigation and monetization on both sides of the table. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Mr. Higgins has delivered over $1 billion in patent sales, licensing revenue, and risk reduction by building and managing all aspects of patent brokerage, licensing, and litigation campaigns. He also managed patent portfolios and strategic prosecution to identify the best patents and enhance ROI.

He has led licensing negotiations, including as the principal negotiator in the room; selected and managed litigation, prosecution, and post-grant counsel, including for trial and appeal; and created claim construction, infringement, and validity arguments that won in the ITC, district court, and Federal Circuit.

By writing code to help evaluate patents, Mr. Higgins personally analyzed more than 18,000 U.S. patents in one of the world’s largest patent portfolios. He led the technical analysis for patent litigation, licensing, and brokerage and develops deep technical proof, including by obtaining and analyzing decompiled mobile app source code, communications revealed by developer tools, and captured packets.  

Mr. Higgins graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and cum laude from Yale University, earning a B.A. in History and International Studies with distinction in both majors. He is an Eagle Scout and is fluent in Japanese.


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