James P. Higgins '70, P'15

cas_bd_higginsJames P. Higgins ’70 P’15, a native of Pawcatuck, Conn., received his BA in English Literature from Fairfield University.

In the late 70’s, Jim took his career from being a rock band roadie to freelance writing and eventually to a career in technical writing for a short list of Los Angeles banking corporations.

In 1979, he was head-hunted to a small financial management firm in Beverly Hills. While there he wrote feature articles for Premiere Magazine including "Incorporating The Individual" and "Premiere’s Guide To Independent Film Financing."  In 1981 he started his own financial management firm in Burbank, and grew it successfully for over fifteen years. During that time he served on and occasionally chaired a variety of Boards, including public companies, private companies, a private school, charitable organizations, and municipal government Commissions. 

He began writing full-time in 1996. His archived material includes numerous short stories, songs and poems, a comedic novel about the origins of World War I, an illustrated book-length poem, and an incomplete novel about a modern Mashantucket teenager coming of age during the tribe’s swift ascendancy (1975-1990) from pig farmers to billionaires.  Since 2006, he’s been researching and writing a biography of Isabelle Palms Buckley (1900-1986), founder in 1933 of The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.

Higgins writes in a happy, noisy house on the north bank of the Los Angeles River, where he lives with his wife, Jill, and a periodic rotation of their eight adult children. His son Spencer is at Fairfield in the class of 2015.