Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Higginbotham

OverviewLaurie Higginbotham


A lifelong Texan, Laurie grew up in Plano, Texas. She has lived in the Austin area for over 27 years and in Lakeway for over 10 years. She and her husband Jamal Alsaffar have three wonderful kids attending high school and elementary school in Lake Travis ISD.


She may be reached by email.



Education and Experience


Since moving to Austin in 1992, Laurie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. and a J.D. She graduated as one of the top 10 Advocates (Order of the Barristers) from the University of Texas School of Law in 1999. She has exclusively represented victims of catastrophic injury: primarily disabled children, active duty military families and veterans across the United States. She is proud to be a member of one of the oldest plaintiffs' law firms in Austin, Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham & Jacob, PLLC. She has been listed as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters every year from 2013 to the present, and was listed as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters, a recognition for the top 2.5 percent of young lawyers, every year from 2004-2013. She has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, Peer Rated for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence and ethical standing.


Volunteer Activities


Laurie’s volunteer activities for the City of Lakeway include:


• Council Member (November 2018 - May 2020)

• Mayor Pro Tem (2019- )

• Arts Committee Liaison (2018- )

• CAPCOG Clean Air Coalition Liaison (2018 - )

• Code Compliance Review Committee (2018- )

• City of Lakeway Board of Adjustment (2018)

• Committee to Hire the City of Lakeway City Attorney (2018)

• City of Lakeway Board of Ethics (2012-2018, Chair 2012-2018)


Laurie’s other volunteer activities include:


• Board Member, Young Men’s Service League, Cavalier Chapter, LTHS (VP-Elect, Philanthropy, 2019-2020)

• Manager of the “Buc Lounge” at Hudson Bend Middle School (2018 - )

• Volunteer of the Year, Hudson Bend Middle School 2018-2019

• LTISD volunteer with PTO, Teacher Appreciation Chair (2009-2011); Room Parent (2011-2019)

• Destination Imagination Team Coach (2014- )

• Lake Travis LGBTQ Alliance, Member (2019 - )

•. Magistrate Merit Selection Panel Member, United States District Court, Western District of Texas (2018-2019)

• Attorney Admissions Committee, United States District Court, Western District of Texas (2004-2017)

• Volunteer Legal Services at the Emmaus Legal Aid Clinic in Lakeway

• Lloyd Lochridge Inns of Court (Member 2009- 2019, Team Leader 2009-2018)

• Travis County Women Lawyers Association (President, 2007-2008)

• Travis County Women Lawyers Foundation (Chair, 2008-2009)

• Austin Young Lawyers Association, Recipient of The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2007

• Partnerships for Children Volunteer, Holiday Wishes (2017 - )

• Member: Texas Bar Foundation, Austin Bar Foundation, Travis County Women Lawyer’s Foundation, Dell Children’s Trust