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Welcome to Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm

Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm’s attorneys are top litigators who have worked on both the plaintiff and the defense side. As an AV-rated firm, we maintain the highest ethical and professional standards and provide personalized representation tailored to fit our clients’ unique needs. Click here to arrange a confidential consultation.

Our firm’s team of attorneys have vast experience handling complex civil cases, with a focus on medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries and business disputes. Our attorneys concentrate on delivering superior client service and achieving the best results.

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What Makes Us Different


When something goes wrong, you’ll want a law firm that has stood the test of time. Established in 1996 by co-founders James S. Haliczer and Eugene K. Pettis as well as Richard B. Schwamm, who joined the firm’s Orlando office on its first day of operation, we are proud to be entering our third decade, serving the needs of clients in the state and federal courts throughout the State of Florida.

Experienced Legal Representation.

Our attorneys have more than 125+ years collective experience litigating complex civil cases. We know how to build a compelling case that gets the results our clients deserve.

Extensive Medical Knowledge.

The attorneys at our firm have investigated and litigated more than one thousand medical malpractice cases. This collective experience not only gives our clients a competitive edge in the medical malpractice arena, it allows us to fully evaluate injuries and damages in all types of personal injury and catastrophic injury cases.


When you work with our firm, you can take comfort in knowing that we focus 100% of our efforts on our clients. Our attorneys will answer your questions and keep you informed throughout the entire course of your case.

Respected and Trusted by Peers.

Attorneys throughout Florida that when they have a medical malpractice or personal injury case that is beyond their expertise or resources, they can work with us as co-counsel or refer the case to our firm. We are respected by our peers and all of our senior partners have earned Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV rating” for their high ethical standards and professional skills.

Achieving Justice

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Richard B. Schwamm Appointed to Florida’s Children First Board of Directors

Coral Springs/Orlando, FL – Florida’s Children First (FCF), a statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, announced that Orlando attorney Richard B. Schwamm has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. 

“We are honored to have Richard join our Board of Directors with his many years of dealing with children’s cases and his passionate support of the work we do to advocate for Florida’s youth, ” said FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas. 

Florida’s Children First, Inc. was founded in 2001 by child advocates, volunteers and attorneys from across the state who were working on issues affecting Florida’s most vulnerable children. FCF staff, board members, volunteers, and advocates devote their time to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made. 

Schwamm is a shareholder with Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, leading the firm’s Orlando office. He is an experienced trial attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, catastrophic brain injury, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death and complex corporate litigation. Throughout his more than two decades in the legal realm he has dedicated his career to serving clients as a legal rights advocate. 

Schwamm is actively involved in children’s issues across the state and serves on the Executive Board of Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized on the Florida’s Super Lawyers List every year since 2010. 

“The mission of Florida’s Children First aligns with the principles I have practiced throughout my career, which have been to advocate for those who have been unjustly wronged and need our help,” said Schwamm. “I am thrilled to take on this new role and continue the amazing work of this organization and Board.” 

As a recognized thought leader in children’s injury cases, Schwamm has been an invited speaker throughout Florida and the U.S. on numerous medical and legal issues, including the delivery of brain injured children, child safety, catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, hospital law, and significant injury cases involving newborns, toddlers, teenagers and their families. Additionally, he has been an invited guest speaker for nationally recognized organizations and education institutions, including Harvard University, University of Central Florida, Medical Intelligence Corporation, and the Contemporary Forum Speaker Series. 

He is a resident of Windermere, Fla. and is admitted to practice law in Florida as well as the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. 


About Florida’s Children First:

Florida’s Children First is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth, especially those in foster care. Uniquely positioned as Florida’s premiere independent advocacy organization, our mission is to seek full representation of children and youth and obtain meaningful and sustainable improvement in Florida’s child serving systems.

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Our Core Principles

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Aggressive Advocacy.

We are smart, tough trial lawyers who will fight aggressively for your rights through trial, and even through the appellate process. Our opponents know that we are a powerful team that has what it takes to prepare and win a case, no matter how challenging or complex.

Intentionally Smaller Caseload.

At Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, we measure success by the individual outcome, not the numbers. We are laser focused in our approach, purposefully limiting our caseload to ensure that every client receives personalized support and exceptional legal representation at every step.

Compassionate Counsel.

While we pride ourselves on being aggressive advocates, we are “counselors at heart.” Our lawyers take the time to listen and provide one-on-one guidance and support at every step of the legal process.

Committed to Diversity.

Our diversity of gender, race and ethnicity is a strength that we are proud of. We are truly a reflection of the people we counsel and represent.

Proven Results.

Our clients come to us because they are looking for results. Our lawyers have a proven track record of success, recovering more than $50 million for our clients.

Meet Our Senior Partners

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James S. Haliczer

Co-founder and Managing Partner

As a co-founder and managing partner of the firm, Mr. Haliczer concentrates his practice on complex civil cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury/wrongful death and business litigation. He is a top-tier trial lawyer who has consistently been listed in Best Lawyers in America and was selected as the 2015 Miami “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law.

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Eugene K. Pettis


A co-founder of our firm, Mr. Pettis is not only experienced in the courtroom, he is a leader in the legal community. He has served as a past President of the Florida Bar and has earned numerous awards throughout his career, including being listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury and employment litigation, as well as being repeatedly named to Florida Super Lawyers.

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Richard B. Schwamm

Partner and Shareholder

A partner with our firm, managing our Orlando office, Mr. Schwamm handles a wide range of complex civil cases, including medical malpractice, catastrophic brain injury, child injury, and wrongful death. He has been named to Florida Super Lawyers and is frequently called upon to lecture on critical medical and legal issues at seminars throughout Florida and across the U.S.

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Community Engagement

Making a difference means more than just being successful in the courtroom. HPS actively supports local civic and charitable groups as well as professional organizations. Members of the team lead various initiatives that help give back and strengthen surrounding communities.