Eugene K. Pettis
Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, focuses his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation and employment law. Mr. Pettis, who is currently the president-elect of The Florida Bar, has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s top “AV” rating for his high professional and ethical standards. Mr. Pettis attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1982 and graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 1985. He co-founded Haliczer Pettis in 1996 with James S. Haliczer, adding Richard B. Schwamm as partner in 1999.
Mr. Pettis, who will be sworn in as president of The Florida Bar in June 2013, is the first African-American in the Bar’s history to serve in this position. He will lead the country’s second-largest bar at a time when its membership will exceed 95,000 lawyers.
This position is a natural step for Mr. Pettis, who was elected by his peers in 2005 to The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors and currently serves on its Executive Committee and has chaired the Judicial Independence committee for the past three years. Just six years after graduating law school, he was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles as the first African-American on the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board (1991-99), where he eventually served as vice-chairman. Mr. Pettis supports higher education, serving on the University of Florida Foundation’s board of directors for eight years and currently on the board of trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
Throughout his career, he has earned numerous legal awards and accolades, including being selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of medical malpractice law and personal injury litigation. He also has been named to the list of Florida Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2010 as selected by Law & Politics magazine, the South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers” list in South Florida for 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Florida Trend’s peer-voted “Legal Elite” 2008, 2009 and 2010 lists. He was a 2007 inductee to the exclusive American College of Trial Lawyers and elected by his peers into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In 2009, he was named a finalist in the “Law: Litigation” category of the South Florida Business Journal’s “Key Partners” awards. That year, he also was recognized among “South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Blacks in Healthcare & Law” by ICABA (Identify Connect Activate the Black Accomplished).
Mr. Pettis is admitted to The Florida Bar (1985). He is admitted to practice in all District Courts in Florida, including Southern District, Middle District and Northern District.