HPS Continues Serving the Community and Legal Profession

HPS Partner Debbie Klauber with her son, Max, and her husband, Adam, at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 2011 Great Strides 5K.

Everyone at Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm is committed to supporting our peers and the practice of law, because we in turn believe this strengthens the community at large.

  • Debbie Klauber, a partner with HPS and an advisory board member of the South Florida Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, recently chaired the Foundation’s Great Strides 5K on Fort Lauderdale beach. The walk, attended by many HPS attorneys and staff members, raised more than $80,000 for research. In 2010, the Great Strides walks around the country raised more than $35 million. Ms. Klauber’s son, Max, who is 7 years old, was diagnosed with the disease in 2003. With the support of family, friends and co-workers, the Klaubers have worked tirelessly to raise funds to help in the quest to find a cure for this genetic disease. The Klauber’s next event, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 2011 Dolphin Fishing Tournament, takes place June 18 at Shooters Waterfront Cafe in Fort Lauderdale. The fishing tournament begins at 7 a.m., followed by a weigh-in at 4 p.m. that includes an awards ceremony, family pool party, silent auction and raffle. For more information, contact Ms. Klauber at dklauber@hpslegal.com or visit www.FishforCF.com.
  • Richard B. Schwamm, partner of the firm’s Orlando office, was named to the board of the Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida. It is the lead organization of Safe Kids Orange County Florida, the local coalition for Safe Kids USA, which is the nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury. The innovative safety educational program is designed to significantly reduce preventable accidents, injuries and fatalities among young children. As part of this program, a miniature city called the Children’s Safety Village, which includes buildings, paved streets and even working traffic lights, is used to help kids practice safety through hands-on exercises, role-playing and other participatory techniques.
  • Mr. Schwamm also supported the Heart of Florida United Way with raffle items that helped the Orange County Sheriff’s Office surpass its fundraising goal and raise more than $27,000 for the 2010 Heart of Florida United Way campaign.
  • Neal C. Falk, a partner of the firm who manages our Sports Law Litigation / Workers’ Compensation Department, serves as the current Chair-Elect for the Sports Law Litigation / Workers’ Compensation Section of the Broward County Bar. He is also current Executive Council Member for the Sports Law Litigation / Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar, and a member of the Rules Committee for the Sports Law Litigation / Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar. Mr. Falk also serves on The Forum Board Certification Panel for Sports Law Litigation / Workers’ Compensation and has volunteered his time to teach law students at Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center. He devotes time to charitable organizations, including serving as a current Partner in Education with the Broward County public school system. He is a member of the Friends of 440 Scholarship Fund, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Broward County.
  • The firm’s Fort Lauderdale and Orlando offices sponsored several events that support the practice of law, including providing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars and networking events for attorneys in conjunction with the Broward County and Orange County bar associations. The firm welcomes suggestions for future CLE seminars and events it can support.