Practice Areas

Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm P.A. provides aggressive representation to help individual, corporate and governmental clients achieve their goals. The firm’s senior partners have more than 90 combined years of experience in State and Federal courts in the following areas:

  • Medical Malpractice  Medical negligence or “malpractice” occurs when a physician or healthcare provider either fails to do something that should have been done or does something that should not have been done, which results in injury or death.  Our lawyers have investigated and litigated claims of medical malpractice involving hospitals, physicians, surgery centers, radiology imaging centers, laboratories, outpatient facilities, nursing homes, and nearly every other type of health care provider in the state of Florida.
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death  Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm represents families and individuals who have been affected by personal injury and/or wrongful death due to unexpected accident or tragedy.
  • Catastrophic Injuries  Catastrophic injury cases usually involve permanent and devastating injuries,  including severe head trauma, brain injury, flesh-eating bacteria, amputation, severe burns, spinal cord damage, paralysis and similar injuries. These injuries often times lead to permanent disability, an inability to return to work, and significant medical expenses, which may include future medical care or attendant care, in a rehabilitation facility, nursing home or modified home environment.
  • Premises Liability  Premises liability is a vague term that serves as a “catchall” for many types of events, including those involving unsafe conditions, slip-and-fall, trip-and-fall, negligent maintenance, falling items, transient substances, improper traffic patterns, and a wide range of other issues.  In many cases, involving negligent security, the cases are fact-specific and depend on generally accepted security practices in conjunction with crime statistics, event history, and specific risk considerations.  We have litigated hundreds of premises liability cases for public and private clients and individuals throughout the State of Florida. Representative Clients: Starbucks Coffee Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ocean Properties, Ltd., School Board of Broward County, Aventura Medical Center, University Hospital & Medical Center, Cedars Medical Center, Kendall Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center.
  • Business Litigation  Our corporate clients are often embroiled in disputes over the formation and enforcement of varying types of contractual agreements. These cases are often document intensive and very case-specific.  This is another area where our team approach works to our advantage and helps us offer our clients effective representation, whether we are negotiating a new contract, resolving a dispute, or litigating over the terms of the agreement or the intent of the parties. Representative Clients: Starbucks Coffee Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Tracey Construction Company, Inc., America Online, Inc., Munters, Inc., Tyco International, SimplexGrinnel.
  • Employment Law  Employment litigation and practice can encompass a wide variety of claims.  Our attorneys have successfully defended employment discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation claims throughout the State of Florida. We also have extensive experience in litigating employment practice claims.  We have represented clients in the negotiation and interpretation of employment contracts, including non-compete agreements.  We have assisted our public sector employers in matters involving union activities and administrative proceedings arising out of disciplinary actions, including termination and dismissal from employment. We often counsel and represent clients in matters involving wage/hour and other disputes over retirement and other benefits. Representative Clients: School Board of Broward County, Florida; City of Fort Lauderdale; South Florida Water Management District; City Furniture; Broward Sheriff’s Office.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawsuits involving serious car and other motor vehicle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney.  We have years of practice and an impressive track record in cases involving significant injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents (commercial and personal).  We work with physicians and other health care experts to review all of the medical aspects of the case.  Our detailed understanding of Florida’s automotive, insurance and liability laws means that we understand the different sources of recovery, the priority of benefits, and the theories of liability that can arise in varying circumstances. Representative Clients: School Board of Broward County; Palm Beach County School Board; Broward Sheriff’s Office.
  • Workers’ Compensation  Employers and insurers must rely on attorneys who are thoroughly familiar with this extremely complex and ever-changing area of the law.  Representation is provided statewide before the Judges of Compensation Claims.  We have a broad range of experience representing all types of client, employers from retail businesses to governmental agencies to health care organizations.
  • Health Care Law The firm’s attorneys represent a broad spectrum of health care providers and affiliated entities, including individual physicians, hospital systems, free-standing hospitals, surgical facilities, consulting companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and other health care professionals in a variety of health-related issues, including State investigation.
  • Professional Liability and Legal Malpractice  Professional liability lawsuits involve claims of financial damages allegedly resulting from negligence on the part of licensed professionals such as attorneys, engineers, architects and financial accountants.  In order to be licensed, professionals must maintain high standards of ethics, skill, and training.  Professional liability lawsuits are increasingly common in today’s society.  Such lawsuits can produce serious repercussions and damages to individuals and businesses.  The exposure of severe financial consequences and damages to reputations make professional liability cases extremely significant.
  • Litigation and Appeals  Our firm represents and advises clients who are or might become involved in a lawsuit or appeal as a result of a dispute.  Our legal advice includes litigation prevention or avoidance and settlement.  We represent clients in both state and federal courts, and our attorneys are members of, and have practiced in all of the Florida appellate courts, and, the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.