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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. Many of our attorneys have received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating, the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Click here to arrange a confidential consultation.

COVID-19 MEASURES Our priority is to maintain the safety and comfort of our clients and our community during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. We offer an array of remote meeting formats (telephone conferencing, ZOOM, etc.) so you may speak with our attorneys while continuing to protect your loved ones. If interested, please call us at (954) 523-9922 or email us at to discuss all our confidential remote meeting options. We look forward to continuing to help you in these challenging times.

HALICZER PETTIS & SCHWAMM 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 200 years of 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 know 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. All our senior partners have earned the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating for their high ethical standards and professional skills. Our attorneys are also recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers, and we are ranked as a top firm by Best Lawyers’ Best Law Firms.

Achieving Justice

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HPS25 EPISODE 03: Re-plotting the Coordinates


HPS25 EPISODE 04: 25 Years Fighting for Justice

HPS25 EPISODE 02: We Built It; They Came


Common Types of Medical Malpractice: Medication Errors

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

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Eugene K. Pettis

Co-Founder and Senior Partner

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Richard B. Schwamm

Partner and Shareholder

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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.