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Pettis Wins Latimer Diversity Award

Eugene PettisEugene Pettis of Ft. Lauderdale was awarded the Henry T. Latimer Inclusion Award at The Florida Bar’s 2018 Annual Convention.

The award was given to Pettis for his dedication toward pushing for advances in diversity and inclusion programs within the legal profession.

The Florida Bar’s diversity and inclusion efforts push to encourage participation and opportunities to all individuals within the legal profession, including those who are racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with disabilities.

“I am a believer that we see the best of humanity when we come together as one people; the human race,” said Pettis, who served as the first African-American president of The Florida Bar from 2013-2014. “There is still work to be done. We must be willing to open the doors of opportunity to all people without fearing the inclusion limits our opportunities. To be recognized for something I am truly passionate about is just an added bonus.”

Pettis left a legacy of leadership initiatives that continue at the Bar, including the Wm . Reece Smith Leadership Academy. Pettis currently serves on the University of Florida Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm Co-Founder Eugene Pettis Named Chairman of Tower Club

Eugene PettisHaliczer, Pettis & Schwamm P.A., a preeminent Florida plaintiffs’ law firm, announced that co-founding partner Eugene Pettis has been named Chairman of the Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale. 

The national award-winning Tower Club offers a progressive take on private club tradition. Ideal for business, networking and socializing, the Club offers elegant interiors, privacy and a sense of style. At the center of Fort Lauderdale’s business and financial district, the Club provides a private haven for professionals from an expansive list of industries. 

Pettis represents corporate, public sector and individual clients in civil trial matters. He has more than 30 years of experience handling a range of complex cases for defendants and plaintiffs in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation, employment and professional liability. 

A former president of The Florida Bar, Pettis was a 2007 inductee to the exclusive invitation only American College of Trial Lawyers and elected by his peers into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has been recognized by BestLawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year for plaintiff medical malpractice 2017 and Lawyer of the Year for personal injury defense 2018. 

Pettis currently serves on the University of Florida Foundation’s board of directors and on the board of trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. 

About Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm 

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, P.A. represents a variety of clients from numerous industries including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, workers compensation, business and commercial litigation, appellate practice and insurance cases. Founded by James Haliczer, Eugene Pettis, and Richard Schwamm in 1996, the firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to help serve clients across the state of Florida. 

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm Co-Founder Eugene Pettis Awarded Henry T. Latimer Diversity Award

Eugene PettisFort Lauderdale – Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm P.A. co-founding partner Eugene Pettis was awarded the Henry T. Latimer Inclusion Award at The Florida Bar’s 2018 Annual Convention. The award was given to Pettis for his dedication toward pushing for advances in diversity and inclusion programs within the legal profession.

The Florida Bar’s diversity and inclusion efforts push to encourage participation and opportunities to all individuals within the legal profession, including those who are racially, ethnically and culturally diverse, women, members of the LGBTQ community and those with disabilities.

“I am a believer that we see the best of humanity when we come together as one people; the human race,” said Pettis, who served as the first African-American president of The Florida Bar from 2013-2014. “There is still work to be done. We must be willing to open the doors of opportunity to all people without fearing the inclusion limits our opportunities. To be recognized for something I am truly passionate about is just an added bonus.”

Pettis left a legacy of leadership initiatives which continue at The Florida Bar, including Vision 2016, looking at the future practice of law, as well as the William Reece Smith Leadership Academy. In 2007, he was inducted to the exclusive invitation only American College of Trial Lawyers and elected by his peers into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Americas Lawyer of the Year for plaintiff medical malpractice 2017 and Lawyer of the Year for personal injury defense 2018.

Pettis currently serves on the University of Florida Foundation’s Board of Directors and on the Board of Trustees at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

About Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, P.A. represents a variety of clients from numerous industries including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, workers compensation, business and commercial litigation, appellate practice and insurance cases. Founded by James Haliczer, Eugene Pettis, and Richard Schwamm in 1996, the firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to help serve clients across the state of Florida. 

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm Co-Founder Jim Haliczer appointed Co-Chairperson of Trial Lawyers Section

Jim HaliczerFORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm’s co-founding partner Jim Haliczer was appointed co-chairperson of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association by incoming President Edwina Kessler.

The Trial Lawyers Section is meant to assist the courts in improving the administration of justice, to promote the art of advocacy and to preserve and protect the jury system.

Haliczer’s appointment will begin July 1, 2018 and go through June 30, 2019. During this time, he will work closely with the BCBA staff to further knowledge and professionalism in the practice of law.

Haliczer focuses his practice in medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, commercial and construction litigation.

Haliczer has served as a member of the Broward, Florida, American and Federal Bar Associations participating in areas such as professional ethics, attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law. He also served as chair for both the local Florida Bar Grievance and Unlicensed Practice of Law Committees. 

He received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of South Florida and his law degree from the Stetson University College of Law. 

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About Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm 

Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, P.A. represents a variety of clients from numerous industries including medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, professional liability, workers compensation, business and commercial litigation, appellate practice and insurance cases. Founded by James Haliczer, Eugene Pettis, and Richard Schwamm in 1996, the firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to help serve clients across the state of Florida.