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Forty Years in the Business of Law: Best Practices When Managing Your Firm, Your People and Your Clients


The Broward County Bar Association and Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm Present

Forty Years in the Business of Law: Best Practices When Managing Your Firm, Your People and Your Clients

Thursday, August 12, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Via Zoom

Speaker: James S. Haliczer, Esq.

Moderator: Valerie Barnhart, Perera Barnhart Aleman


The webinar will cover:

  1. Your Firm 
    • Outsourcing Services
    • Levels of Decision Making
    • Strategic Planning
  2. Your People
    • Compensation considerations
    • What does it take to advance to the partner level?
    • Maintaining morale
  3. The client experience
    • Finding the right ones
    • Keeping the right ones – client service
    • Rejecting the wrong ones
  4. Looking to the future
    • In a post-COVID world
    • Succession planning
    • Economic trends
1 General CLE Credit (PENDING)

Zoom Link will be emailed*

Cost: $15 BCBA Member; $25 Non-Member; No Charge BCBA Judiciary**

 **Judiciary ticket is valued under $100

Please pay by Credit Card.  AMEX, Visa, or MasterCard is accepted. 




Press Release: HPS Attorneys Schwamm & Widowfield Selected to 2021 Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

July 21, 2021


Contact: Carrie T. Ryder
Director of Marketing


Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm (HPS), a leading Florida catastrophic injury law firm, is proud to announce that Richard B. Schwamm and Trisha Widowfield were named to Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite for 2021. Mr. Schwamm was ranked in the “Civil Trial” practice area and Ms. Widowfield in the “Civil Litigation” practice area. Florida Legal Elite presents the state’s top licensed and practicing attorneys selected by their peers. Less than 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in Florida appear among this exclusive list.

About HPS

Established in 1996, Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm has spent the past 25 years dedicated to seeking justice for their clients. The firm and its attorneys currently focus on representing clients in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury and workers’ compensation matters, with offices located in both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. Over the years, the attorneys at HPS have built a reputation for strong client advocacy and integrity. Outside attorneys are encouraged to contact us for co-counsel opportunities. Visit to learn more about our firm.


Florida Super Lawyers Magazine Publishes Feature Story on Richard Schwamm

Congratulations to HPS Senior Partner Richard Schwamm on his inspirational profile, “How Richard Schwamm Found His Voice,” which was published in this year’s issue of Florida Super Lawyers Magazine. Click here to read all about how Richard overcame a serious childhood speech impediment to become one of the most well-regarded trial lawyers in Florida! 



By Debra P. Klauber

July 6, 2021

As the judicial system begins to emerge from the pandemic, one of the most pressing issues for the court system will be the ability to empanel juries. Some recent figures suggest that a mere fraction of those called for jury duty will actually appear. In July 2020, a study found that 46% of jurors said they would actively attempt to avoid jury duty all together.

Confronting COVID-19 Jury Biases in Medical Negligence Cases

There is also an added challenge for attorneys in medical negligence cases who need to determine if jurors have significant biases due to their experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Given the extensive media coverage and the current acrimonious political environment, potential jurors may believe that all health care providers could be viewed as “superheroes in the fight against COVID-19”, while others jurors may believe that health care providers cannot be trusted. As a result of personal pandemic experiences, other studies show attorneys are likely to face other jury biases relating to mental health, economic burdens, distrust in scientific data, perceptions of morality and questions of authority.

What Can be Done to Address These Jury Biases?

One way the courts can confront these issues in medical negligence cases is to allow detailed questioning revolving around a potential juror’s attitudes, preconceived notions and prejudices about the health care environment in light of the recent pandemic.

The challenge for the attorneys, of course, is to question the jury to find express, and often implicit, bias, without impacting the entire jury panel.

One analogous line of questioning that has been permitted by courts across the country involves tort reform and related media coverage on excessive verdict and challenges in recruiting qualified health care providers because of increasing insurance coverage. The courts have consistently held that allowing attorneys some leeway in voir dire can help avoid the biases that can taint a verdict and result in a re-trial.

Key Takeaway

In representing plaintiffs and their families, we recognize that the jury selection process is critical to a fair trial because it is important for the jurors to be open to the testimony of our witnesses and willing to believe in each client’s right to recover for the injuries that have occurred or the damage that has been done. While our focus in voir dire is different depending on the unique facts of each case, there are some standard questions that need to be asked and, in light of COVID-19, this new line of inquiry should be front and center.

Work with your appellate lawyer to make sure that you are prepared with clear and concise questions revolving around (1) jurors’ concerns about being in a live courtroom setting; (2) jurors or family members COVID-19 health history (diagnoses, vaccinations, long-term health issues); (3) jurors or family members in the health care profession; (4) loss of income or other financial impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and (5) any mental health or moral concerns arising out of or increasing as a result of the pandemic.

If you are about to take part in a jury selection process for an upcoming medical negligence case and would like to discuss your options, please contact Debra P. Klauber (954.523.9922) or any member of our Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm legal team:


Our priority is to maintain the safety and comfort of our clients during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. We offer an array of telephone and virtual meeting formats (ex. ZOOM) so you may speak with our attorneys while protecting you and 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.