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Debra Potter Klauber is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm. As head of the Appellate Practice, Debbie collaborates with HPS trial counsel on strategic issues, conducts extensive research and prepares complex motions throughout the litigation and in preparation for trial. She also handles all interlocutory and final appeals throughout the state. Further, she serves as the firm’s in-house resource on the latest legal developments, providing ongoing updates on significant or noteworthy decisions in the state and federal courts.

Debbie is the author of the monthly column “Case Law Update,” published by the Broward County Bar Association’s Barrister magazine. Her column reports on notable case and trial trends throughout Florida. Visit to access an archive of Debbie’s column content reformatted for the HPS website.

Due to the depth of her expertise, Debbie also provides in-house presentations to clients and in-house counsel on legal issues relating to expert witnesses, litigation strategies and the benefits of trial support.


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  • Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida First District Court of Appeal
  • Florida Second District Court of Appeal
  • Florida Third District Court of Appeal
  • Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal
  • Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • Listed, Legal Elite – Notable Women Leaders in Law, Florida Trend (2023)
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers (2009-2023)
  • Listed, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, Top Lawyers of 2022
    • Appellate Practice
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2009)


Community and Civic Organizations

  • Leadership Broward, Class XX
  • Women Leading Broward, Class V
  • Women Leading Broward Facilitator, Class VI
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, South Florida Advisory Board
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Team Swoop Youth Basketball Academy, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Women of Tomorrow


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, cum laude (1995)
  • University of Florida, BS (1992)