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James S. Haliczer is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, residing in the Fort Lauderdale office. For more than 30 years, Jim has built a reputation for litigation excellence, serving as trial counsel in a broad range of cases, including medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and commercial disputes. He also has the unique perspective of having successfully represented his clients on both the defense and plaintiff side, affording him an unparalleled level of credibility amongst his peers.

Jim currently concentrates his practice on representing his clients in complex medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death matters. A frequent lecturer, he has been asked to present throughout the United States on issues such as legal and medical malpractice, general insurance law and risk management/quality assurance programs.

Jim and his wife have been residents of Fort Lauderdale since 1987. They have one son, a writer, who also lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • Florida
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (2010-2022)
    • Lawyer of the Year, Medical Malpractice Law (2015)
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2014, 2016-2021)
  • Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent®
  • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers


  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Broward County Bar Association, Professional and Civility Magistrates Pilot Program Committee
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Civil Procedure Rules Committee
  • Past Chair, The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
  • Past Chair, The Florida Bar, UPL Committee
  • Past Co-chair, Broward County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Past Member, The Florida Bar, Committee on Ethics and Professionalism
  • Past Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Past Member, American Bar Association

Community & Civic Organizations

  • Past President, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Board of Trustees
  • Past Member, Broward County Boys and Girls Clubs, Board of Directors
  • Past Member, Broward County Red Cross, Board of Trustees


  • Stetson University College of Law, JD (1982)
    • Voted, “Best Advocate”
    • Captain, Moot Court Team
    • Associate Editor, Stetson Law Review
  • University of South Florida, MA (1978)
  • University of South Florida, BA (1976)
    • Member, Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Member, Phi Kappa Pi
    • Member, Sigma Tau Delta




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