Eugene K. Pettis is the co-founder and senior partner of the boutique litigation law firm of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm working out of his hometown Fort Lauderdale, Florida office. For more than 30 years, he has represented an impressive list of corporate, public sector and individual clients in civil trial matters. He handles a range of complex cases, with a primary focus on medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial litigation.
Pettis was also the first African American president of The Florida Bar. In his role at the helm of The Florida Bar, which governs nearly 100,000 attorneys, he provided visionary leadership and brought a passion for giving back to his profession and his community. Pettis spearheaded an assortment of initiatives while president including development of the William Reece Smith Leadership Academy, a multi-session training program designed to help a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers become better leaders.
Pettis is a sought-after speaker and host of the Can We Talk? 360° podcast, created to provide a safe space where people can openly, honestly, and candidly discuss different perspectives on an array of topics that impact humanity.
He has been listed among Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year for personal injury defense, plaintiff medical malpractice, and employment law. He has been a Florida Super Lawyer since 2006 and served as president of the Florida Bar, among many other honors and awards.
Pettis earned his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
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