EUGENE K. PETTIS
VICE PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER, HALICZER PETTIS & SCHWAMM, FORT LAUDERDALE
Pettis’ firm, founded in 1996, is a boutique litigation firm representing individuals and families harmed through medical negligence or catastrophic injuries. The firm also handles general liability, commercial litigation and legal malpractice matters. The firm employs around 30 lawyers and staff. Pettis is the youngest among seven siblings. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale and was captain of Stranahan High’s basketball team. In 2013, he became the first African-American president of the Florida Bar.
|EDUCATION||University of Florida (BA, JD)|
|PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION||Thinking back to where we were as a society in 1985, it was rare for an African-American to be hired by a major law firm. I was fortunate to start my career at Conrad Scherer and James, where I developed a great foundation as a litigator.|
|CIVIC EFFORT||I founded the Community Education Alliance, which places mentors in six schools and brings literacy, culture and mentorship to students.|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I love public speaking and could see myself advancing in a career as a motivational speaker. I like empowering people to become their best.|