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The President of The Florida Bar

Eugene K. Pettis
President
2013-2014
Eugene K. Pettis


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Introduction to the President
Biography
Videos
The President's Schedule
President's Pages
Priorities of the President
The President's Contact Information
Officers of The Florida Bar

Introduction to the President

Eugene K. Pettis , President of The Florida Bar, 2013-2014

Eugene K. Pettis, a co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, has an extensive civil trial practice. He litigates matters in areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation, professional liability and employment law. Mr. Pettis attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he received both his Bachelor and Law degrees.

Mr. Pettis was sworn in as President of The Florida Bar in June 2013, becoming the first African-American in the Bar’s history to serve in this position. He will lead one of the country’s largest bar's with a membership of more than 95,000 lawyers.

Mr. Pettis has earned Martindale-Hubbells top AV rating for his high professional and ethical standards. Throughout his career, he has earned numerous legal awards and accolades, including ongoing selection by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in areas of medical malpractice and personal injury litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, the South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers list and Florida Trends Legal Elite. In 2013, Mr. Pettis was recognized by the Best Lawyers in America as the Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law.

He was a 2007 inductee to the exclusive invitation only American College of Trial Lawyers and elected by his peers into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). In January 2013, he was recognized by his ABOTA Chapter as The Trial Lawyer of the Year in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.





Biography External Link


Videos

2014  January President's Video
January 2014 President's Message
(3 min.)
Eugene Pettis describes the Vision 2016 Commission goal to meet the needs of Bar members and their clients through new efficiencies in Technology, Legal Education, Bar Admissions and Delivery of Legal Services.
Alternative Text for January 2014 President's message.

October 2013 President's Message
(3 min.)
Bar President, Eugene Pettis discusses three programs that are timely and relevant to all Bar members.
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Eugene K Pettis President's Message
2013 Florida Bar General Assembly: Incoming President's Message External Link
(20 min. YouTube)
Ft. Lauderdale attorney Eugene K. Pettis is The Florida Bar's first African American president sworn in as the 65th president of The Florida Bar on June 28 at the Annual Convention.

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Eugene K. Pettis Installation
2013 Florida Bar General Assembly: Installation and Incoming President's Message External Link (40 min. YouTube)
Ft. Lauderdale attorney Eugene K. Pettis is sworn in by Chief Justice Ricky Polston as the 65th president of The Florida Bar on June 28. During his year as president, Pettis' objectives include involving a more diverse group of members in committees and sections while offering training in leadership.
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The President's Schedule

Current Schedule


President's Pages

President's Pages


Priorities of the President

Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy
The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession, while enhancing their leadership skills in their chosen path.

ROPES
An initiative to encourage all the threads of the The Florida Bar organization specifically the diverse Voluntary Bars to leverage the Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education materials and resources. This public education effort highlights the need for an independent judiciary and reviews the importance of the rule of law in our democracy.

Vision 2016 : An In-Depth Review of the Future Practice of Law
The commission will focus on the critical issues that will impact the practice of law: technology, legal education, Bar admission and delivery of legal services/pro bono.


Get Involved
All Florida Bar members are invited to get involved in one or more of The Florida Bar’s sections, divisions, or committees. These various volunteer groups, along with the Board of Governors, do much of the work of The Florida Bar. Participation within the Bar offers an opportunity to serve in an area of personal interest, gain concentrated information and education, and develop a professional network.


The President's Contact Information

Eugene K. Pettis
Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm
1 Financial Plz, Fl. 7
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394-0015
Phone: (954)523-9922
Fax: (954)522-2512
epettis@hpslegal.com
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Officers of The Florida Bar

President-elect 2013-14
Gregory William Coleman
Critton, Luttier & Coleman, LLP
303 Banyan Blvd., Ste. 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4639
Phone: (561)842-2820
Fax: (561)844-6929
gcoleman@bclclaw.com
Biography External Link
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Schedule
President-elect Designate 2013-14
Ramón A. Abadin
Sedgwick LLP
One Biscayne Tower, Ste. 1500
Two South Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 671-2124
Fax: (305) 437-8144
ramon.abadin@sedgwicklaw.com
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Schedule
Executive Director
John F. Harkness, Jr.
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300
Phone: (850) 561-5758
Fax: (850) 561-5826

[Revised: 04-22-2014]