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June 14, 2017
Mark Hohmeister; [email protected],
The Florida Bar
(850) 561-5666

Miami attorney Michael J. Higer will be sworn in as the 69th president of The Florida Bar when the Bar holds its Annual Convention from June 21-24 in Boca Raton.

The swearing-in will take place at the General Assembly on Friday, June 23. West Palm Beach attorney Michelle Suskauer will be sworn in as president-elect. Suskauer will become Bar president in June 2018.

Higer is a part
ner on Berger Singerman's Dispute Resolution Team and devotes his practice to commercial litigation and civil trial work. He focuses principally on commercial and insurance litigation.

With eight years on the Bar’s Board of Governors, Higer understands the importance of not just setting goals but also creating a roadmap by which to accomplish them.
Each of us can make a real difference – and do so every day in the pursuit of justice – for our members, the courts and the public,” Higer said.

Higer’s leadership will be closely aligned with the Bar’s strategic plan, focusing on five key goals:

● Using technology to better connect the Bar’s resources with the public and members who need it.

● Encouraging a more inclusive profession and justice system.

● Educating members and the public on the work of the Constitution Revision Commission.

● Delivering the benefits and services that help the Bar’s members grow.

● Prioritizing health and wellness.

Higer chaired the Bar’s Special Committee on Gender Bias, which recently issued a 12-point plan to address bias and promote inclusion, and as president he will continue to encourage diversity on the bench and in the Bar. More than half of the committee chairs and vice chairs Higer has appointed for 2017-18 are women, part of an effort to increase diversity for Bar leadership.

The Constitution Revision Commission, which proposes changes for voter consideration once every 20 years, began its most recent review this year, and the Bar will advise the CRC on issues relevant to preserving an independent, well-funded judiciary. “(Resisting) any efforts that are made to impinge upon our branch, whether it’s through term limits, reduction of funding, splitting the court, or anything of the sort, which would impair an impartial and an independent judiciary, has to be first and foremost in terms of our mission,” Higer said.

Born in Miami Beach, Higer earned a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. After graduation, he joined Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England, P.A., as a commercial litigator. Later, he joined Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, P.A., as the first lawyer to be named a shareholder by the founding shareholders, and in 2006 he formed Higer Lichter & Givner LLP. He joined Berger Singerman in January 2015.

Higer is a member of The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors and serves on its Executive Committee, and he is a former chair of the Bar’s Business Law Section. He is widely regarded as one of the architects of Florida’s business courts.

At the convention, which has as its theme “Inspire the Future,” Florida Bar members can expand their knowledge with seminars for Continuing Legal Education credit, meet with their committees and sections dedicated to advancing the Bar's work and attend special luncheons and events.

With more than 104,000 members, The Florida Bar is one of the largest unified bars in the nation. It is charged by the Florida Supreme Court with regulating the practice of law in the state as well as promoting the administration of justice.

The Bar website has more information on the
Annual Convention and incoming President-Elect Michelle Suskauer.


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[Revised: 06-22-2017]