Fort Lauderdale attorney becomes Florida Bar's first African-American president
Eugene K. Pettis will be sworn in as the 65th and first African American president of the 96,000-member Florida Bar at its annual convention Friday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Pettis, a civil trial attorney, is a founding member of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. He joined the Bar's Board of Governors in 2005 and has served on the Board of Governors’ executive committee.
Pettis attended Stranahan High School and received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Florida.
West Palm Beach attorney Gregory W. Coleman will become president-elect of the Bar during the Friday assembly as well. A partner with Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, he becomes president of the Bar in June 2014.
Coleman, who is a Miami native, received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Stetson University. He served this year on the Bar’s Board of Governors’ Budget, Communications and Program Evaluation committees.
Florida health trade group seeking new CEO
The Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc., a trade association representing Florida’s health plans, has formed a search committee to replace Michael Garner, the association’s president and CEO.
Garner is resigning after nearly five years with the association to become vice president of government relations with Amerigroup Florida, Inc., as part of an expanded government relations team. His resignation is effective July 2013.