Mark M. O’Mara started his career as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office in Seminole County, then crossed to the other side of the courtroom and has served as a defense attorney ever since. Mark is one of only several lawyers in Florida who is Board Certified in both Criminal Trial Law and Marital and Family Law; he is also certified in Collaborative Law and is a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator and Circuit Civil Mediator. He has practiced in both state and federal courts throughout the nation, often co-counseling for complex trials and civil rights matters.
He has recently expanded his practice to include representing clients aggrieved by large corporations, from drug and medical device manufacturers to automobile companies in an area of law known as Mass Torts. He and his team utilize the research and trial presentation skills honed over thirty-five years to hold these companies responsible for their wrongs, and to make them more responsible in their future behavior. Mark has the privilege of being presently involved in leadership roles in two Mass Tort actions, Benicar and Bair Hugger and is heavily involved in a new action as Co-Lead counsel against CenturyLink regarding inappropriate billing and customer service practices.
As a trial consultant, Mark helps other lawyers perform at their peak in trials dealing with complicated legal issues, particularly those under intense media scrutiny. He also created Flywheel Mediaworks, Inc. through which he and his team assist other lawyers with media management, jury selection and social media inquiries and monitoring. While leading the high-profile defense of George Zimmerman, Mark received acclaim for his even-handed management of the controversial case. His on-camera experience during the trial earned him the honor of being a CNN legal analyst, a position he has held for 4 years. He has also been invited to give his thoughts and insights on numerous other networks, including FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, HLN, RT and many others. Since the verdict, Mark has used his voice to contribute to the national conversation about race, guns, self-defense, the media, and the criminal justice system — and he speaks frequently on these topics to Law Schools, attorney associations and universities.
Moreover, he started a non-profit organization called Justice Outreach, designed to identify and fix problems with the justice system, and he is an advocate for change in state and national laws that lead to the over-prosecution of American citizens, whether it be by unbridled prosecutors or inappropriately applied minimum mandatory sentencing schemes
Mr. O’Mara earned his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law in 1982, and received his undergraduate degree from University of Central Florida in 1979. He has taught at Harvard Law School; Florida State University School of Law; the University of Buffalo Law School; the University of Central Florida; Duquesne University; Barry University School of Law and Adrian College, among others. He has taught seminars for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers, South Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Alabama Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court, Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, the Florida Homicide Investigators Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Family Law Practice for Paralegals program.
He is Martindale-Hubbell A.V. Preeminent rated, and served as President of the Seminole County Bar Association and as President of the Central Florida Family Law American Inn of Court. He has most recently been selected as a member of the NTL Round Table, the top 100 most Influential Trial Lawyers in America, and was selected as the NTL Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year and Is President-elect of the National Trial Lawyers. He is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum, and award bestowed upon the Top Trial Lawyers in America for accomplishing such verdicts.
ACCOLADES AND AFFILIATIONS
• Martindale-Hubbell A.V. Preeminent rated lawyer
• NTL Round Table, member 2013-2018
• Top 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers in America
• NTL Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2013
• Orlando’s Top Lawyers, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
• National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012-2018
• Jefferson Cup Award from Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, 2013
• Super Lawyers, 2012-2018
• Terry Jackson Friend of the Constitution Award, 2015
• Former President of the Central Florida Family Law American Inns of Court
• Former President of the Seminole County Bar Association
• Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
• National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
• Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, Member
• National Trial Lawyers Association, Member of Executive Committee and President Elect
• Orange County Bar Association
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
• Created and presented CLEs on topics to include Self Defense, Jury Selection, Ethical Considerations When Engaging the Media, Electronically Stored Information, Cross Examination, Closing Arguments and others
• State Bar: Florida
• Federal: U.S. District Courts: M.D. Florida, Northern District of Florida, District of Minnesota, District of Maine
• Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
• University of Central Florida, B.A.
• State of Florida v. George Zimmerman
CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION
• The Estate of Samuel DuBose
• Solomon Oludamisi Ajibade, et al., v. John Wilcher, et al., 4:16-cv-82-WTM-GRS, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia
• In re Century Link Customer Billing Disputes Litigation, MDL 2795
PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION
• In re Benicar Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2606
• In re Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation, MDL 15-2666