David Oscar Markus is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. The National Law Journal selected him as one of the top 40 litigators in the country under 40 years old, and it has recognized one of his recent trial victories in federal court as one of the top ten defense verdicts in the country that year. In a recent trial victory, David not only beat all 141 counts in federal court for a doctor, but then won attorneys' fees and costs of over $600,000 for his client in a first-of-its-kind victory. Based on that case, he was awarded the highest honor -- the Rodney Thaxton "against all odds" award -- by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Although the 11th Circuit reversed the fee award in a number of controversial opinions, the court referred to Markus as an "elite" and "superb" attorney. (See page 9 here).
In 2010, he was one of eight finalists in the country for best white-collar criminal lawyer in the country by Chambers & Partners, which quoted market sources saying that David is "the whole package," and "a creative, courageous and tenacious courtoom advocate." And he was named to that very prestigious short list of 8 best white-collar criminal defense lawyers again in 2011 (he was the only lawyer listed not from a large firm). The 2012 Chambers said this: "David Markus received strong praise from peers and clients alike, who describe him as 'a legal genius and brilliant strategist with a great demeanor.'"
While at Harvard, he argued in front of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who named him best oralist. (The argument, which was carried on C-Span, can be viewed here. David's argument begins at 57:42). After graduating from Harvard, David served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward B. Davis, then-Chief United States District Judge, Southern District of Florida. Following his clerkship, David worked as an associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and then practiced as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Miami.
David is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida, and numerous federal courts including the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Court of Claims, the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
David is a past-president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter and past-president of the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, 2007-08. He served for ten yeras as the Southern District of Florida's national representative for the Criminal Justice Act Panel, and is the vice-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer's amicus committee (where he recently was part of the team that invalidated Florida's drug law -- read the brief here). David also has co-authored the Fourth Amendment Forum, published in NACDL's The Champion. He is frequently asked to serve on committees for the Southern District of Florida.
David has lectured on different aspects of the criminal trial and appeal, has taught legal writing at the University of Miami School of Law, and has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure and White Collar Law at Florida International University College of Law. He also speaks to other criminal defense lawyers on ethics and zealously representing criminal defendants charged with serious crimes. He is frequently named as one of the top lawyers in Florida by SuperLawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend Magazine, Chambers & Partners, and the South Florida Business Journal. The 2012, 2011 and 2010 SuperLawyers listed Markus as one of the top 100 lawyers in Florida, and the 2009 Chambers & Partners said that Markus is a "man who gets consistently great results.” He was one of 20 lawyers named a key partner by the South Florida Business Journal in 2011.
David has been quoted in publications around the country, including The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The Palm Beach Post, the Daily Business Review, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Law.com, and CNN.com. He has written opinion pieces for the Miami Herald, and is the author of the popular Southern District of Florida blog.
David is committed to zealously representing each and every one of his clients. He takes each case personally and does not like to lose.
Admitted 1997, Florida
Professional Webpage: http://markuslaw.com/attorney-profiles/david-oscar-markus/