Mark M. O'Mara

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Orlando, Florida

O'Mara Law Group
Mark M. O'Mara
O'Mara Law Group

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1982

Education: Florida State University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

O'Mara Law Group

221 NE Ivanhoe Blvd
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32804 Visit website


A former felony prosecutor and division chief, attorney Mark M. O'Mara has handled all types of criminal cases, including traffic, property crimes, DUI, drug cases and death penalty cases. Mr. O'Mara has been practicing criminal and family law for more than 36 years. He is presently board certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist and a Marital and Family Law Specialist. Double Certification is accomplished by less than one percent of Florida lawyers. He has also been named Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year and is the incoming President of the National Trial Lawyers.

Mark also focuses his practice on those who have had their civil rights violated, often at the hands of government officials.

In addition to his extensive trial experience in both state and federal criminal defense, Mr. O'Mara also represents clients in divorce cases, involving child time-sharing issues, alimony, and division of assets. He also represents citizens who were injured by the negligence of drug and automobile companies. 

Mr. O'Mara is also involved in many bar activities, including serving as President of the Seminole County Bar Association, President of the Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court and serving on both Circuit and Federal Grievance committees.

Mr. O'Mara is admitted to practice in the state of Florida, as well as before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and several other District Courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit. He currently serves as a legal analyst for CNN, where he provides his thoughts and expertise on justice and social issues. He also is often brought in to handle media concerns in high profile criminal cases and other matters that garner media scrutiny.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Family Law, Civil Rights, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense: White Collar

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Child Support, Class Actions, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, Custody & Visitation, DUI/DWI, Discrimination, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Name Change, Parole, Paternity, Police Misconduct, Prenuptial Agreements, Probation, Prosecution, Same Sex Family Law, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Toxic Torts, White Collar Crime

  • 30% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Family Law
  • 10% Civil Rights
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Criminal Defense: White Collar

First Admitted: 1982, Florida

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Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • ASSAULT CHARGES - Faced 7 Years in Prison - DISMISSED
  • Accomplished a total of $5.3 million dollar verdict for the Estate and family of Samuel DuBose, shot and killed by a police officer, 2016
  • Represented the Estate of Sam DuBose, a black 43 year old man killed by a white University of Cincinnati Police Officer while off campus. The University settled the case for a total of $5.3 million, including affording all Sam's children free tuition at the University and erecting a memorial garden for him on campus., 2016
Educational Background:
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, B.A., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Pre Law Political Science, 1979
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member of the Florida Bar, 1982
  • Member, State Attorney's Office, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Seminole County, 1982 - 1984, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1984
  • Chair, Grievance Committee, 1997 - 1999, 1997
  • Past President, Seminole County Bar Association, 1999 - Present, 1999
  • Voted Trial Lawyer of the Year by National Association of Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • President of the  Central Florida Family Law Inn of Court, 2011
  • President of the National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Member, Florida Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, The Florida Bar, Criminal Law & Family Law Sections
  • Member, Criminal Law Certification Committee
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chair, Federal Court Grievance Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board certification by the Florida Bar requires additional legal education, peer review and testing procedures, Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, Florida Bar, 1996
  • I was named Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Trial Lawyers Organization, Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year , National Trial Lawyers Organization, 2013
  • I have been Certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law since 2011 and also Certified in Criminal Trial Law since 1996. Less than 1% of Florida Lawyer carry dual Certification., Florida Bar Certified in Marital and Family Law, Florida Bar, 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Actively involved in Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation from 2005 to present, Honored by that group in 2017 for my work on their behalf., 2005
  • In charge of offering Christmas meals to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Orlando Florida from 2016 to present., 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Florida Bar Board Certifdied in Marital and Family Law, 2011
  • Cerified Family Law Mediator, 2001
  • Certified Circuit Civil and Family Mediator, Florida Supreme Court
  • Certified on Collaborative Law, 2006
  • Board Certified, Criminal Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Criminal Trial Specialist, Florida Bar, 1996
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, 1996
  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, 2001
  • Marital and Family Law, Florida Bar, 2011
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • President, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
Representative Clients:
  • Represented a woman who was sexually abused by an employee at a Telecommunications retail store, 2018
  • Represented the Estate of Samuel Dubose after he was shot and killed by a police officer, 2016
  • Represent the Estate of Mathew Ajibade, who was killed by several corrections officers in a Georgia jail, 2015

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Mark is a fantastic and ethical person, who happens to also be a great lawyer. He is well respected by peers and judges alike.”

Office location for Mark M. O'Mara

221 NE Ivanhoe Blvd
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32804

Phone: 407-965-2383


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

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