Mark O'Mara

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Mark O'Mara
Born (1956-02-08) February 8, 1956 (age 63)
ResidenceOrlando, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Central Florida (B.A., 1979)
Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 1982)
OccupationLawyer, O'Mara Law Group[1]
Legal analyst, CNN
WebsiteOfficial website

Mark M. O'Mara[2] (born February 8, 1956) is an American criminal defense lawyer in Orlando, Florida, known for being the attorney for George Zimmerman.[3][4] He is a former prosecutor.[5]

O'Mara is a legal analyst for CNN.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

O'Mara is one of five siblings in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent. He was raised in Rosedale, Queens, New York City. His father, John Joseph O'Mara, was a World War II veteran, shot down over Germany and spent the better part of a year in a POW camp, until liberated by the Soviets. His father came back to Brooklyn and married his fiancée, Anna "Nancy" McAteer.[8] He then joined the New York Fire Department, where he rose to Battalion Chief. He was also President of the Fire Officers Union before he retired and moved to Orlando Florida, bringing his wife and youngest son Mark, with him.[9][10]

O'Mara is a 1979 graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he was involved in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and Student Government. He was elected as Student Body President, and graduated and received his J.D. degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1982.[11]


O'Mara was an Assistant State Attorney with the Seminole County State Attorney Office from 1982 to 1984. Mark M. O’Mara started his career as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office in Seminole County [5], then began his private practice, joining forces with other local attorneys before beginning his own firm..  Mark is one of only a few lawyers in Florida who are 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.[12]

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-six years to hold these companies responsible for their wrongs, and to make them more responsible in their future behavior.[11]

He has taught at Harvard Law School; Florida State University School of Law; University of Florida School of Law; the University of Buffalo Law School; Baylor University School of Law; Duquesne University School of Law; Barry University School of Law; the University of Central Florida; and Adrian College, among others. He has taught seminars for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers, The National Board of Trial Advocacy, 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.[13]


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

President of National Trial Lawyers Association 2019-2020

Orlando’s Top Lawyers, 2010- 2018

National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012-2019

Jefferson Cup Award from Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida, 2013

Super Lawyers, 2012-2019

Terry Jackson Friend of the Constitution Award, 2015

Central Florida Family Law American Inns of Court, member and Former President

Seminole County Bar Association, member and Former President [14]

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

Orange County Bar Association

O'Mara was a legal analyst for WKMG Channel 6, an Orlando, Florida television station.[15][16][17] After the Zimmerman case was over, he was hired as a legal analyst by CNN, a position he has held for over two years.

George Zimmerman trial[edit]

O'Mara gained national attention while serving as the defense attorney for George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.[18]

In September 2013, after a domestic altercation between George and Shellie Zimmerman, O'Mara said he was continuing to represent George Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit against NBCUniversal but was not representing him in the "domestic altercation case or his impending divorce case."[19]


  1. ^ "O'Mara Law Group". 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  2. ^ "Top Rated Orlando, FL Civil Rights Attorney | Mark O'Mara". Super Lawyers. 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  3. ^ Julie Bosman and Monica Davey (November 22, 2014). "In Ferguson, Preparation and Anticipation as Grand Jury Decision Nears". The New York Times. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 'This is a unique grand jury to begin with,' Mark O'Mara, the criminal defense lawyer who represented George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida, said in a telephone interview.
  4. ^ "Attorney Profile". Super Lawyers. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Zimmerman's new attorney: Who is Mark O'Mara?". NBC News. April 12, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2014. The central Florida defense attorney and former prosecutor has nearly 30 years of experience under his belt, representing clients in criminal cases ranging from drunk driving to the death penalty.
  6. ^ "Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman Lawyer, Joins CNN As Legal Analyst". The Huffington Post. September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Ray Sanchez (November 24, 2014). "What's next for Officer Darren Wilson?". CNN. Retrieved November 25, 2014. "It would be senseless for him to go back to Ferguson," CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara said.
  8. ^ "John O'Mara Obituary - Orlando, FL | Orlando Sentinel". Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  9. ^ Marilyn Young (February 10, 2014). "Mark O'Mara finding new life after the George Zimmerman case". Financial News & Daily Record. Retrieved November 25, 2014. He's the son of Irish Catholic parents, including a father who was a New York City firefighter
  10. ^ Kate Hickey (April 17, 2012). "George Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara calls himself a "Good Irish Catholic boy" – VIDEOS". IrishCentral. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "O'Mara Law Group". 2012-04-28. Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2012-04-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-09. Retrieved 2013-07-17. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Zimmerman's new attorney: Who is Mark O'Mara?". NBC News. April 12, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2014. He also has clocked time in front of the television cameras, serving as a legal analyst for local station WKMG Channel 6, where he commented on high-profile cases, including the Casey Anthony case and even the Martin one – before he was hired to represent Zimmerman.
  16. ^ "Local 6 legal expert Mark O'Mara now representing George Zimmerman". WKMG Channel 6. April 11, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2014. Attorney Mark O'Mara, who was a legal expert for Local 6 in the Casey Anthony murder trial and the ongoing Trayvon Martin death investigation, is now representing George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed the teen in Sanford.
  17. ^ Oren Dorell (April 12, 2012). "Zimmerman defense lawyer not new to spotlight". USA Today. Mark O'Mara is known to central Florida residents because he appeared often on Orlando television station WKMG as a legal analyst during the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in July in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
  18. ^ Diane Dimond (April 12, 2012). "Mark O'Mara: George Zimmerman's New Lawyer". The Daily Beast. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  19. ^ Kuo, Vivian. "Attorney Mark O'Mara drops George Zimmerman". CNN. Retrieved 10 September 2013.

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