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Defending George Zimmerman: Who is Mark O'Mara?

By Tanya Roth, Esq. | Last updated on

This week a lot of Americans are asking "Who is Mark O'Mara?" After George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder Wednesday, he has retained a new attorney to help him through the legal maze that faces him in the months to come.

Who is George Zimmerman's attorney? Who would take up this arduous task of representing such an infamous defendant-- a defendant who has come under media scrutiny, has received death threats and may be one of the more hated men in America these days?

Introducing Mark O'Mara.

O'Mara isn't a stranger to the media. You may have seen him on television during the days of the Casey Anthony trial. He was a commentator on the case, making critiques and commentary on the trial.

Despite his media comfort, O'Mara is no Billy Flynn. You won't find any razzle-dazzle here, unlike Zimmerman's former attorneys, who staged a news conference earlier this week renouncing their representation.

According to colleagues, O'Mara is "not someone who is going to loud-talk or try to be bossy." While discretion and a cool head are traits of great attorneys, it's clear that O'Mara doesn't fit the stereotypical norm for high-profile defense attorneys.

And his traits could play well for him before a judge and jury, in garnering the respect that his client needs in order to win his case.

Mark O'Mara has thirty years of experience in trying criminal cases and is no stranger to the Florida court system. He was also the former president of the Seminole County Bar Association. A 1982 graduate of Florida State University College of Law, O'Mara is also Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist.

His reputation and law firm marketing efforts paid off well as he was contacted directly by the family of Zimmerman. Not all lawyers can do marketing magic the way O'Mara has done. it is worth noting that FindLaw's lawyer marketing specialists designed O'Mara website. Indeed, FindLaw's law firm consultants are there to guide those who need an extra hand with marketing their practice.

Over the past few weeks, people have been predicting the worst for George Zimmerman. Now, in the hands of Mark O'Mara, it seems Zimmerman may have a shot at freedom. A very good shot, it would seem.

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