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Markus & Markus is a nationally recognized trial and appellate boutique law firm that is known for taking on very difficult cases and winning.  The named partners of the firm -- David Oscar Markus and Mona E. Markus-- are honors graduates of Harvard Law School.  Throughout his career, David Markus has zealously and successfully represented defendants in high-stakes litigation at the trial level all the way to the Supreme Court.    He takes part in all of the Firm's cases, which typically includes executives and professionals charged with white collar offenses such as criminal antitrust, tax fraud, OFAC, mortgage fraud, medicare fraud, RICO, and securities fraud. His contact information is on the speed dial of businessmen (and even filmmakers). Similarly, Mona Markus was part of the trial and appellate team that obtained a billion dollar verdict against Exxon in federal court and made it stick before the United States Supreme Court.  Mona leads the Firm's motion and appellate practice, which in 2012 alone won three cases in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to David and Mona, the Firm is lucky to have Margot Moss and Robin Kaplan-- two highly skilled and experienced lawyers who have achieved enormous success for their clients.  Margot has tried more than 100 cases to verdict and while at the public defender's office was tasked with training young lawyers.  Her latest trial resulted in a not guilty across the board before Judge Adalberto Jordan in federal court.  She handles complex criminal matters in state and federal court. Robin has tried some of the largest cases in the Southern District of Florida, including the case discussed above with David in which they obtained a not guilty verdict on 141 counts.  She recently obtained not-guilty verdicts for a lawyer charged with mortgage fraud in federal court. The Firm handles a very small number of cases at any given time so that it can dedicate its full energy to each and every case it takes.    Highlights of the Firm's founder -- David Oscar Markus: Magna cum laude from Harvard Law School Top 40 litigator under 40 years old (National Law Journal) Top Lawyer, White Collar Criminal Defense and non-White Collar Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News (2007-present) President, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Miami) 2006-07 President, Federal Bar Association (Miami Chapter) 2007-08 Top Law Firm (South Florida Legal Guide), 2006-present Top Miami Criminal Lawyer (South Florida Legal Guide), 2002-present SuperLawyer (Florida SuperLawyers), 2006-present; Top 100 SuperLawyer in Florida 2010-Present (and in Miami).  Best Lawyers 2011-present South Florida Business Journal Key Partners Award 2011 Instructor at the first White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson Law 2012 AV Rated (Martindale Hubbell) Top Lawyer (Chambers & Partners), 2007-present Finalist (one of only eight), Best White Collar Attorney in the United States 2010 and 2011 (Chambers & Partners) According to the 2011 Chambers & Partners, "David Markus comes highly recommended for his criminal defense work.  Clients describe him as 'a charming man of genius intellect, who throws himself into his work to achieve the best results for his clients.'"  The 2010 Chambers & Partners had this to say:  "David Markus ... is 'the whole package,' according to market sources. 'A creative, courageous and tenacious courtoom advocate.' Peers cite as evidence of this the "stunning acquittal" he achieved in the Dr. Ali Shaygan case, which resulted in the dismissal of all 141 counts against his client and a court order to refund $600,000 in costs due to government misconduct." The 2012 Chambers recognized both David Markus and the Firm Markus & Markus for its outstanding work, saying this: "This compact firm enters the rankings this year having been highly recommended for its extensive expertise in white-collar criminal defense. It has doubled in size in the past year and now houses four lawyers, who handle extremely complex high-stakes criminal and white-collar litigation with ease.  David Markus received strong praise from peers and clients alike, who describe him as "a legal genius and brilliant strategist with a great demeanor." He is regarded as a criminal defense expert and has handled some high-profile matters." After a recent trial with reggae star Buju Banton, one newspaper compared him to Clarence Darrow and Johnnie Cochran.

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