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Margot Moss profiled by Attorney At Law Magazine

“I represent people going through the most difficult times in their lives,” she says. “A criminal accusation doesn’t just affect the individual; families are torn apart, homes are lost, parents taken from their children, and bank accounts are drained. Whether the individual is guilty or innocent, it is extremely traumatic and stressful for the client.”

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David Markus quoted by CNN regarding iPhone Fingerprint Warrant

“Sometimes the law gets too cute. We shouldn’t leave common sense out of the equation,” said David Oscar Markus, a high-profile defense attorney in Miami. “The process is the same thing. You’re getting access to someone’s most private information by forcing someone to give you the key.”

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Below is a sampling of news items about Markus/Moss, which has been named one of the top criminal defense firms not only in Miami but in the nation:

Best Lawyer

David Oscar Markus is named best lawyer of the year.

David Markus receiving an award from the Court with Judge Federico Moreno and Judge Robert Scola.


David Markus with then-Chief Judge Federico Moreno and Judge Robert Scola

 LawDragon recently profiled David here, saying that “prosecutors have their hands full when they take on David Markus.”

National media reports that Markus won an acquittal on a federal indictment and recovered fees for prosecutorial misconduct (National Law Journal Associated PressSun-SentinelMiami Herald, and Wall Street Journal )Read the court order here. Although the fee award was later reversed on appeal, Markus received support from former federal judges and prosecutors in his bid to get the Supreme Court to review the case.

Markus is often quoted for his perspective on cases in the news. For example, he was frequently asked about the George Zimmerman case and the defense strategy.  As a few other examples, here is an article about the Supreme Court ruling in favor of criminal defendants in a dog-sniff search case, and here is an article about internet cafes and the State’s use of an expert named Bob Sertell.  In this Sun-Sentinel artilce, he is quoted about the feds using Scott Rothstein as a witness: “Rule No.1 of criminal law is ‘never trust a rat.’ When you’re talking about Scott Rothstein, the rat of all rats, Rule 1 is gospel. The feds should know better, but they generally ignore Rule No. 1.”

After multiple appeals and eight years of litigation, the Firm won the release of pro bono client Yuby Ramirez who was serving a life sentence.   The Wall Street Journal covered the victory here. More:Markus continues pro bono fight on behalf of Miami mother serving life sentence, and wins argument before the Eleventh Circuit.

Profile of David Markus as an attorney who “has built an outstanding reputation handling high-stakes white collar and other criminal defense matters.”

David Markus and Margot Moss are named Daily Business Review finalists for Most Effective Lawyers 2011 in thecriminal law category and David Markus is also named finalist in the public interest category.

Firm Obtains Dismissal of Two Federal Antitrust Indictments Against High-Level Executive in Air Cargo Antitrust Case:

— District Court Affirms Dismissal Of Indictment

States drops charges against executives in Wackenhut corruption case

Markus and Moss fight for mothers

Markus helps get Florida drug statute ruled unconstitutional

Markus gets charges against Australian Actor Matthew Newton dismissed.

Markus helps filmmaker Billy Corben get out of hot water for tweeting during jury service.  (Herald and NBC News)  Below is a picture from the courtroom with David Markus, Billy Corben, and Margot Moss


Markus takes on DOJ re discovery obligations

Markus wins dismissal of marriage fraud indictment on the eve of trial (coverage here): “The federal government should stay out of our bedrooms,” said David O. Markus, one of the defense lawyers. “Not getting a perfect score on ‘The Newlywed Game’ shouldn’t be a federal crime.”

Judge Slams Bureau of Prisons for Keeping Inmate (Daily Business Review)

 Firm Name Changes to Markus

Profile of Markus’ Client after Acquittal

Markus quoted in Wall Street Journal article re Ted Stevens case(WSJ)

Markus uncovers prosecutorial misconduct (AP)

Not guilty verdict for doctor charged with 141 counts (Sun-Sentinel)

Not guilty verdict for doctor charged with 141 counts (Herald)

David Markus testifies before the U.S. Sentencing Commission

National Law Journal covers Markus victory in price-fixing case

The Firm represented reggae star Buju Banton (Mark Myrie).  The first trial resulted in a hung jury (7-5 for acquittal) and Buju was convicted at the second trial on three of four counts, but there were numerous allegations of juror misconduct which Markus addressed in this article.

David Markus and Buju prepare for trial

David Markus and Buju prepare for trial

Crowd Cheers as Buju Calls Lawyer On Stage (Miami New Times)

Buju Banton

Buju Performed As If His Freedom Depended On It (Jamaica Observer)

Reggae Singer Buju Banton Released Pending Retrial (Tampa Bay Online)

Mistrial For Buju: International Music Star Buju Banton Caught A Huge Break in his Drug Trial in Federal Court in Tampa (Hip Hop Weekly)

Profile of David Oscar Markus’s law career by the Jamaican Gleaner

Jury deadlocks in first Buju Banton trial  (Tampa TribuneABC NewsJamaica Observer)

Markus retained to represent reggae star Buju Banton 

Article profiling new Buju Banton attorney David Oscar Markus

Markus continues fight against prisons

David Markus lecturing at local white collar law event

Markus to cross-examine Gambino snitch

First Amendment Claim in Cockfight Suit – New York Times

Complaint in cockfighting case

New York Times – May 2007

A victory for adult arcade patrons

Democracy Now! Aspirational Rather than Operational – 7 Arrested in Miami Terror Plot

UM Protestors

Extradition of Gilberto Rodriguez

Florida Trend on Bloggers

South Florida CEO

Fighting FDC

Giving Thanks – Fourth Amendment Forum

Drugs, Dogs And Cars: Oh, My – Fourth Amendment Forum

Judge John Roberts’ Short Story – Fourth Amendment Forum

Government Crybabies -From the Courts

DAILY BUSINESS REVIEW 12/12/05 -Six Haitians Plead Not Guilty To Alien Smuggling – The Short Life of the Feeney Amendment

‘The Situation with Tucker Carlson’ for July 6

Miami lawyer honored – 2002-07-31 — News High court sides with NLV officers on drug warrant – When the Best Defense Is No Defense

From the Courts

Profiling Debate II

Supreme Court Victory

Federal Judge in Miami Rules Sentencing Guidelines Unconstitutional

Board of Education v. Earls

United States v. Arvizu

Atwater v. City of Lago Vista

The Classics

The Champion – Is profiling constitutional?

Best of the Bar 2004


David with then-Chief Judge Edward B. Davis when he was sworn into the bar in 1997 during his clerkship

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