About Mark O'Mara

Written by Mark O'Mara on . Posted in Opinion

Most people know me as George Zimmerman’s lawyer. What many people don’t know is that I am a Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyer and a Board Certified Marital and Family Law lawyer, and I’ve been in practice for over 30 years.

During the course of the Zimmerman case, I have become increasingly aware that the case has become a focus point for many issues well beyond those found in the ‘traditional ‘ criminal case. These include gun rights issues, ‘Stand your Ground’ issues and civil rights issues. As to the last issue, I am concerned that the more people consider an acquittal of George Zimmerman to be a loss for civil rights, the worse it will be for civil rights. We are confident that George should and will be acquitted, and I am deeply concerned we are going to miss the opportunity to have a constructive conversation about race in America.

My hope is that we can show the difference between the Zimmerman case and real civil rights cases -- that we can help divorce a verdict in the Zimmerman case from the real civil rights issues we face as a nation. I’ve been saying on television for months that we should use this case to start the conversation about race, particularly the concerns regarding disparate treatment in the criminal justice system, and I’ve set up this website to begin that conversation. For my entire career, I have defended the rights of citizens accused, and I’ve focused inquiry when the system failed its citizens. Now, more than ever, is the time to reenergize the conversation about the system we all must trust and rely upon.

This website is not going to be about the Zimmerman case, that’s what GZLegalCase.com is for. However, we will discuss issues that have become associated with the Zimmerman case -- issues like self-defense, gun rights, and particularly cases that show inequities in the criminal justice system.