Attorney Mark O’Mara is, of course, the lawyer who last summer successfully represented George Zimmerman against second degree murder charges for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Throughout my coverage of the trial here at Legal Insurrection I frequently noted how O’Mara’s cool demeanor and outstanding legal skills — along with the somewhat less cool but still outstanding Don West — contrasted starkly with the often outlandish, loud, and unfocused efforts of the State prosecutors in their efforts to obtain a conviction.

Well, it seems I’m not the only one who noticed O’Mara’s outstanding work. The National Trial Lawyers professional association have named O’Mara the National Criminal Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2013, as reported by the Orlando Sentinel.

Earlier this month the Orland-Sentinel interviewed O’Mara and explored such issues as how his law practice has changed following the Zimmerman trial, some of the behind-the-scenes efforts required to keep his law practice alive while defending a case that couldn’t cover its costs, and his expectations for ever getting fully paid by George Zimmerman:

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.