George Zimmerman’s new attorney, Mark O’Mara, is no stranger to the spotlight. He moonlights as a legal commentator on TV, and he has seen his share of high-profile cases.
“Mark knows how to handle the media. But he's also not a media hog," says HLN legal analyst Mark NeJame, who has faced O'Mara in the courtroom. "He's going to go out and say and do what's appropriate on behalf of his client."
O’Mara has worked as a legal analyst for Central Florida's WKMG Channel 6, and he made the rounds on different news outlets commenting on the Casey Anthony trial.
The defense attorney’s website says he has 28 years of experience practicing family and criminal law.
“The law firm of Mark M. O'Mara is dedicated to helping good people through difficult times,” his firm’s website says.
O’Mara appeared on CourtTV (now known as In Session on truTV) representing Shamir Suber in a high-profile case in 2004. Prosecutors say Suber was charged with second-degree murder for running her car into 20-year-old Sara Phillips’ vehicle and killing her during a high speed chase with police. Suber was convicted of the lesser charge of DUI manslaughter.
O'Mara was forced to get up to speed on Zimmerman's case quickly. Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig dropped Zimmerman as a client on Tuesday.
O’Mara’s ability to manage the media may be valuable in providing a successful defense for Zimmerman, and he showcased his media savvy Wednesday. After Prosector Angela Corey announced she was charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder for shooting Martin, O’Mara was on the phone live with CNN. Seconds after hanging up, he was answering questions at a press conference carried by HLN and numerous other news outlets.