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Approximately fifteen years ago I reached the point in my legal career where I began defending media covered cases. It was at first an ego boost, but it was also very interesting because of the so called legal experts who commented on my cases. I watched lawyers, who were not actively involved in any of my clients’ cases, incorrectly analyze my legal strategy on television and on social media. Time after time they were comically wrong about nearly all of their opinions. But it is not their fault. How can any lawyer, who knows nothing about my cases, accurately discuss them in a twenty second sound bite? They simply can’t. I play chess.

It thus became very clear to me that it is wrong for any lawyer to discuss in the media any case he or she is not personally defending. I used to do it. And I was wrong for doing it. It is why over a decade ago I vowed that I would stop doing it. I have not broken this vow, despite still being asked all the time by local and national media outlets to comment on cases that are not my own. This is not a Sunday morning pregame football show. This is someone’s life.

Instead, I am the lawyer who quietly but strategically defends my clients in courts of public opinion and courts of law all through out the state and country. While I do the hard part, I will let the other lawyers talk about my cases in the media. Doers versus Talkers. You are free to decide who you want representing you.

Tampa Bay Times Covers: Attorney Mark J. O’Brien’s Accused Cop Case

Tampa Bay Times: In an interview Friday, O’Brien likened it to a law enforcement officer withholding evidence that could prove an accused person innocent.

Orlando Sentinel: “A convicted counterfeiter and an informant-for-hire both failed to convince a federal jury in Orlando that a Central Florida man was behind a 110-pound cocaine deal,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel about a not guilty verdict federal criminal attorney Mark J. O’Brien obtained in a federal cocaine conspiracy case.

San Francisco Chronicle: “They would have preferred that Mr. Keel have been fired months ago but they are certainly not upset at the news that he resigned,” said attorney Mark J. O’Brien after learning that a major participant in the Dover Air Force Base scandal resigned after the results of a government whistleblower investigation were made public.

CBS News Tampa: “It is a simple case of right versus wrong,” replied attorney Mark J. O’Brien to reporters when asked to summarize his legal argument.

Los Angeles Times: “I believe this is improper. In this particular case, he should not be held without bond and his probation should not be violated,” attorney Mark J. O’Brien said in response to reporters’ questions about his client’s, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, arrest.

USA TODAY: “It was dismissed in Washington State and now it will be dismissed here in Tampa, Florida,” criminal defense attorney Mark J. O’Brien told reporters after a court appearance involving untrue allegations that his client, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jerramy Stevens, battered his wife, current United States National Soccer Team goalie Hope Solo.

Chicago Tribune: “He is satisfied the proper decision was made today but he is angry that the wrong decision was made to arrest to begin with,” attorney Mark J. O’Brien said in a statement to reporters after all charges against his client were dropped by prosecutors.

Orlando Sentinel:“He went from 16 to 17 years to nothing,” Tampa defense lawyer Mark J. O’Brien said of the time his client would spend behind bars after a jury acquitted his client in federal criminal court

Tampa Tribune:“Most of the lawyers could not be reached or had no comment but Mark J. O’Brien said, ‘We will vigorously defend Mr. Lewis in federal court using all of the legal tools we have at our disposal.’ ”

CBS News Tampa: Mark O’Brien, the attorney for Iraj Karkevandian speaks to News Channel 8

Boston Globe: “This was a lot worse than most people could possibly comprehend,” white-collar criminal defense attorney Mark J. O’Brien said in an interview with the Boston Globe.

Orlando Sentinel: “A 12-member jury took a little more than one hour to acquit the federal defendant,” wrote the Orlando Sentinel while describing the length of time it took a federal jury to acquit federal criminal defense attorney Mark J. O’Brien’s client of a million dollar counterfeit money and drug distribution conspiracy.

Tampa Bay Times: “Plant High School teacher Mary Lynn Vu’s attorney, Mark J. O’Brien, released a statement praising the prosecutor’s decision to not charge his client with having sexual relations with a student.”

Tampa Bay Business Journal: “I am pleased that the legal argument I made at sentencing was later conceded as legally correct by government prosecutors on appeal,” said federal criminal lawyer Mark J. O’Brien of Tampa after the United States Attorney’s Office conceded and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that his original district court legal argument was accurate.

St. Petersburg Times: “The ruling came down just the other day. The appeals court reversed Tina Esler’s conviction,” wrote Columnist Howard Troxler, describing how attorney Mark J. O’Brien’s appellate brief convinced the Second District Court of Appeal to overturn his client’s jury conviction and corresponding five year prison sentence for DUI resulting in serious bodily injury.

Tampa Tribune: “It was not filed against him and appropriately so,” attorney Mark J. O’Brien said of the decision of Florida prosecutors to not charge his client with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Orlando Sentinel: “Mark J. O’Brien, a former prosecutor in Miami, convinced the jury that his client was a small-time pot dealer duped into playing a role in a conspiracy orchestrated by federal drug agents.”

Washington Post: “To find out nearly two years later that there were after-the-fact excuses made to at best justify, or at worst cover up, a terrible decision to cut off their son’s arm without their permission is a slap in the face to them and to all other fallen Marines,” attorney Mark J. O’Brien told reporters.

Media Coverage

In a perfect world, no one, not even your best friends or closest family members, would ever find out you were arrested and charged with a crime. Unfortunately, if you are an athlete, a politician or a person of some sort of fame, this is not only a fanciful dream, it simply is not possible. The lawyers at O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, in Tampa and Orlando, Florida, have experience handling high-profile media cases and will tailor a media strategy that defends your reputation in the court of public opinion, while simultaneously not allowing prosecutors to poison your potential jury pool or inflame public interest against you without you having your day in court.