VICTORY! LIFE SENTENCE VACATED AND CLIENT RELEASED
After eight years of litigation and multiple appeals to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Firm won the release of a client who had been serving a life sentence on charges stemming from the Sal Magluta and Willie Falcon case. Yuby Ramirez has been freed from prison after David Oscar Markus and Robin Kaplan persuaded the court to vacate her life sentence.
TWO CASES DISMISSED
Rodrigo Hidalgo, a vice-president of an airline, was charged in two separate federal indictments with criminal antitrust violations. David Markus, Mona Markus, and Robin Kaplan filed a unique motion to dismiss, which demonstrated that Hidalgo was immune from prosecution. The federal judge issued a 49 page order dismissing all charges against Mr. Hidalgo.
U.S. NEWS LISTS BEST LAWYERS
Again in 2012, David Oscar Markus was named in Best Lawyers by U.S. News in White Collar Criminal Defense and non-White Collar criminal defense.
FIRM AND ATTORNEYS NAMED AMONG SOUTH FLORIDA'S BEST
The South Florida Legal Guide has once again named Markus & Markus as one of the top firms in Miami for 2012, and selected David Oscar Markus, Mona E. Markus, and Margot Moss to its list of Top Lawyers. Robin Kaplan was selected as a Top Up & Comers.
Dr. Ali Shaygan was found not guilty in federal court of all 141 counts against him, which charged that he illegally prescribed pain medications resulting in a death. Dr. Shaygan was facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted. The jury hugged the lawyers and Dr. Shaygan after finding him not guilty in less than a morning, after a four week trial.
The 2011 Chambers & Partners reports that David Markus "comes highly recommend him for his criminal defense work. Clients describe him as 'a charming man of genius intellect, who throws himself into his work to achieve the best results for his clients.'" The 2010 Chambers & Partners said David Markus is "the whole package," and "a creative, courageous and tenacious courtoom advocate."
David Markus was one of 8 finalists in the nation for best White Collar Attorney in the United States by Chambers & Partners in both 2010 and 2011.
The 2010 SuperLawyers named David Markus as one of top 100 lawyers in Florida and Robin Kaplan as a Rising Star.
David Oscar Markus and Robin Kaplan received the Rodney Thaxton "Against All Odds" award by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys--Miami Chapter, and were named as finalists by the Daily Business Review as Most Effective Lawyers in the field of criminal justice.
After a month long trial, a jury found Francesco Scaglia not guilty in less than 2 hours. This was a federal criminal antitrust trial prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Despite being on video-tape and on a number of documents, the jury did not believe that Francesco was a knowing participant in the cartel.
A high-publicity case against an executive charged with over 800 RICO Acts was dismissed after David Markus and Margot Moss exposed the government's lead witness to be incredible through pretrial investigation and motion practice.
Mr. Markus was named a 2009 Florida SuperLawyer for White Collar Criminal Defense Representation and was listed in the 2009 Chambers & Partners for White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, which stated that Markus is a "man who gets consistently great results." The 2008 version said he had "impressive victories" and that "he really means business" when fighting for his clients.
In addition, in September 2009, Ms. Kaplan was named one of the top 40 lawyers under 40 years old in Dade County by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In a first of its kind trial about the legality of adult arcades, a jury in Broward County found David Markus' client, Gale Fontaine, not guilty of all counts in less than a day of deliberations.
After filing a motion contesting the extradition of man wanted in Panama for a $16 million fraud, the request for extradition was dismissed.
After briefing and oral argument by David Oscar Markus, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Jildardo Mendez's conviction for conspiring to defraud the United States.
After a six week trial and seven days of deliberations, a federal jury in Savannah, Georgia found David Markus' client, a high level health care executive, not guilty of all counts in a 288-count indictment alleging RICO, mail fraud, wire fraud, and health care fraud.
David Oscar Markus won a new trial in federal court for Moran Shepkaru (accused of fraud and conspiracy). The government appealed, but the Eleventh Circuit upheld the decision to award a new trial.
David Oscar Markus won an acquittal on all counts for Larry Green after a 6 week trial in federal court. Although Green was facing life in prison if convicted, he walked out of the courtroom with his family and friends.