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Mark J. Criser - Shareholder

Mark J. Criser

Education

University of Florida, B.A., 1992
University of Florida, M.A., 1994
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1997

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Mark J. Criser - Shareholder

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Mark is a Shareholder and the practice Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. His practice primarily involves the defense of professional malpractice claims, life, health, and disability insurance claims, as well as general commercial litigation.

Upon graduating from law school, Mark served as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable Major B. Harding, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Since coming to Tampa in 2000, Mark has represented several national insurance companies and law firms, as well as multi-national corporations.

Mark is active in both professional and Bar-related activities.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. He has presented seminars for the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Eastern Claims Conference, and the Western Claims Conference. Mark previously served as a member of The Florida Bar's Grievance Committee (Group 13E), and as a member of The Florida Bar's Professional Ethics Committee.

In addition to his legal practice, Mark is also active in the community. He is currently Chairman of the AMIkids Foundation Board of Trustees, was previously the National Chairman for AMIKids, Inc., and prior to that was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for AMI Kids-Tampa. Mark has been a member of the UF Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2011, and currently serves as its Vice President. Mark is also a member of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council and currently serves as its President. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • SL2018_gray
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Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2011-2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009)
  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite (2013-2015)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2013)

Published Decisions
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  • In re Steffen,
    WL 1746883 05-17239  United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, June 27, 2006
  • Watson v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.,
    WL 34373973 8:01CV368T27MAP  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, July 11, 2002
  • Weber v. Whitaker & Hamilton, P.A.,
    WL 2521229 2D08-5790  District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, August 19, 2009
  • Kelly v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.,
    WL 25778702 8:01-CV-1176-T-27MAP  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, March 25, 2003
  • Steffen v. Akerman, Senterfitt & Edison, P.A.,
    WL 1117390 804-CV-1693-T-24MSS  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, April 24, 2009
  • Nova information Systems, Inc. v. Greenwich Ins. Co.,
    WL 32075792 6:00CV1703ORL31 KRS  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, December 13, 2002
  • Rodriguez v. J.C. Penney Life Ins. Co.,
    WL 208775 8:02-CV-695-T-17MAP  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, January 25, 2006
  • Smith v. Coalition to Reduce Class Size,
    WL 31051569 SC02-1624  Supreme Court of Florida, September 13, 2002
  • Steffen v. Senterfitt,
    WL 1601750 8:04-CV-1693T24MSS  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, June 01, 2007
  • Montpellier Farm, Ltd v. Crane Environmental, Inc.,
    WL 722238 07-22815-CIV  United States District Court, S.D. Florida,  March 18, 2009
  • Menchise v. Akerman Senterfitt,
    WL 2597046 07-13046  United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, July 02, 2008
  • Littell v. U.S.,
    WL 480891 8:99CV2808T17EAJ  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, March 11, 2002
  • Steffen v. Akerman Senterfitt,
    WL 3277894 804CV1693T24MSS  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, December 02, 2005
  • Kelly v. Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P.,
    WL 4054841 8:01CV1176T27MAP  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, November 17, 2004
  • Nova Information Systems, Inc. v. Greenwich Ins. Co.,
    WL 758987 03-10218  United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, April 09, 2004

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • AMIKids, Inc.
    • National Chairman
    • AMIKids-Tampa
      • Board of Trustees
      • Excellence in Governance Award (2013)
      • Excellence in Leadership Award (2010)
      • Excellence in Governance Award (2006)
  • UF Alumni Association
    • Law Alumni Council
          - President (2018-2019)
          - President-Elect (2017-2018)
    • Board of Directors

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society
  • The Florida Bar
    • Commission on Review of the Discipline System (appointed 2011)
    • Grievance Committee (Group 13E)
    • Professional Ethics Committee

Publications & Presentations

  • Right to Be Let Alone - Has the Adoption of Article I, Section 23 of the Florida Constitution, which Explicitly Provides for a State Right of Privacy, Resulted in Greater Privacy Protection for Florida Citizens? (Hon. Major B. Harding, et al). (2000). Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y, 14, 945.