Former Experience & Background
In over 30 years of practicing law, Mark Horwitz has done everything from
prosecute the last Vietnam War draft dodger tried in Orlando to defending
the inventor of Nautilus sports equipment against criminal tax charges.
That breadth of experience is reflected in Horwitz's private practice,
where he specializes in white-collar defense cases.
His reputation in the legal community resulted in his selection to the
American College of Trial Lawyers, which is widely considered to be the
premier professional organization in America for trial lawyers.
Horwitz began his career as an in-house assistant counsel for the Deltona
Corporation, a major land developer in South Florida, after graduating
with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1972 and
passing the Bar the same year. He also began eight years of service in
the United States Army Reserve, eventually obtaining the rank of captain.
In 1973, Horwitz became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle
District of Florida, working primarily in Orlando, during which time he
administered the Vietnam Amnesty Program in the Orlando Division of the
United States Attorney's Office. He defended the United States in
civil actions and prosecuted federal criminal offenses, including mail
and wire fraud, tax evasion, healthcare fraud, kidnapping, and environmental
crimes, as well as the final draft dodger case. Horwitz also prosecuted
the murder of the Post Master of the Gotha Post Office, which at the time
was the only murder case ever tried in federal court in Orlando.
Horwitz opened his private practice in 1983 as a defense attorney emphasizing
white-collar defense in cases involving mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax
evasion. He has defended many clients charged with criminal tax violations
including: the inventor of Nautilus sports equipment, a senior vice-president
of E.F. Hutton and many small- and medium-size business owners. With regard
to healthcare fraud, Horwitz has represented doctors, billing companies
and employees of major hospital corporations.
His clients have included architects, accountants, lawyers, doctors, officers
of major corporations, major international corporations, as well as small-
and medium-size business owners.
Horwitz has dealt with expert witnesses on numerous occasions. He has lectured
to lawyers on dealing with expert witnesses and his cross-examination
of an accountant was included as a supplement to the book
Criminal Trial Techniques Volume 3, Chapter 65E, published by Thomson West.
Horwitz has lectured at seminars on subjects such as, money laundering,
cross examinations, expert witnesses, sentencing and other matters related
to criminal law. In addition, he served as a member of the Florida Supreme
Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases from 1995
to 2003. Attorneys and Judges are appointed to this committee by the Supreme
Court of the State of Florida. The committee, comprising judges and lawyers,
is responsible for drafting the jury instructions for criminal cases.
With three decades of legal experience behind him, and notoriety among
his peers, Horwitz is looking forward to many more years in his flourishing
downtown Orlando practice.