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 I was born in Seattle, WA, but grew up in Atlanta.  I went to high school and college in Atlanta. In high school I was on the football team, started as a defensive lineman, on the wrestling team and the track team. I was not a big fan of running but wanted to stay in shape for my other sports. I did high jump and pole vaulted my senior year. I also an active Boy Scout doing community service, camping, and served as a Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. For my Eagle Scout Project, I and several volunteers build a picnic area for the church that sponsored my Troop. The Picnic area is now used by the Sunday school kids and church members. 

        I graduated from Emory University with a political science degree and a minor in history.  I played rugby all 4 years and served as co-president my senior year.  I was also in a fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. I was very active with my fraternity and served on the judicial board and I served as the alumni chair. During college I started working in the restaurant industry. during this experience I learned alot about dealing with customers and solving customer related problems when I was a manager.  I learned how customer service is key to having good relations with clients and how you need good core beliefs to drive your business.  Those core values of putting a focus on customer service and working hard to provide the best service to your clients I have carried over into my law practice today.

      After college I took a year off knowing the amount of studying I would be doing in law school. I applied and got into several schools but choose to go to St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. While in Law School I was on Law Review and the Mock Trial team.   On the Mock Trial Team I was an executive officer my 3rd year and went to four competitions. In Law School I also did an internship at the State Attorney's Office in Broward County. Most internships were for about three months but I stayed for three months. By the end of those six months I had run my whole division while my attorney was gone and had my supervisor just sat in the corner as i ran the docket each day. I also tried seven cases, gave plea offers and argued motions.  

       After graduating from law school, I started studying for the bar the next day, literally, my first review class was the next day. After spending my whole summer studding, I passed the bar the first time. I moved up to the Orlando area and started working in the Seminole County State Attorney's Office. I then worked in the Public Defender's office in Orange County. I then got an offer to work for a private firm. After working there for a few years I then left to go into private practice and then I joined with Finebloom, Haenel, and Higgins.  As a prosecutor, Public Defender, and Private Attorney I have handled cases from simple traffic tickets up to 1st degree felonies, 100's of DUI cases, and1000's of Trafic tickets. I have been doing Family Law for over 3 years and have handled over 50 cases related to Family law.

      For hobbies I am a big sports fan. I really enjoy College and Pro football, the Falcons is my pro team. I also enjoy Fly Fishing and have fished in Florida, Alaska, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. I also enjoy movies


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 5%



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  • Frederick William Trabold III

    I co-counseled trials with Mark when we worked at the public defender's office. What makes him a great attorney is that he takes his time with his clients to answer their questions and he is always prepared in court. I endorse Mark Bakay.


    Frederick Trabold Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • David Ashley Haenel

    Mark is a very good lawyer with a great grasp of the system. He is not afraid to try cases if the state's offer is unreasonable. I have worked with Mark for years and I don't hesitate to send him cases because I know he will defend them vigorously.


    David Haenel Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

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Law Office of Mark Bakay

2431 Aloma Ave. Ste 254
Winter Park, FL, 32792


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Member of Law ReviewSt. Thomas University School of Law2003
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyFinebloom & Haenel, PA2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Mark Bakay2010 - Present
Associate AttorneyThe Ticket Clinic2008 - 2010
AttorneyPublic Defender's Office, Orlando, Fl2006 - 2008
AttorneyState Attorney's Office2005 - 2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Thomas UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Emory UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A