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Mark Rein Zimmerman

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 2 years
    Florida - FL 32 years
  • Licensed for 2 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2021
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1991
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Handles all criminal offenses including major felonies.

    33 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    Defense of DUI includes driver license issues through jury trials.

  3. Domestic violence
    Defends and prosecutes injunctions for protection against domestic, dating, sexual and repeat violence.

  4. Child abuse
    Handles dependency and termination of parental rights cases.

  5. Education
    Primarily defense of student disciplinary cases.

I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer since 1999 (only 5% of all Florida Lawyers are Board Certified).  Former member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commision.  My background also includes 9 years of extentive trial experience as a state prosecutor in Sarasota. I am a graduate of Cornell University and University of Florida College of Law.  

Married to my law partner, Laurie Zimmerman.  She is a personal injury attorney and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.  We own and practice in The Laurel Building on U.S. 301 in the histric Laurel Park district of downtown Sarasota.

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Zimmerman & Zimmerman P.A.
2055 Wood Street
suite 118
Sarasota, FL, 34237

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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2022
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An Extraordinary Attorney and Individual
I was more than a year into a highly complex case when I learned information that required me to replace my existing attorney. As difficult as that was, replacing my attorney with Mr. Zimmerman turned out to be an amazing gift. We worked very closely together for the next 6+ months against numerous significant obstacles and deadlines, and the more Mr. Zimmerman learned about, and helped discover, the detailed facts of the case... the more he came to not only believe in my innocence, but also relentlessly champion the drive to prove it. As he stated, there is a difference between being found "not guilty," and actually being "innocent"... and he didn’t just come to believe the latter was true, even more than that, he made it his MISSION to prove it was true -- as if the outcome deeply affected him personally (knowing that anything less would have profoundly life-altering negative consequences for my family and me). Indeed, he treated me, and tirelessly sought to protect me, as if I were a close friend or an extended family member (notwithstanding that we'd never met prior to this case, plus the fact that he initially had considerable skepticism about the case based on just the preliminary information). In summary, Mr. Zimmerman made extraordinary contributions and efforts in representing me that well-exceeded the high benchmarks normally associated with even the very best Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated, AVVO highly-rated, or SuperLawyer-rated attorneys (all of which he is). Moreover, it was crystal-clear over time that his collective efforts were not only a reflection of the extremely high professional standards he assigns to himself as an attorney... but also were a reflection of the high ethical and moral standards he assigns to himself as an individual. In my considerable experience, having such equally-high standards on both fronts is something that one rarely encounters. For all of these reasons and more, it is with genuinely great discretion that I give him the highest recommendation. If you find yourself in need of legal counsel, the wisest initial decision you can make is to call Mr. Zimmerman... speak directly to him... and engage him. You will not be able to find a more talented, or caring, or honorable advocate for your defense.
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Posted by Andrew | November 4, 2020
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Only the best
I'm so grateful I used this law firm. I own a glass company in Sarasota Florida that has become very successful, I stay so busy all the time, I had a girl hit me in my work truck and it almost cost me everything I had. Then I found these wonderful people who actually took the time out of their day to help me. They actually care about their clients and not just money. First I called Morgan and Morgan they are a joke! Zimmerman and Zimmerman is the only one, I will ever use again and I'm very grateful for everything they've done for me. If I could give them 20 stars I would!! They had everything done so fast it blew my mind! wolfedesignscustomglass
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Posted by Kay | May 8, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Mark is more than competent in any case that he encounters. Although our case was not a full win (due to various circumstances) Mark fought his tail off and did the absolute best he could. Despite our loss I would still recommend him to anyone that has a need. Very informative, kept communication the entire way and as stated before fought for my fiancee nail and foot. If you are questioning whether or not to hire Mark, don’t question anymore he is the lawyer for you.
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Posted by Jen | January 25, 2018
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Mark is a competent lawyer with excellent communication. He is very reassuring and honest. He helped me through one of the most difficult times in my life successfully and to say I am grateful would be an understatement. He is a pleasure to deal with and an asset to the community.
Posted by Jamie Nations | January 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was charged with domestic battery which led to a dependency case. Mr. Zimmerman was able to get domestic battery charge dropped and represented me throughout my dependency case that seemed to last an eternity. Without Mr. Zimmerman I would not have rights to my twin boys, for that I have nothing but gratitude and respect.
Posted by Blake | October 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Zimmerman fought for me, and he won! Highly recommended!
I have dealt with my fare share of attorneys in the past few years and i have to say Zimmerman was by far the best I've worked with. He kept us up to date with every step of the case, he did not sugar coat anything as other attorneys do to convince you to hire them. When I hired Mark I felt confident in my case from the start and Best of all i knew what to expect. Best of all he got by far best deal possible. Better than what was expected.. When you hire a attorney you want someone that is going to fight for you and keep you informed as well as be available. Mark Zimmerman is that attorney!
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Posted by Joe | July 31, 2015
So thankful!
Our family feels that Mr. Zimmerman negotiated a very good outcome for a complicated and stressful event in our lives. He was compassionate, efficient and responsive to all questions and concerns. Hope to not need his services in the future but would highly recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Nicolas | July 31, 2015
Amazing in every aspect!!
I was thrown head first into a mess to say the least, and Mr. Zimmerman came in and handled a severe case with ease. Always in contact, very persistent and crystal clear with the steps through and through. He did everything he said he was going to do and then some. I pray I never need an attorney again, but if I do.. He WILL be my first and only call.
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Posted by Kristin | July 31, 2015
Owe him more than money has to offer.
I highly recommend Mr. Zimmerman. Very straight forward and means business. Let's you know his comfort level and strategy throughout the whole process. And is willing to fight till the very end for your case. Totally worth every amount paid and if ever needing a lawyer in the future we will definitely be using him.
Posted by Stephanie | June 28, 2014
Oustanding Service
I am new to the area and a friend recommended Zimmerman and Zimmerman. I am extremely pleased with his work. All thru the process he kept me informed of the possible outcomes and provided excellent counsel. Hopefully I will not need an attorney again but when I do i will be using his services again.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2012
I met Mr. Zimmerman the morning of my hearing to have my Temporary Injunction against my husband extended until my divorce is final. He was professional, knowledgable and prepared. He had taken the time to review the case and the restraining order was extended. Without his help, I would be trying to go through my divorce with my husband living under the same roof which was not a good or safe situation. He is an incredible attorney and adds the element of caring to his professionalism. I would highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 1991 - 2000


  • Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1988
  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hansen v. Smith
  • The order was denied. We prevailed.


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2022
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Advocate of Justice Award
  • Legal Aid of Manasota
  • 2018
  • Jack Byers Memorial Award
  • Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (11)
Endorse Mark
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer! Mark has amazing insight and skills in both the criminal law and education law areas. We have referred clients back and forth over the past several years. Everyone I have sent his way has been very pleased with his level of competence as well as the outcome of their case. Mark has a rare blend of tenacity, compassion, and brilliance that work together to bring about the best possible results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I heartily endorse Mark Zimmerman. Mark's legal knowledge and reputation is without parallel and it is with complete confidence that I refer clients to benefit from his sage advice and effective representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark Zimmerman for nearly 20 years and have always found him to be a highly competent and very trustworthy hard working attorney. When any of my real estate clients require assistance in criminal defense, I can recommend Mark Zimmerman without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Mark and have seen him in action on several occasions. He is an excellent attorney who is respected by his peers and feared by his adversaries. I proudly endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Over the years, I have had the pleasure of observing Mark Zimmerman advocate for his clients. He is a zealous, passionate advocate in the areas of criminal, domestic violence, and school law. Mark’s knowledge of the law is extensive and he is always prepared to represent his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a tireless advocate for his clients and a highly skilled trial lawyer. He has devoted himself to protecting those accused of crimes. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending Mark 's services to anyone accused of a crime."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for several years and I have always admired his genuine compassion for his clients and how hard he fights for them. He is a tremendous attorney who is also very professional. He's very well liked amongst the fellow attorneys in town, the prosecutors and the Judges. He gives each case that he has 100% effort and he is never afraid to go to trial on any case now matter how high the stakes are. I highly recommend and endorse Mark Zimmerman, he is a fantastic attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mark is a hard working, honest, and friendly criminal defense attorney. He has a very good reputation in the local legal community and seems to have excellent working relationships with the State Attorney's Office and all the local Judges. In short, everyone likes him due to his friendly and honest nature. Accordingly, he seems to be able to fairly easily obtain favorable plea bargain deals for his criminal defense clients. Beyond that, he is an highly experienced and well-polished trial attorney who always seems to get very good results in the courtroom. In conclusion, I highly recommend this attorney."
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