Mark Richard Caramanica



Mark is a partner in Tampa who focuses on media law, intellectual property, and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mark was an attorney at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the nation's leading legal advocacy non-profit organization serving free press and First Amendment interests. In that role, he specialized in freedom of information, access, and intellectual property issues. Prior to that, he practiced commercial litigation in New York City where he represented foreign and domestic corporate clients in multi-million dollar disputes.Mark also served as director of the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, where he taught upper division classes in media and telecommunications law. He is a frequent speaker at journalism and media conferences and has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Pro Publica. He has also appeared on NPR and On the Media.During law school, he worked in the sports department of the Gainesville Sun.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Trademark, Copyright & Domain Name Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813-252-1336  Phone
813-984-3060  Phone
813-984-3070  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., with honors, 1998; University of Florida, M.A., 2003
Law School Attended:
University of Florida, J.D., with distinction, 2002
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; 2003, New York; 2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; Florida
Hillsborough County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Florida Bar Association.
Birth Information:
Smithtown, New York, July 25, 1977
Reported Cases:
Department of Corrections v. Amanda St. Hilaire and ABC 27 News, 128 A.3d 859 (Pa.Commw. Ct. 2015). Successfully represented television news station and reporter inPennsylvania open records appeal by Department of Corrections regarding access to inmateinjury records.Tartell v. South Florida Sinus & Allergy Center, 790 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. 2015). Convincedappellate court to reverse cybersquatting verdict and hold that plaintiff failed to establishtrademark rights.Bainter v. League of Women Voters of Florida, 150 So. 3d 1115 (Fla. 2014). Successfullyrepresented national coalition of media parties in friend-of-the-court capacity seeking accessto sealed evidence considered by trial court in determining whether state legislature'sredistricting plan was constitutional.Participated in drafting and researching numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in high-profilecases affecting public access rights to government information, including: New York TimesCo. v. Dept. of Justice, 752 F.3d 123 (2d Cir. 2014), superseded by 756 F.3d 100;Asgeirsson v. Abbot, 696 F.3d 454 (5th Cir. 2012); Project Vote/Voting for America, Inc. v.Long, 682 F.2d 331 (4th Cir. 2012); Nevada Comm'n on Ethics v. Carrigan, 564 U.S. 117(2011); Milner v. Dep't of the Navy, 562 U.S. 562 (2011); FCC v. AT&T, Inc., 562 U.S. 397(2011).

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