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 a lot 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 six 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. As a prosecutor, Public Defender, and Private Attorney I have handled cases from simple traffic tickets up to 1st degree felonies and criminal law, 100’s of DUI cases, and 1000’s of Traffic tickets. I have been doing Family Law for over 4 years and have handled over 50 cases related to Family law.
About The Law Office Of Mark Bakay
With over 10 years of experience, The Law Office Of Mark Bakay is the trusted attorney in Winter Park, Florida for a wide variety of legal issues. Specializing as a: criminal defense attorney, family law attorney, and traffic ticket attorney in Central Florida, Winter Park, FL, The Law Office Of Mark Bakay will work hard to support my clients, no matter the situation at hand.
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