Mark R. Caramanica


  • MA, University of Florida, 2003
  • JD, University of Florida, 2002
  • BA, University of Florida, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • Northern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • 5th Circuit
  • 11th Circuit


Mark R. Caramanica’s practice focuses on media law, intellectual property, and civil litigation. He has made his mark defending a free press, ensuring protections to journalists, and championing access to information. Mark currently practices out of the firm's Tampa office.

It is a daily privilege to help journalists keep the public informed. Be it through helping them gather news, protecting confidential information, or defending their right to publish, our firm is proud to stand with our clients & the First Amendment ideals they embody.

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.

  • 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 in Pennsylvania open records appeal by Department of Corrections regarding access to inmate injury records.
  • Tartell v. South Florida Sinus & Allergy Center, 790 F.3d 1253 (11th Cir. 2015). Convinced appellate court to reverse cybersquatting verdict and hold that plaintiff failed to establish trademark rights.
  • Bainter v. League of Women Voters of Florida, 150 So. 3d 1115 (Fla. 2014). Successfully represented national coalition of media parties in friend-of-the-court capacity seeking access to sealed evidence considered by trial court in determining whether state legislature’s redistricting plan was constitutional.
  • Participated in drafting and researching numerous friend-of-the-court briefs in high-profile cases affecting public access rights to government information, including: New York Times Co. 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).
  • Co-author, Florida Section: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ Open Courts Compendium (2015 update).
  • Co-author, Chapter: Public Access in High-Profile Cases, Media Law Resource Center Panic Book (2015 update).
  • Panelist, Combatting Excessive Fees for Obtaining Government Records, National Freedom of Information Coalition FOIA Summit (2014).
  • Co-author, Mug Shots on Lockdown: Government and Citizen Backlash to “Exploitation” Websites Surges, Free Speech is the Casualty, Communications Lawyer, American Bar Association, Vol. 30, No. 3 (June 2014).
  • Author, U.S. Supreme Court Limits Two Federal Freedom of Information Act Exemptions, In Separate Opinions, Grammar and Ordinary Meaning Rule as High Court Rejects Corporate “Personal Privacy” and “High 2,” Media Law Resource Center Media Law Letter (Mar. 2011).
  • Co-author, Anonymous Speakers and Confidential Sources: Using Shield Laws When They Overlap Online, 16 COMM. L. & POL’Y 89-125 (2011).
  • Author, Internet-Television, Peer-to-Peer Technology and Free Speech: Lessons from Web 1.0, 20 U. FLA. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y, 295 (2009).