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Marcos Beaton, Jr., is a former assistant public defender skilled in case preparation and day-to-day management of criminal cases. With hundreds of criminal cases and numerous trials under his belt from his days at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, he now specializes in complex criminal matters in both federal and state courts.
Recently named a Florida Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star,” Mr. Beaton joined the firm as an Associate in our criminal practice group in 2004. He has earned a reputation for being a meticulous lawyer and outstanding trial advocate. He was named Partner in 2011.
- Presently representing a Miami plastic surgeon charged with the attempted murder and kidnapping of his ex-girldriend which supposedly occurred because of a Facebook posting she made. Click here for news items regarding the case.
- Authored and filed an appellate brief on behalf of a client serving prison time after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed for re-sentencing. At re-sentencing, Beaton convinced the District Court to reduce the client's sentence to the equivalent of time served, and the client was released immediately.
- Obtained a dismissal for a client in a state case involving several felony charges, including burglary and grand theft, despite the prosecution’s video evidence.
- Together with firm Partner Howard Srebnick, successfully negotiated a resolution to a federal insurance fraud case with multiple defendants and an alleged loss in excess of $7 million. The client was only required to pay a fine.
- Persuaded District Court to impose a significantly reduced sentence in a federal drug case involving multi-ton quantities of marijuana after convincing prosecutors to waive minimum mandatory sentence and to waive arguments seeking an enhanced sentence.
- Persuaded the government to dismiss a two-count indictment charging client with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The client was arrested after an undercover operation by the FBI, during which the FBI gathered audio and video evidence.
- Worked on a securities fraud case, which involved over a million documents, over one hundred witnesses, and which included witnesses and documents in foreign countries. Mr. Beaton co-tried the 12-week trial with partner Howard Srebnick.
- Tried an almost week-long domestic violence case with partner Mark Shapiro, which resulted in a 15-minute not guilty verdict for a prominent South Florida businessman and philanthropist.
- Represented a client in a large federal pharmaceutical diversion case, which included allegations of money laundering. Early in the case, the government had suggested a 5- to 7-year plea deal. However, through a presentation that included mitigating factual and legal arguments, Mr. Beaton was able to negotiate a resolution where the client pleaded guilty to Misprision of a Felony and was sentenced to 24 months' probation.
- Working on one of the largest charged financial crimes involving derivatives in the Southern District of New York to date, Mr. Beaton was responsible for identifying and interviewing potential witnesses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as working with defense expert witnesses. He worked with jury consultants to develop juror questionnaires and voir dire strategies. Mr. Beaton drafted over 140 trial subpoenas, and managed the resulting voluminous production and legal issues. He assisted in preparing opening and closing presentations, as well as preparing lead counsel for cross examination of several government and defense witnesses.
- Obtained the release of a client who had been facing no less than 30 years in prison for a Georgia parole violation predicated on a Florida state felony case where he was facing 13 years. Through diligent efforts, all cases and counts were dismissed
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Beaton worked at the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, where he handled several hundred cases ranging from misdemeanor and juvenile matters to first-degree felonies carrying potential life sentences.
While in law school, Mr. Beaton served as a certified legal intern at the Gainesville Public Defender's Office where, as a student, he was entrusted with an attorney's caseload and responsibilities in a misdemeanor division. By the time he left Gainesville, Mr. Beaton had tried several misdemeanor and felony cases.
Mr. Beaton’s experience with our firm also started early. He began working here as a college student in 1995, clerked at the firm during law school, served as a paralegal for one year after college graduation and, finally, joined as an Associate in 2004
Mr. Beaton co-teaches Advanced Criminal Evidence with Roy Black at the University of Miami School of Law.
Awards and Recognition
- "Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer," Florida Trend, 2011-2012
- “Rising Star,” Florida Super Lawyers – 2009-2012
- "Up & Comer," South Florida Legal Guide, 2013
- "Top 40 Under 40” Outstanding Lawyers, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2012
- Miami-Dade College Legal Assisting Program, Advisory Board (2007– Present)
- Alliance for Aging, Board of Directors (2004 – 2007)
- Research assistant to nationally-renowned criminal law scholar Jerold Israel, co-author of the treatise Criminal Procedure (2 ed. 2001)
- MPLE Scholar – full scholarship to the University of Florida Levin College of Law
- Florida, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2005
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2004
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter (Board of Directors)
- Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
- Cuban-American Bar Association
- American Bar Association