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Marcus Hyatt, Sr. is a civil litigation attorney with a wide range of legal experience. He was born in Daytona Beach, Florida, and raised in Miami, Florida. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Barry University Law School in 2010 and became a member of the Florida Bar in 2011.
During law school, Marcus participated in mock trial. He competed as an advocate in 2008 at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Invitational Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition. Barry Law School was awarded as the top team in the national competition. He also competed in the 18th Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, assisting Barry Law School in winning a national championship.
After graduating from law school, Marcus served as an Assistant State Attorney in the 18th judicial circuit from 2011 until 2019. In this role, he handled felony trials in Circuit Court as the lead or assisting trial attorney. Marcus has tried numerous cases involving a wide range of felony offenses including sexual battery, drug trafficking and homicide.
He has worked as a first-party property insurance attorney for plaintiffs, where he has successfully handled motions, discovery, depositions, and trials. Additionally, Marcus has negotiated settlements with insurance companies on behalf of his clients.
After working as a prosecutor, Marcus served as a Police Officer and Detective for the Orlando Police Department from 2019-2023. As a detective, he was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. He conducted criminal investigations and responded to emergencies. Prior to being selected as a detective, Marcus served as the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Orlando Police Department. He was responsible for improving relationships between law enforcement and youth. As Youth Outreach Coordinator, he managed federal grants that helped provide community engagement opportunities between the police department and the community. He was a part of the Honor Guard and Crisis Negotiation Team.
Marcus has received several awards and recognitions throughout his career. In 2011, he was named Top DUI Prosecutor in Seminole County by the group MADD. He also achieved the distinction of Highest Achiever in the Police Academy in 2019.