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Zimmerman attorney was Casey Anthony commentator
Before neighborhood watch case, defense attorney Mark O'Mara commented on Casey Anthony trial
By The Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ' Mark O'Mara has a 27-year career as a Florida defense attorney, but handled few cases that made headlines beyond the state of Florida. Then he became a familiar face on television last summer as a legal expert in the Casey Anthony trial.

Now the spotlight will focus on O'Mara, the new defense attorney for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

O'Mara stood next to Zimmerman at a court appearance on Thursday, asking that certain records related to his case be sealed.

Attorneys described the 56-year-old O'Mara as self-effacing and reserved. When asked why he took the case, he said simply, "It's what I do."

O'Mara grew up in New York City and moved with his family to Florida after he graduated high school and his father retired.

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