Attorney Mark T. Conan
Mark Conan. Esq. is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) in Potsdam, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. He moved to Florida after graduation from Syracuse University College of Law in 1994. He was hired by the Public Defender’s Office for the 18th Judicial Circuit in and for Seminole County, Florida. Mark spent over two years in that position as an assistant public defender and was distinguished for the high amount of jury trials in both misdemeanor and felony divisions.
Upon leaving Seminole County in 1997, Mark was offered a position in Osceola County’s Public Defender’s Office, where Mark specialized in the defense of domestic violence cases. The cases that Mark was assigned had one of many domestic issues: assault, battery, child abuse, aggravated child abuse, and/or child neglect. Working for the public defender’s office, he was able to obtain invaluable experience in criminal trial practice. While in the domestic violence division, Mark was highly praised for obtaining a Not Guilty verdict in a well-publicized child abuse trial where the State called on several expert witnesses.
In the years that followed, Mark served as an Assistant Public Defender and was moved to various felony dockets throughout Osceola and Orange County. After six years, Mark went into private practice in the year 2000. Mark was a founding partner in the Law Office of Adams and Conan, P.A. While there, he worked primarily in criminal defense. His clients included federal agents and Signature Pharmacy employees. In 2006, Mark was awarded by the State of Florida a Certificate naming him Board Certified as an expert in Criminal Trial Law. A lawyer must be lead counsel on numerous jury trials, pass an exam showing proficiency in both state and federal law, and pass a peer review. Less than 1% of all attorneys are Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.
In 2009, Mark left his prior firm and chose to start a law practice dedicated exclusively to criminal law. The Law Office of Conan and Herman, P.A. was thus founded in September 2009.
Attorney J. Scott Herman
Attorney J. Scott Herman, Esq. was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He attended Jesuit High School, a private Catholic preparatory school, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received an academic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. While an undergraduate, Scott was involved in numerous on-campus organizations and as a senior, was selected as the 1998 Homecoming Chief of Florida State, a school with over 30,000 students.
After college, he continued his education at Florida State University by attending its College of Law. While in law school, Scott attained a highly competitive Summer Judicial Clerkship within the Sixth Judicial Circuit. During his time as a judicial clerk, Scott helped answer post-conviction motions for the Circuit Court Judges while doing research on complex trial questions. It was during that time while observing court proceedings that Scott realized he wanted to practice criminal law upon graduation.
Once he graduated from law school in 2002, Scott was offered a position as an Assistant State Attorney in the 9th Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida. In his first year, Scott was assigned to prosecute misdemeanor, traffic, domestic violence, and DUI offenses. Later, he was promoted to a felony division and spent over two years working with law enforcement to prosecute all types of crime. During his time with the office, Scott worked alongside special investigation detectives and task forces to prosecute his assigned cases.
In 2005, Scott left the State Attorney’s Office and devoted his time to criminal defense. This practice has since grown to include traffic infractions and injunction cases. Scott has now practiced in over a dozen Florida counties. In September 2009, Scott partnered with attorney Mark Conan in founding an exclusive criminal defense firm, creating Conan & Herman, P.A.