Marcos E. Hasbun
Marcos E. Hasbun focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex commercial litigation.
In his white collar defense practice, Marcos represents individuals and companies in investigations into allegations of fraud, public corruption, and criminal environmental matters.
Marcos also represents individuals and entities when government investigations escalate into criminal charges, or results in a civil suit filed by, or on behalf of, the government.
In the criminal arena, Marcos has defended individuals against allegations of health care fraud, government contracting fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, criminal environmental matters, and public corruption. In the civil arena, his representations have included defending individuals and entities against allegations that they violated the False Claims Act, litigating general commercial disputes and litigating Endangered Species Act citizen-suits. Marcos is also a federal mediator.
Throughout his career, Marcos has devoted substantial time to representing indigent defendants in pro bono matters. He has represented individuals who have challenged the severity of their sentences on appeal, who were charged with drug trafficking and firearm offenses, and who sought to obtain post-conviction DNA testing.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1998
- Georgetown University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1995
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- Member, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 2018
- Member, American Bar Association Task Force on College Due Process Rights and Victim Protections, 2017
- Co-Chair, Florida Region Subcommittee, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, 2010
- Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 13th Judicial Circuit (Chairman, 2006; Member, 2003-2005)
- Member, Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Law American Inns of Court, 2003-2015
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003-present
- Member, Hillsborough Bar Association, 2006-present
- Member, Federal Bar Association, 2007-present
- Member, American Bar Association, 2007-present
- Member, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Subcommittee for White Collar Crime, 2008
- Member, American Bar Association Florida Regional Subcommittee for White Collar Crime, 2008
- Criminal Justice Act Panel, Middle District of Florida, 2009-present
- Board Member Pinellas Association for Retarded Children, 2007-2016 (Chairman of the Board 2015)
- Board Member, Manasota Association for Retarded Children, 2009-2016
- Georgetown Alumni Club of Tampa (President, 2003-2007)
- Represents two drug wholesalers in defense of a federal civil RICO suit.
- Represents an animal rights organization in Endangered Species Act citizen-suits to protect endangered and threatened species in the custody of roadside zoos. In one case, after a six-day trial, client obtained an injunction permanently prohibiting a zoo from possessing any endangered or threatened species. In another case, after a two-day evidentiary hearing establishing a zoo’s egregious discovery violations, client obtained a default judgment and permanent injunction against zoo, dismissal of the zoo’s counterclaims with prejudice, and award of reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses for discovery violations the District Court described as “brazen” and “confounding.”
- Represents a company in an ongoing Lacey Act investigation.
- Defended an executive and former general counsel of a major public health care insurance company in connection with federal health care fraud charges. The indictment involved complex legal and accounting issues regarding the Florida Medicaid behavioral health care program. A related civil suit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged fraud, false filings, and related violations of the Securities Act.
- Represented a company in a criminal export control investigation and negotiated and obtained a non-prosecution agreement.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company alleged to have violated the False Claims Act by purportedly engaging in off-label marketing. Client obtained dismissal after a motion to dismiss. The decision was upheld on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied the whistleblower’s request for certiorari review.
- Represented a government contractor who received a target letter in connection with a criminal procurement fraud investigation relating to veteran-owned set-aside contracts and performed a counter-investigation that persuaded the government to decline filing criminal charges.
- Represented a laboratory in connection with alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and achieved a global resolution for the laboratory that resolved a False Claims Act suit, a parallel federal criminal investigation, and related administrative issues.
- Represented a medical device company and its principal in a federal False Claims Act suit filed by a qui tam relator. A former independent sales representative had alleged that the company fraudulently promoted the sale of a spinal decompression device, resulting in physicians submitting false claims for payment. The court dismissed the suit with prejudice.
- Represented a publicly traded company in a tortious interference lawsuit and client obtained fees and costs in the defense.
- Represented a former “Big Five” accountant in connection with a four-year joint FBI and IRS criminal investigation. Despite the IRS having authorized the filing of three separate felony charges, the Zuckerman Spaeder team negotiated a misdemeanor disposition that resulted in no jail-time.
- Represented the former CEO of a nonprofit organization in a three-week federal public corruption trial involving allegations of bribery, gratuity, wire fraud, conspiracy, and embezzlement.
- Represented an individual accused of selling abusive tax shelters and convinced the government not to criminally charge the firm’s client.
- Defended a major Washington, DC law firm in a $100 million federal legal malpractice suit. The plaintiff alleged that the firm misread Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensing requirements when drafting an option agreement related to the purchase of a television broadcast company. A federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of the firm’s client.
- Represented a pharmacy in connection with efforts to terminate the pharmacy’s Medicaid contract. After filing a federal lawsuit, the Agency for Health Care Administration withdrew its termination notice.
- Obtained a defense verdict for a company against a multimillion-dollar arbitration claim.
Super Lawyers (Florida)
2020 | Press release
Federal Court Grants Zuckerman Spaeder Client Release 48 Hours After ZS Motion, Before the Government Could File Its Opposition
May 19, 2020 | Press release
PETA Wins Bid To Force Private Fla. Zoo To Relocate Tigers
March 24, 2020 | In the news
Two more Dade City’s Wild Things tigers may soon move to forever sanctuary
Tampa Bay Times
January 10, 2020 | In the news
Roadside zoo in Md. must prepare to give up endangered animals after PETA sues
The Washington Post
December 02, 2019 | In the news
33 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2019 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder’s D.C. Office is Top-Ranked by Chambers for White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations; 3 Offices and 16 Attorneys Included in 2019 Rankings
April 29, 2019 | Press release
31 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 15, 2018 | Press release
Chambers USA Recognizes 13 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys in 2018 Rankings
May 10, 2018 | Press release
Web Search About Zoo No Cause For Recusal, Md. Judge Says
February 28, 2018 | In the news
Dade City’s Wild Things owner plotted tiger removal to defy judge, PETA claims
Tampa Bay Times
February 26, 2018 | In the news
Dade City’s Wild Things owner tests limits of federal court in PETA lawsuit
Tampa Bay Times
January 30, 2018 | In the news
Zoo Tries To Nix Judge In PETA Suit Over Animal Dwellings
January 26, 2018 | In the news
29 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Partner Mark Foster Named “Lawyer of the Year”
August 16, 2017 | Press release
Fla. Justices Question State Atty’s Stance In Capital Cases
July 28, 2017 | In the news
Fla. Gov., AG Say State Atty's Removal Not Unconstitutional
April 27, 2017 | In the news
Fla. High Court Won't Halt Cases After State Atty Removal
April 26, 2017 | In the news
Ex-Judges, Prosecutors Back Fla. State Atty Over Removal
April 21, 2017 | In the news
State Atty Asks Fla. High Court To Rule On Her Removal
April 13, 2017 | In the news
Fla. State Atty Sues Gov. Over Removal From Homicide Cases
April 12, 2017 | In the news
Due Process on Today’s Campus: Handling Title IX Abuse and Harassment cases
31st Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime
March 08, 2017 | Speaking Engagement
Did You Get the Memo? What the Yates Memo Means for Companies and Their Counsel
ABA Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
February 18, 2017 | Speaking Engagement
PETA alleges Dade City public zoo violated EndangeredSpecies Act
Legal News Line
October 21, 2016 | In the news
The Big Bang: Expanding Theories of Liability in Health Care Fraud Prosecutions and Quit Tam Actions
ABA Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute
September 08, 2016 | Speaking Engagement
30 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Three Partners Named "Lawyers of the Year"
August 15, 2016 | Press release
Rx for Defense: Protecting Healthcare Clients from Criminal Charges
NACDL's 11th Annual White Collar Seminar & Fall Board Meeting
October 22, 2015 | Speaking Engagement
32 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Three Partners Named "Lawyers of the Year"; Firm is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense
August 17, 2015 | Press release
32 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense
August 26, 2014 | Press release
27 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®; Firm Is Top-Listed Nationally for White Collar Criminal Defense and Two Partners Named “Lawyers of the Year”
August 15, 2013 | Press release
Marcos E. Hasbun Named PARC Community Volunteer of the Year for Providing Pro Bono Legal Counsel
October 16, 2012 | Press release
Community Volunteer of the Year, PARC, 2012
October 12, 2012 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP and 25 of Its Attorneys Recognized by 2013 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
October 01, 2012 | Press release
2016 | Press release
26 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 23, 2012 | Press release
21st Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association
May 23, 2012 | Speaking Engagement
Rising Star: Health Law, Law360, 2012
April 13, 2012 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Partner Marcos E. Hasbun Named “Rising Star” by Law360
March 27, 2012 | Press release
Rising Star: Zuckerman's Marcos Hasbun
March 16, 2012 | In the news
24 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Featured in Benchmark Litigation
November 16, 2011 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Partner Marcos E. Hasbun Named an "Up & Comer" by Tampa Bay Business Journal
October 14, 2011 | Press release
27 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
September 08, 2011 | Press release
Five Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Named “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend
July 01, 2011 | Press release
Up and Comer Award, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2011
April 13, 2011 | Press release
A War on Doctors?
January 07, 2011 | Publication
21 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Featured in Benchmark Litigation
November 03, 2010 | Press release
24 Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Attorneys Recognized in 2011 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 01, 2010 | Press release
Pain Management and Criminal Prosecution
Ultimate Medical Academy
June 18, 2010 | Speaking Engagement
Jack E. Fernandez and Marcos E. Hasbun Win False Claims Act Case for Solvay Pharmaceuticals
December 15, 2009 | Press release
14 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Honored in Benchmark Litigation
October 08, 2009 | Press release
22 Zuckerman Spaeder Attorneys Recognized in 2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 30, 2009 | Press release
Suit Against Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Client Axiom Worldwide Inc. Dismissed
May 28, 2009 | Press release
Pre-Sentencing Tips: Little Things that Can Make a Big Difference
ABA Criminal Justice Section Newsletter
January 31, 2009 | Publication
U.S. District Court Dismisses False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmacy Client
March 18, 2008 | Press release
Victory for National Nursing Home Chain in Medicaid Dispute
March 02, 2001 | Press release
Outlook for Natural Gas and Power Industries in Mexico
Natural Gas Industry Analysis
July 03, 2000 | Publication
Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Wins Pre-Trial Dismissal of High-Profile Criminal Charges Against the Church of Scientology
June 13, 2000 | Press release
Note: Nonrecourse Purchase Money Debt in Excess of Fair Market Value Disregarded for Purposes of Depreciation and Interest Deductions: Bergstrom v. United States
July 03, 1998 | Publication
2012 Rising Star: Health Law, Law360
2012 Community Volunteer of the Year, PARC
2011 Up and Comer Award, Tampa Bay Business Journal
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Florida)
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star (Florida)
The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense
Super Lawyers (Florida)