Mark Ornstein is a native of New York, New York, but grew up in Orlando, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1983. He went on to receive his law degree from University of Florida in 1986.
Mark has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1987 and is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating) for ethical standards and legal ability. He is also a member of the Federal Bar in the Middle District and Southern District of Florida, the Northern District of California, and a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. He has practiced in front of administrative tribunals and state agencies throughout the United States.
Mark has returned to Bass Sox and Mercer after serving as General Counsel to the Van Tuyl Companies where he concentrated on motor vehicle dealership issues, as well as, residential home development, commercial real estate development, mergers and acquisitions both in the automotive space as well as outside the automotive space and managed all litigation matters.
Prior to joining Bass Sox Mercer as a partner, Mark was a named partner in two different law firms, where he led the firms’ automotive sections, while emphasizing the representation of motor vehicle dealers. His practice includes the representation of business clients on a broad range of matters including business formation and operations, legal compliance, structuring and restructuring corporations and limited liability companies, mergers, acquisitions and/or sale of business entities, franchise law, administrative law, business planning, as well as commercial transactional law, and complex business litigation.
Mark’s legal experience is wide ranging, but having previously owned both new and used automotive dealerships, acted as General Counsel and having acted as a general manager of dealerships, he is particularly adept at representing motor vehicle dealers in franchise matters, new business formation and structuring, operational and training matters, legal compliance, employment law, acquisition and sale transactions, and financial arrangements for franchised automotive dealers, motorcycle dealers and watercraft dealers, as well as independent used vehicle dealers, and myriad of vendors serving the automotive industry. His firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day operations of dealerships sets him apart from others in the field.
Mark represents his clients in all phases of negotiations, closings, administrative hearings, mediations, arbitration, and litigation. He is well versed in representing them in navigating all phases of the licensing requirements of local, county, state and federal governmental agencies. His litigation experience includes State and federal courts in Florida and throughout the United States. Mark is a member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel.
Practice Areas: Mark provides outside General Counsel services to dealerships across the United States. Mark’s practice includes Mergers and Acquisition, Automotive Dealership Law, business transactions, contract negotiations, Corporate and Business Law.
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