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Mark P. Rankin


Mark Rankin is a partner at Shutts & Bowen, where he represents clients throughout Florida and in federal courts around the country. Mr. Rankin is the Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime and Government Investigations Practice Group.  Mr. Rankin concentrates his practice in the area of white collar criminal defense and has represented doctors, pharmacists, realtors, accountants, business owners, other professional individuals, and business entities at all stages of the criminal justice process, including subpoenas, state and federal grand jury investigations, trial, and appeal.

Mr. Rankin primarily represents clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including Medicare and medical fraud, mortgage fraud, accounting fraud, health care investigations, money laundering, regulatory enforcement, SEC investigations, and internal investigations. Mr. Rankin has also handled hundreds of federal and state criminal cases involving narcotics, firearms, immigration, counterfeiting, RICO, DUI, and other areas of the state and federal criminal codes.

As a former Assistant Federal Public Defender, Mr. Rankin served as trial and appellate counsel to criminal defendants charged in a wide range of cases including fraud offenses, drug offenses, immigration matters, and firearms offenses.

He has successfully argued cases in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Federal Sentencing Guidelines and Civil and Criminal Damages," ABA 20th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, Miami, FL  (May 14, 2010).
  • Panelist, “Orange Jumpsuits Aren’t Flattering: The Expanding Threat of Criminal Liability for Lawyers,” 2009 Aon Large Law Firm Symposium, San Francisco, CA (October 15, 2009).
  • Moderator, “Chapter Three Adjustments,” 18th Annual Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar, Tampa, FL (May 21-22, 2009).
  • Panelist, “Avoiding Jail, Disbarment and Other Bad Consequences: What You Need to Know About Real Estate Collateral,” ABA Real Estate Financing Subcommittee, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX (April 2008).
  • Panelist, “Grouping and Firearms Offenses,” National Seminar on Federal Sentencing Guidelines (2004 & 2006).

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Instructor, White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson College of Law (2012 to present)

  • Chair, National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (2012-present)
  • Member, 2014 Class of Leadership St. Pete, a division of of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Tampa (2004)

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law (2004-2009)

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Middle District of Florida, Member (2006-present)
  • The Florida Bar Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court (2003-present)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2003-present)
    • Board of Directors (2007-2009)
    • White Collar Crime Committee
    • Co-Chair, Sentencing Committee (2009-2013)
  • Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2003-present)
    • Board of Directors (2006-2009, 2012-present)
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society’s SunScreen Film Festival, Board of Directors (2006)
  • Champion magazine, Advisory Board (2007-present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, ABA Criminal Litigation Newsletter (2007-2009)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chair of Criminal Law Section (2007-2013)
  • Northeast Park Neighborhood Association Board of Directors (2009-2011) Chair, Safe Streets Committee
  • Board of Directors, PARC (Pinellas Association for Retarded Children) (2009-2011)


  • Author, "U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Important Traffic Stop Case" (HCBA Lawyer Magazine) (December 2013)
  • Author, "It's Time to Rethink America's Rate of Incarceration" (The Tampa Tribune) (April 2013)
  • Co-Author, "Grid & Bear It.  Let the Seller Beware: Sentencing Entrapment and Manipulation in Federal Court" - The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 42 (August 2010).
  • Author, "Padilla: Supreme Court Requires Defense Counsel to Advise on Deportation" - HCBA Lawyer, (June 2010).
  • Author, “Supreme Court Examines Effect of Invocation of Counsel,” HCBA Lawyer at 22 (December 2009).
  • Author, “E Original: The Best Evidence Rule in Florida,” HCBA Lawyer at 20 (October 2009).
  • Author, “Rule 35(b) Meets Section 3553(a) - What Can a Federal Court Consider?” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 61 (September/October 2009).
  • Author, “Pardon Me: Jury Nullification in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit,” HCBA Lawyer at 22 (September 2009).
  • Author, “Crawford Extended: United States and Supreme Courts Expand Confrontation Clause Protections,” St. Petersburg Bar Association (2009).
  • Co-Author, “Parole’s Essential Role in Bailing out Our Nation’s Criminal Justice Systems,” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 47 (January 2009).
  • Co-Author, “Nobody Looks Good in Orange: Keeping Your Client and Yourself Out of Prison,” Business Law Today, at 43 (November/December 2008).
  • Author, “Informal Opinion: The Post-Booker World: Does the Ex Post Facto Clause Still Apply at Sentencing?” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 59 (October 2008).
  • Author, “Informal Opinion: Irizarry v. United States,” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 55 (September 2008).
  • Author, “Informal Opinion: Watson v. United States The Supreme Court Limits the “Use” Prong Of Section 924(c),” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 51 (March 2008).
  • Author, “Evidence Law Trumps the Fifth Amendment - Florida Rule of Evidence 806,” HCBA Lawyer at 20 (February 2008).
  • Co-Author, “Substantial Assistance - The Key to Freedom: Representing a Cooperating Defendant in Federal Court,” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 12 (July 2007).
  • Author, “Surprise, Surprise: Is Proper Notice Still Required for an Above-Guidelines Sentence in Federal Court?” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) (March 2007).
  • Co-Author, “Something Funny Happened On The Way To Discretionary Sentencing: Why A Presumption Of Reasonableness Violates The Holding of Booker,” Committee on Criminal Litigation, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 2007).
  • Co-Author, “Traps for the Unwary: Cross References and Guideline Sentencing,” The Champion (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) at 52 (September/October 2006).


  • Received ABA's Litigation Section Outstanding Service Award for 2007-2008
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Up & Comer 2007, 2008, & 2009; named in Criminal Law, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a Florida Rising Star, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Super Lawyer, 2013, 2014
  • Selected for inclusion, Best Lawyers in America, in Criminal Defense: White Collar and Non-White Collar, 2013, 2014, 2015


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. 1999
  • Old Dominion University, B.S. Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, 1996


  • Law Clerk, United States District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp, Southern District of Florida (2000-2001)
  • Law Clerk, United States Magistrate Judge Ann Vitunac, Southern District of Florida (1999-2000)

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • Delaware

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court