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First District Court of Appeal
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Tallahassee, Florida

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Judge Scott Makar





  • Born October 1959, in Mahopac, New York; Florida resident since 1969.

  • Married to Nancy Hogshead-Makar, three children.



  • Ph.D. (economics), University of Florida, 1993.

  • J.D. (upper 10%), University of Florida College of Law, 1987.

University of Florida Law Review

Gertrude Brick Law Review Award, Best Note, Fall 1985

University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Book Awards: Antitrust & Florida Constitutional Law

  • M.B.A. (finance), University of Florida, 1982.

  • M.A. (economics), University of Florida, 1982.

  • B.S. (mathematics & economics) (magna cum laude), Mercer University, 1980.

Member, Golf & Tennis Teams

  • Manatee High School, Bradenton, Florida 1977.



  • Judge, First District Court of Appeal (Appointed by Governor Rick Scott) (2012 to present).

  • Solicitor General, State of Florida, (2007-2011, appointed by Attorney General Bill McCollum) and (2011-2012, appointed by Attorney General Pam Bondi).

  • Chief, Appellate Division, Office of General Counsel, Consolidated City of Jacksonville, Florida (2001-2007).

  • Capital Partner/Partner/Associate/Summer Associate, Holland & Knight, Jacksonville, Tallahassee & Tampa offices (1986, 1987, 1989-2001).

  •  Judicial Clerk, Judge Thomas A. Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, Georgia (1988-89).

  • Legal Intern, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Transportation Section, Washington, D.C. (1985).



  • Member, American Law Institute (elected December 1999).

  • The Florida Bar: Founding Member & Executive Council, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section (1994-1997; member 1994-present). Past Member, Antitrust Committee, Franchise Committee, Media Law Committee, Health Care Law Committee; Judicial Administration, Selection and Tenure Committee; & Public Utilities Committee.

  • Chair, 2005-07; Chair-Elect 2003-04; & Member, Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Civil) (1995-2010).

  • Master Lawyer & Alumnus, William H. Stafford American Inn of Court (Tallahassee, Florida) (2007-present).

  • Master Lawyer, First District Appellate Inn of Court (Tallahassee, Florida). 2008-present.

  • Board of Directors, American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education (ALI-ABA) (2000-2003).

  • Jacksonville Bar Association/Tallahassee Bar Association.

  • Chair, Jacksonville Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section (2001-02); founding member (2000-present).

  • Member, Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1999.

  • Member, Governor’s Task Force on Capital Cases (appointed to 15 member group by Governor Jeb Bush on January 14, 2000).

  • Member, Florida Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court Historical Societies, Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, and Florida Historical Society.

  • CLE lecturer/articles on various constitutional law, antitrust, franchise, and civil rights topics.


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Law (2011-present). Courses/times taught: Appellate Law and Policy (5); Florida, The Constitution & The United States Supreme Court.

  • Richard W. Ervin Chair, FSU College of Law (2007-2011). Courses/times taught: Appellate Law and Policy (2); Judicial Opinion Writing; Florida, The Constitution & The United States Supreme Court; Famous Florida Trials; Amicus Briefs; Topics in Florida Constitutional Law;  & Solicitors General and Appellate Policy.

  • Adjunct Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law (2000-2007). Courses/times taught: Florida Constitutional Law (9); Florida, The Constitution & The United States Supreme Court (2); Education and the Constitution (2); Civil Rights; Antitrust Law; & Media Law and Ethics.

  • Adjunct Instructor, University of North Florida, Department of Communications and Visual Arts. Course: Ethics and Law of Communications (Spring 1999, Fall 1999, & Spring 2000).

  • Lecturer, Jacksonville University.  Course: Education and Constitutional Law (Summer 1995).

  • Adjunct Instructor, University of North Florida, Department of Political Science & Public Administration. Course: The United States Supreme Court and the Constitution (1993).

  • Adjunct Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida, College of Business Administration. Course/times taught: Legal Environment of Business. (1984-87)(6)/(1987-88)(2).

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Florida, College of Business Administration, Courses: Introductory Finance; Macroeconomics; & Microeconomics.




Law Reviews and Journals

  • Free Press in 1940s Florida: Pennekamp v. Florida, 42 J. SUP. CT. HISTORY 295  (Vol. 3 2017).

  • A Modest Proposal: Raise the Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age, 18 FLA. COASTAL l. Rev. 477 (2016.

  • Last Words on Recent Developments: Browning v. Florida Hometown Democracy, Inc.: A Case Study in Judicial Opinion Writing, 41 Stetson L. Rev. 477 (2012).

  • Reflections on Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 61 Syracuse Law Rev. 281(Fall 2010).

  • Tenth Anniversary of Florida’s Solicitor General: Introductory Remarks, 37 Florida State University Law Review 215 (Fall 2009).

  • Dedication: Chesterfield Smith, 15 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 1 (Fall 2003).

  • Son of Snyder: Municipal Annexations and Quasi-Judicial Proceedings, 1 Florida Coastal Law Journal 133 (Summer 1999) (with Michael L. Buckner).

  • Proverbially Speaking: Bad Apples, Philadelphia Lawyers, and Red Cows, 7 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 113 (1995), reprinted in 70 Florida Bar Journal 48 (January 1996).

  • The Essential Facility Doctrine and the Health Care Industry, 21 Florida State University Law Review 913 (1994).

  • Workers’ Compensation Group Self-Insurance Funds: Some Reform Proposals, 12 Journal of Insurance Regulation 57 (Fall 1993) (with Tom Jones and David Nye).

  • Antitrust Immunity Under Florida’s Certificate of Need Program, 19 Florida State University Law Review 149 (1991).

  • Antitrust and the State Action Doctrine: An Analysis of Recent Supreme Court and Eleventh Circuit Cases, 4 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 59 (1991).

  • The Structure of the Medical Malpractice Insurance Market: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It, 5 Yale Journal on Regulation 427 (1988) (with Roger Blair).

  • In Defense of Franchisors: The Law and Economics of Franchise Quality Assurance Mechanisms, 44 Villanova Law Review 721 (1988) (lead article).

  • “In the Ordinary Course of Business”: The Legal Limits of Workplace Wiretapping, 10 Hastings Journal of Communications & Entertainment Law 901 (1988) (lead article with Martha Barnett).

  • Attorney Advertising: The Case for Quality and Self‑Laudatory Claims, 37 University of Florida Law Review 969 (1985), reprinted as lead article in 35 Law Review Digest 4 (1986).

Other Articles

  • Litigious Students and Academic Disputes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, B20 (Nov. 8, 2002) (discussing trends in student litigation).

  • Litigating the Amount of Attorneys’ Fees: A Proposal For Reform, 73 Florida Bar Journal 16 (October 1999) (with Judge James C. Hauser).

  • In Praise of Older Judges: Raise the Mandatory Retirement Age?, 71 Florida Bar Journal 48 (April 1997).

  • Post-Judgment Motions For Attorneys’ Fees: Time For A Bright-Line Rule, 71 Florida Bar Journal 4 (February 1997) (lead article).

  • Geographic Information Systems: Legal and Policy Implications, 70 Florida Bar Journal 44 (November 1995) (with Michael R. Makar, Jr.), reprinted in 3 GIS Law 12 (1996).

  • Vanishing Precedent: Settlement Vacatur on Appeal, 69 Florida Bar Journal 18 (November 1994) (lead article & Sanders Award).

  • Local Government, Privatization, and Antitrust Immunity, 68 Florida Bar Journal 38 (April 1994).

  • Professionalism, Civility, and Aspirational Conduct, 68 Florida Bar Journal 14 (March 1994) (lead article with Ray Ehrlich).

  • Judicial Staff and Ethical Conduct, 66 Florida Bar Journal 10 (Nov. 1992) (lead article).

  • “Honey I Shrunk the First Amendment”: Free Speech on High School and University Campuses, 66 Florida Bar Journal 13 (June 1992) (lead article & Sanders Award), reprinted in 14 Children’s Legal Rights Journal 29 (Winter/Spring 1993).

  • Anticompetitive Actions in the Administrative Forum: Antitrust and State Law Remedies, 66 Florida Bar Journal 33 (Feb. 1992) (Sanders Award).






        U.S. Supreme Court, Cases Argued: Holland v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2549 (2010); Stop the Beach Renourishment Inc. v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 130 S. Ct. 2592 (2010); Sullivan v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2059 (2010); Graham v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2011 (2010); Florida Dep’t of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc., 128 S. Ct. 2326 (2008). Most cases (4) argued by a state solicitor general in a single term of the U.S. Supreme Court (2009 Term).

         Manager of the Year, Office of the Attorney General (2009); Distinguished Service Award, Office of the Attorney General (2010)

         Barbara W. Sanders Writing Competition Award (annual award for best legal writing), The Florida Bar, 1994-95 (1st Place); 1992-93 (2nd Place); 1991-92 (2nd Place).




         Rachael Jones, Law Clerk (University of Florida)

         Janaye Garrett, Law Clerk (Florida State University)

         Abigail Pafford, Law Clerk (University of Florida)





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