Judge Scott Makar

Judge 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 AwardBest 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.

Legal Offices & Positions:

  • 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).

Honors & Awards:

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).

Judicial & Bar Activities:

  • 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. 

Teaching Positions

  • 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 RightsAntitrust 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.

Articles & Publications:

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).

Chambers Staff:

Janaye Garrett, Law Clerk (Florida State University)
Abigail Pafford, Law Clerk (University of Florida)