Mariko’s Practice focuses on:
Mariko Shitama Outman represents clients in a wide range of commercial matters in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level. Mariko’s focus at the trial level is on legal issues, motions practice, preservation of error, and jury instructions. She has handled all aspects of appeals, including development of issues and arguments for appeal, jurisdictional briefing, merits briefing, and oral argument.
Mariko previously served as a law clerk on Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal to the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd, who served on the court for twenty-seven years.
Mariko is also very active in pro bono matters. She is committed to advocating on behalf of indigent criminal defendants and for equal access to justice. Her note on the unconstitutionality of life without parole for juveniles convicted of felony murder was published during law school by the Florida Law Review and was cited in a decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court. Mariko clerked for the Equal Justice Initiative during law school, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision abolishing mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles in Miller v. Alabama, a case argued and won by the Equal Justice Initiative. She continues to represent pro bono clients on this issue and others. She recently obtained the reversal of two life sentences for a client who was convicted of felony murder as a juvenile.