Marcio Valladares was born in Managua, Nicaragua and emigrated to the U.S. during Nicaragua’s civil war. He earned his J.D.,magna cum laude, from Florida State University. Marcio is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Marcio has a broad range of experience in the public and private sector. In the public sector, Marcio served two separate terms as a judicial law clerk to United States District Judge Steven D. Merryday for a total of five years, during which he conducted legal research and drafted orders in primarily civil matters, including qui tam actions. In addition, for two years, he served as a judicial law clerk to United States Circuit Judge Susan H. Black, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
For five years, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, for three years having served in the Civil Division representing the United States in civil matters, including qui tam actions and investigations. Marcio also has professional experience in the private sector, having worked as in-house counsel for the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, in addition to practicing commercial litigation and insurance defense at nationally recognized firm Holland & Knight LLP.