If Miami criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh has his way, he’ll soon be the new Nancy Grace ... or Dr. Drew.
Eiglarsh, 42, who runs the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh, has been appearing on television as a legal commentator for nearly 10 years, starting on local stations.
But his side career took off with the Casey Anthony trial, appearing at least once a day for months, on CNN’s Headline News, Fox News (with 14 Bill O’Reilly appearances) and the Dr. Drew show every night for the last week. He also does a weekly “Legal Lions” segment with Lis Wiehl on Fox News Radio.
Eiglarsh was a broadcast journalism major at the University of Florida. (His law degree is from Loyola University in New Orleans.) He started his law career as a prosecutor for Miami-Dade State Attorney Janet Reno. In private practice, he defended accused baby murderers and German tourist killers.
Eiglarsh’s goal is to score a role on a news gabfest like Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew or Greta Van Susteren with help from Howard Lapides, Dr. Drew’s manager. He’s willing to move to Los Angeles if he gets a news gig.
“I met (Lapides) while I was in the green room in Los Angeles waiting to go on Dr. Drew’s show,” Eiglarsh said. “He’s helping me now. We haven’t gotten to the point of pitching a show yet though.”
Until then, Eiglarsh will continue juggling his law practice with his “free” TV appearances and being a husband and father of three children under the age of 10.
“My main priority is serenity,” he said. “I meditate, I pray. My words come from a higher power.”