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Part III: Passive Activity Loss Limitation and Real Estate Professional Tax Rules

Published: June 21st, 2017

By: Stephen R. Looney

In Part III of the series, we continue to look at the passive activity loss limitation rules to clarify what constitutes a real estate professional for the purpose of rental property losses. In Part I and Part II of this series, the court found the taxpayers did not qualify as real estate professionals. However, Zarrinnegar […]

31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School

Join us at the 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School being hosted by the Florida Chamber Foundation. July 18-21, 2017 Location: Harbor Beach Marriott Address: 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 USA | View Map Booth # 306 The following sessions feature some of Dean Mead’s attorneys as speakers: Weds., July 19, 2017:  8:30 A.M. – 10:10 A.M. […]

Businesses Can Protect Consultant Identities as Trade Secrets

Published: June 16th, 2017

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner John L. Wharton

In a recent case argued by the authors of this article, Surterra v. Florida Department of Health, the First District Court of Appeal held that the identifying information of consultants can be considered a trade secret under section 812.081(1)(c), Florida Statutes, if the required factual predicate is established. Under the statute, the owner of the […]

19 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers

Published: June 15th, 2017

Orlando, Fla. – Florida Super Lawyers recently announced that 19 Dean Mead attorneys have been named to the publication’s annual list of top-ranked lawyers including three attorneys who are selected as rising stars in Florida for 2017.  No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Lauren Y. Detzel, Chair of […]

Mark Holcomb: the tax attorney who saved the day for Expedia

Published: June 15th, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb

Dean Mead attorney, Mark Holcomb, is featured in the June 2017 edition of Super Lawyers magazine. The article titled,  “Mark Holcomb: the tax attorney who saved the day for Expedia”, describes how the Tallahassee based SALT lawyer successfully defended online travel companies through the Florida Supreme Court in litigation filed by multiple counties claiming unpaid […]

Florida Legislature Clarifies Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose for Construction Defect Claims

Published: June 15th, 2017

By: Michael J. Furbush Thomas P. Wert

On June 14, 2017, Governor Scott signed CS/CS/HB 377 into law. The bill amends the statute of limitations and the statute of repose for actions founded on the design, planning, or construction of an improvement to real property. This includes lawsuits involving a construction defect. Under the prior version of the statute, the 4-year statute […]

Melanie Griffin Speaks at The Florida Bar YLD Diversity Symposium

Published: June 15th, 2017

By: Melanie S. Griffin

The Florida Bar Young Lawyers’ Division Annual Diversity Symposium takes place on June 16, 2017 at the Stetson Tampa Law Center. Dean Mead shareholder, Melanie Griffin, is a panelist on the topic, Diversity in Bar Leadership.

Melanie Griffin Chairs 67th Annual Florida Bar Convention

Published: June 14th, 2017

By: Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie Griffin, Managing Shareholder in Dean Mead’s Tampa office, is the Convention Chair for The Florida Bar’s 67th Annual Convention taking place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, June 21-24, 2017. Griffin is featured on the cover of the June 1, 2017 edition of The Florida Bar News. In addition, to help promote this year’s convention […]