In 1980, eight attorneys established the business law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. The founders were Stephen T. Dean, Robert W. Mead, Jr., Charles H. Egerton, Darryl M. Bloodworth, Albert D. Capouano, Stephen J. Bozarth, Lauren Y. Detzel and Lynn J. Hinson. With the exception of Mr. Dean, who passed away in August 2000, the founding partners remain active leaders in the firm today.
In 1987, Dean Mead attorney Michael D. Minton returned to his hometown of Fort Pierce to open an office in what is known as Florida’s Treasure Coast region. The office has expanded to represent a diverse client base from Palm Beach County to Indian River County and conducts business under the name Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer.
In 1989, Dean Mead opened its initial office in Brevard County, as R. Mason Blake and other firm attorneys began intensive work on the new town of Viera. This was followed by the establishment of Dean Mead’s Merritt Island office in 1992. In 2003, those offices were combined into one location in Viera, where the firm conducts business under the name Dean Mead.
Dean Mead opened an office in Gainesville on January 1, 2011 by joining forces with Mr. Jack Bovay, a tax, corporate and estate planning attorney. Operating under the name Dean, Mead & Bovay, Mr. Bovay formally joined our firm to serve as the Managing Shareholder of the Gainesville office. Mr. Bovay is joined by Mr. Robert Griscti who has practiced for more than 30 years in corporate regulatory compliance, government investigations, white collar law, professional licensing and discipline, and related civil and criminal litigation and appeals. In addition, Jennifer Lester joined the Gainesville office last year. She is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice involves commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and fiduciary proceedings.
Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office opened on December 1, 2013 marking the firm’s fifth office in Florida. The Tallahassee office is home to four attorneys including Peter Dunbar, Martha Edenfield, John Wharton, and Ashley Gault. The new Tallahassee-based Government Relations, Lobbying and & Administrative Law team advises businesses and public sector clients on a wide range of services including: Administrative Law, Agri-business Regulation and Permitting, Commercial Litigation, Government Regulations and Legislative Advocacy, Land Use and Environmental Law, Professional Licensure Defense, Real Property and Condominium Law, Utility Law and Regulation, and Water Resources, Permitting and Regulation. Expanding our statewide footprint to Tallahassee was the key to Dean Mead’s 2014 strategic growth plan. The benefit to our clients is a dedicated team of attorneys who offer a unique understanding of government policy and access to the key decision-makers.
Dean Mead has provided legal representation to clients throughout Florida for 34 years. Since its inception, the firm has over 50 lawyers and is now well known under our abbreviated name, Dean Mead.