In 1980, eight attorneys established the commercial law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. in Orlando. 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. The majority of the founding partners including Mr. Mead, Mr. Egerton, Mr. Bloodworth, Mr. Bozarth and Ms. Detzel 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’s Tallahassee office opened on December 1, 2013. The Tallahassee office is home to six attorneys including Peter Dunbar, Martha Edenfield, John Wharton, Cari Roth, Bill Townsend and Brittany Finkbeiner. The 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, State and Federal Taxation, and Water Resources, Permitting and Regulation.
Dean Mead opened its Tampa office in 2015 marking the firm’s sixth location in Florida. Shareholder Melanie Griffin heads up this office conveniently located in downtown Tampa’s Wells Fargo city center. She represents businesses of all sizes and types in commercial disputes and litigation, as well as individuals and entities in trust and estate litigation. The work she performs ranges from simple breach of contract actions to complex commercial cases involving intellectual property issues, real estate actions, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, and substantive employment law issues such as harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
Dean Mead has provided legal representation to clients throughout Florida for nearly 36 years. Since its inception, the firm has grown to 50 lawyers with six offices statewide.