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Six Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized for Legal Excellence by Chambers and Partners

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 […]

Six Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized for Legal Excellence by Chambers and Partners

Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead has been ranked among the top Florida law firms in Chambers USA 2017 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an annual publication by Chambers and Partners. The rankings include six of the firm’s attorneys in the categories of Tax and State and Local Taxation. The attorneys receiving the prestigious recognition include: […]

Homebuilders and Contractors Beware

Published: May 3rd, 2017

By: Michael J. Furbush Thomas P. Wert

Construction Defect Claims May Be Filed More Than Ten Years After Construction is Complete A statute of repose sets a firm deadline by which a lawsuit may be filed after the occurrence of a particular event. Once the statute expires, a prospective defendant is no longer exposed to legal action. Florida has a ten-year statute […]

15 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among Orlando’s Best Lawyers®

Published: March 31st, 2017

Fifteen Dean Mead Orlando attorneys were recognized in the annual Best Lawyers® of 2017 list, recently published in Orlando Magazine, April, 2017 issue. In addition, David J. Akins was recognized as the 2017 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando and Marc D. Chapman was named the 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer […]

When Do Disclaimer Clauses Bar Fraud Claims?

Published: February 14th, 2017

By: Darryl M. Bloodworth

When Do Disclaimer Clauses Bar Fraud Claims: Billington v. Ginn-La Pine Island, Ltd., 192 So.3d 77 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016) Background of Case The Plaintiff was an investor from the UK who had invested in Bobby Ginn developments previously. In the 2004-06 time frame, he bought two lots in Bella Collina, a high end development in Lake […]

Implementation of New Overtime Rules Put on Hold

Published: November 28th, 2016

By: Ciara C. Willis Nichole M. Mooney Melanie S. Griffin

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in Texas issued an order granting a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting implementation of the Department of Labor’s (the “DOL”) new overtime rules, which were scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016 and would affect approximately 4.2 million workers nationwide. As addressed in our prior article, the DOL finalized […]

Protecting Trade Secrets Under Florida’s Public Records Act

Published: October 21st, 2016

By: Brittany O. Finkbeiner John L. Wharton

Providing documents to a state agency often results in those documents, and the information they contain, becoming public record. However, applying for a permit or otherwise interacting with an arm of the state or a local government does not necessarily mean that information kept as confidential will become public, if the right steps to protect […]

Dean Mead Continues Growth with the Addition of Joey Naberhaus in Viera

Published: October 19th, 2016

By: Joseph K. Naberhaus

Viera, Fla. – Dean Mead, a business law firm with five offices across Florida, announced that Joseph “Joey” Naberhaus has joined its Viera office as Of Counsel in the Litigation department. He focuses his practice on matters involving trust and estate litigation, guardianships, commercial and business litigation, and real property disputes.  He also has significant […]

Dean Mead Continues Growth with Addition of Ciara Willis in Tampa

Published: September 30th, 2016

By: Ciara C. Willis

Tampa, FL – Dean Mead, a business law firm with five offices across Florida, announced that Ciara C. Willis has joined its Tampa office as Associate in the Litigation department. Willis focuses her practice in a variety of general commercial litigation matters, including contracts and business disputes, labor and employment matters, securities litigation and wills, trusts […]