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22 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America 2018

Published: September 8th, 2017

By: Cari L. Roth Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II

While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, every business expects rivals to keep hands off its trademarks. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and an earlier ruling by the trial court in the same case send a mixed message for trademark holders, said David P. Hathaway, […]

22 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America 2018

Published: September 8th, 2017

By: Cari L. Roth Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II

Best Lawyers® 2018 Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead recently announced that 22 lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2018.  The attorneys who are recognized in their fields of practice are as follows: Name of Lawyer Practice Area(s) for Recognition David J. Akins Tax Law;  Trusts and Estates David P. Barker Real Estate […]

Dean Mead Partners with St. Lucie Chamber and EDC to Host Legislative Luncheon

Published: June 30th, 2017

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Dean Mead is pleased to sponsor the upcoming “Legislative Update Luncheon” on Monday, July 24, 2017.  The location is Club Talavera at Verano in Port St. Lucie.  The list of legislators who are participating in the panel discussion are as follows: Senator Joe Negron  (confirmed) Senator Jack Latvala (confirmed) Representative Gayle Harrell  (confirmed) Representative Erin […]

Eleven Dean Mead Attorneys Honored as 2017 Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine

Orlando, Fla. – Eleven Dean Mead attorneys have been recognized among Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2017. The list appears in the July 2017 edition of the publication. This year Mark E. Holcomb is inducted into The Legal Elite Hall of Fame joining fellow members, Darryl M. Bloodworth, Lauren Y. Detzel and Peter M. Dunbar among the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parent Company Merger Does Not Bar Enforcement of Restrictive Covenant

Published: June 14th, 2017

By: Michael J. Furbush Nichole M. Mooney

A restrictive covenant is an agreement that limits an employee’s right to compete against his or her former employer. Under Florida’s non-compete statute, section 542.335, Florida Statutes, a restrictive covenant may be enforced by the employer’s successors only if the agreement expressly authorizes it. This creates a possible defense to enforcement any time there is […]

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: […]