Dean Mead attorneys have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Jack Bovay, one of north central Florida’s prominent tax and estate planning attorneys. He formally joined Dean Mead on January 1, 2011 when we opened our fourth office in Gainesville. Mr. Bovay serves as managing shareholder for the Gainesville office, which operates under the name Dean, Mead & Bovay.
Recently, two seasoned Gainesville litigation lawyers joined the Gainesville office including 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. He has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent lawyer for 30 consecutive years, as well as Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend magazine Florida’s Legal Elite, and other peer rated services.
In addition, Jennifer Lester recently joined the Gainesville office. 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.
Richard Withers rounds out the Gainesville legal team. He represents businesses and entrepreneurs in all types of business and tax matters, including choice of entity, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and other general business matters. He also counsels clients in the areas of estate planning and business succession planning.
Gator Coast Connections
Many of us commonly refer to north central Florida as the Gator Coast. Since several of our lawyers earned their law degrees from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, we were excited by the unique opportunity to go back to our roots and establish the Dean Mead footprint in the Gainesville community.
The firm’s connections with the University of Florida continue to grow every year. A number of our lawyers have served as adjunct professors at the law school. Three years ago, the firm developed a partnership with the University of Florida Levin College of Law to teach a new course aimed at third-year law students with an interest in business law. Using a team-based, interactive approach, students learned how to advise entrepreneurs on the legal complexities of a start-up business.
The university and the business community have done an extraordinary job in paving the way for Florida’s entrepreneurs. Our firm supports the University of Florida Innovation Hub, the UF Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and CEO to help new companies flourish.
Today, Dean Mead is one of the only law firms in Alachua County strategically positioned to help these companies grow as a result of our full-service, corporate approach to provide legal counsel in practice areas such as finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, commercial litigation, tax, estate and succession planning, health law, and employee benefits. The key benefit to our clients is access – to nearly 50 attorneys with unique experience and statewide business relationships.
Giving Back to Our Community
Dean, Mead & Bovay is proud of its commitment and service to the local community through civic organizations and pro bono legal work. Our attorneys not only support charitable organizations within the area, but also take an active role in leadership positions.
One key area of focus for the firm’s outreach involves our continuous support of the University of Florida at various levels. Dean Mead has made hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law for the past 25 years. Gifts have included an endowed scholarship, book awards and several eminent scholar chairs. Last year, shareholder Michael Minton made a pledge of $100,000 toward the Michael D. Minton and Mary P. Minton Scholarship in Law to assist students graduating from the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences who want to pursue a law degree, and if desired, their LL.M. in Tax.
Managing Shareholder, Jack Bovay, has lived and worked in Gainesville for many years and is deeply invested in contributing to the success of the local business and academic communities. Presently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida Law Center Association. He led the firm’s partnership with UF’s College of Law to pioneer a new course aimed at third-year law students with an interest in assisting entrepreneurs to navigate the complex areas of business law.
Mr. Bovay also serves as a Trustee of the Washington and Lee University Alumni Board in Lexington, Virginia. He is a member of the Southeast Tissue Alliance, an organization that promotes tissue donation and works throughout the community to increase awareness, educate health professionals and further donation-related research. In addition, Mr. Bovay was a past chair of the Gainesville Alliance for Economic Development and the past president of the Gainesville Country Club.
Ms. Lester is the immediate past president of the North Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates and past president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Lester is a certified Guardian Ad Litem. She has performed pro bono services for the Eighth Circuit Court Guardian Ad Litem program in Alachua County.
Attorney Richard Withers is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville, a program designed to identify, educate and develop leadership skills for all participants. In addition, Mr. Withers is on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club and the Justice Teaching Group.