In 1989, Dean Mead opened its first office in Brevard County where Mason Blake and the firm began intensive work for the development of a new town in Brevard County known as Viera. In 1992, when Leonard Spielvogel and Paul Goldman joined the firm, a second Brevard County office was opened in Merritt Island. In 2003, those two offices were combined into one location in Viera, where the firm conducts business under the name Dean Mead.
Dean Mead worked closely alongside our client, agricultural company Duda & Co., throughout the establishment of the wholly-owned subsidiary, The Viera Company, to manage development of Viera and the company’s non-agricultural land holdings. Over the course of many years, we have maintained a strong working relationship with Duda. Dean Mead has invested in Viera since the beginning and is committed to its ongoing success. What was once open land on the company’s ranch has developed into the home of many of the county government’s buildings and flourished into a master planned community.
Space Coast Connections
The Space Coast, as Brevard County is commonly known, earned its name from the presence of the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where NASA, the military and commercial interests launch manned and unmanned rockets. The Space Coast is also home to Port Canaveral, Patrick Air Force Base and numerous aerospace and technology companies and defense contractors
The quality of life on the Space Coast is extraordinary where you’ll find some of Florida’s most pristine beaches and recreational fishing communities. The region offers a relaxed atmosphere for residents and tourists alike.
Giving Back to Our Community
Dean Mead is proud of its commitment and service to the Space Coast. Our lawyers support charitable and civic organizations within the area, as well as serving active roles in leadership positions.
One area, in particular, has been especially meaningful to the attorneys – the gift of an education. Earlier this year, the firm established The Dean Mead Scholarship at FIT for $100,000 which supports the Florida Institute of Technology in its mission to educate STEM students throughout Central Florida.
Dean Mead has been pleased to sponsor a variety of programs, including the Florida Tech Sporting Affair, which is the private university’s largest fundraising event and includes a golf tournament, $1 Million hole-in-one shootout, and the Chopper Dropper. Proceeds benefit athletic scholarships for its student athletes.
In addition to the firm’s monetary contributions, Dean Mead’s lawyers donate hundreds of hours to public service for the benefit of our community. We embrace the opportunity to take leadership roles on boards of many organizations throughout Brevard County and beyond.
Managing Shareholder Claudia Haines Jones is active in Brevard’s business community as General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast. In addition, she was honored as the recipient of the “2012 Outstanding Business Leader of the Year”, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology.Shareholder
Shareholder Mason Blake served as Chair of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast in 2007 and is a past director of the Melbourne Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Shareholder Laura Minton Young has provided ongoing leadership and support to the Junior League of South Brevard. The organization of women is committed to promoting volunteerism, and developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. She and the firm have made significant contributions to the annual Festival of Trees, a popular community fundraiser hosted by the Foosaner Art Museum.
Shareholder Rob Naberhaus is an active board member for Junior Achievement of the Space Coast and the Community Foundation of Brevard. He and his wife, Michelle Naberhaus, are co-chairing this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction in October, touted as the epicurean event of the year on Florida’s Space Coast.
Michelle Naberhaus recently joined Dean Mead’s Viera office as Of Counsel. In addition to her legal practice, she is an accomplished speaker, author, community volunteer and business leader. She serves on the board of directors for multiple organizations including The Haven for Children, Brevard Cultural Alliance, and the Women’s Business Center of the Florida Institute of Technology.
Kim Rezanka serves as legal counsel and a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Home Builders & Contractors Association of Brevard. Additionally, she has volunteered in several leadership positions and served on multiple boards for the Junior League of South Brevard, LEAD Brevard, Brevard County Bar Association, and the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast. Most recently, Ms. Rezanka was appointed to the State’s Commission on Ethics by the Governor.
Our attorneys and staff have also collected food for holidays, built houses with Habitat for Humanity, gathered toys and gifts for sheltered women and children, sponsored youth athletic teams, and provided funding for numerous programs aimed at improving the quality of life in our local community and throughout the state.