Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead recently announced that 17 of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2017.  The attorneys who are recognized and their fields of practice are as follows:

Area of Practice Attorney Name
Agriculture Law Michael D. Minton
Bet-the-Company Litigation Darryl M. Bloodworth
Commercial Litigation Darryl M. Bloodworth

Melanie S. Griffin

Corporate Law Robert W. Mead, Jr.
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Robert W. Mead, Jr.

Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II

Land Use and Zoning Law Cari L. Roth
Litigation – ERISA Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II
Litigation – Real Estate Stephen J. Bozarth
Litigation – Trusts and Estates Marc D. Chapman

Lauren Y. Detzel

Non-profit / Charities Law Jane D. Callahan
Real Estate Law Vicki L. Berman

R. Mason Blake

Stephen J. Bozarth

Gregory K. Lawrence

Tax Law Jane D. Callahan

Lauren Y. Detzel

Charles H. Egerton

Stephen R. Looney

Michael D. Minton

William D. Townsend

Trusts and Estates David J. Akins

Lauren Y. Detzel


David J. Akins was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando. Akins is a shareholder in Dean Mead’s Orlando office. He provides representation in the area of personal wealth planning, with an emphasis on gift planning, charitable planning, estate planning, probate, and the administration of estates and trusts. A significant portion of his practice is related to planning for family-owned and closely held businesses.  He represents taxpayers in gift, estate and GST tax controversies with the IRS. Akins also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in disputes involving estates and trusts.

Marc D. Chapman was named the Best Lawyers® 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando. Chapman is the President of Dean Mead and a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including banking, construction, real estate, commercial landlord/tenant and probate litigation, as well as creditors’ rights, creditor bankruptcy litigation and non-compete/trade secret enforcement.

About Best Lawyers:

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About Dean Mead:

Dean Mead is a business law firm that provides full-service legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout Florida. The firm has 47 attorneys in multiple practice areas including: tax, estate and succession planning, business law, general commercial litigation, labor and employment, trust and estate litigation, copyrights and trademarks, government relations and lobbying, regulatory compliance, employee benefits, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate, leasing, finance and lending, environmental, land use, water law and eminent domain. For more information, please visit www.www.deanmead.com.

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