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Remote Employees’ Access to Servers Strengthens Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements

Published: December 22nd, 2018

By: Thomas P. Wert

Remote Employees’ Access to Servers Strengthens Enforcement of Noncompete Agreements It is a rare business that doesn’t have at least a few employees working remotely, often in another state or even across the globe. But when a telecommuting relationship sours and ends up in court, where can the lawsuit be filed – in the company’s […]

Dean Mead Offers Our Support and Gratitude This Holiday Season

Published: December 18th, 2018

It’s through the spirit of community we find resilience to overcome life’s greatest challenges. We all have been deeply moved by the images of Hurricane Michael – the strongest storm to ever hit Florida’s Panhandle. Thousands of people were devastated by the storm’s fury and entire towns are banding together to recover from this catastrophic […]

Dean Mead Participates in 2018 Florida Opportunity Zones Conference

Published: December 18th, 2018

By: Stephen R. Looney Michael D. Minton

The firm is pleased to provide support to the first Florida Opportunity Zones Conference. Steve Looney, Dean Mead tax attorney and chair of the firm’s Tax and Corporate Department, is also presenting at an event seminar, “Understanding Rules & Regulations for Opportunity Funds.” He recently wrote about the topic in the informative article “Qualified Opportunity Zones […]

Challenging Property Tax Assessments in Court

Dean Mead Attorney French Brown
Published: December 13th, 2018

By: H. French Brown, IV Mark E. Holcomb

In prior posts, we have described the Value Adjustment Board (“VAB”) process and identified factors for taxpayers to consider in evaluating that administrative remedy. We have touched upon, but not explored in depth, another remedy that is provided for property taxpayers in Florida, namely, the judicial remedy. Unlike the situation in many other states, a […]

Dean Mead Joins Community Vision to Celebrate with a Holiday Classic

Published: December 11th, 2018

By: Anna H. Long

Community Vision celebrated the holidays with their supporters during a showing of Miracle on 34th Street at Osceola Arts on November 29. Along with the presentation of the must-see holiday classic, there was a festive reception and a silent auction to support the organization and its mission. The celebration was a great way to get […]

Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019

Published: December 5th, 2018

By: Vicki L. Berman Mark E. Holcomb

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Florida’s Rent Tax Rate Reduced (Again) for 2019 The Florida Legislature has, again, reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. Local option (county) surtax rates, however, are not affected. While the reduced state tax rate applies to commercial rental […]

i4 Business Honors Karen Keene as Social Entrepreneur Business Leader of the Year

Published: December 5th, 2018

Karen Keene, director of marketing at Dean Mead, has been chosen by i4 Business as one of its 2018 Business Leaders of the Year. Keene receives the distinction of Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her years of contribution to ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership. She also serves as the group’s president. About her commitment to […]

Florida Supreme Court Limits Exclusion of Expert Witnesses

Published: November 30th, 2018

By: Michael J. Furbush

A recent Florida Supreme Court decision regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony is expected to benefit plaintiffs and put more disputed science in front of juries. Florida’s high court has rebuked the Legislature’s attempt to level the playing field by subjecting expert witnesses to additional scrutiny before their testimony can be presented to juries. […]