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 Law
Vicki L. Berman Real Estate Law
R. Mason Blake Real Estate Law
Darryl M. Bloodworth Bet-the-Company Litigation;  Commercial Litigation
Stephen J. Bozarth Real Estate Law;  Litigation – Real Estate
Jane D. Callahan Non-profit/Charities Law;  Tax Law
Marc D. Chapman Litigation – Trusts and Estates;  Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation – Construction
Lauren Y. Detzel Tax Law;  Litigation – Trusts and Estates;  Trusts and Estates
Martha J. Edenfield Government Relations
Charles H. Egerton Tax Law
Robert S. Goldman Tax Law;  Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Melanie S. Griffin Commercial Litigation
Mark E. Holcomb Tax Law;  Corporate Law;  Litigation and Controversy – Tax
Gregory K. Lawrence Real Estate Law
Stephen R. Looney Tax Law
Robert W. Mead, Jr. Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law;  Corporate Law
Michael D. Minton Tax Law;  Agriculture Law
Cari L. Roth Administration;  Regulatory Law;  Water Law;  Land Use and Zoning Law
William D. Townsend Tax Law
Joseph (Jay) Van Heyde II Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law;  Litigation – ERISA
Thomas P. Wert Litigation – Construction;  Commercial Litigation


Cari L. Roth has been named the Best Lawyers® 2018 Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee. Roth is a shareholder in Dean Mead’s Government Relations and Lobbying practice group. She has 34 years of public and private sector legal and legislative experience and is a recognized leader in government relations and environmental and land use law. Her broad knowledge of state government and the people in it, combined with her attention to detail and bottom line approach to solving client problems makes her an effective advocate in the halls of government.  Her legal and legislative practice focuses on state and local government issues, including land use, water and environmental law, growth management and infrastructure issues, and intergovernmental relations. She also has significant experience in special district law and local legislation. Roth was also recognized by Best Lawyers in 2013 with the distinction of Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee.

Joseph (Jay) Van Heyde II has been named as the ERISA Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando by Best Lawyers® 2018. He also received this honor in 2013, and again in 2015. He represents a wide variety of clients with respect to their tax qualified retirement plans, including ESOPs, 401(k) and defined benefit pension plans, non-qualified plans of deferred compensation, stock option and other equity based compensation plans, health and welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, COBRA health care continuation coverage compliance, and other employee fringe benefit matters.

Van Heyde is a nationally recognized expert in the formation of ESOPs and their use in business succession and estate planning, having spoken across the country at conferences of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. In addition to his employee benefits expertise, Van Heyde represents a significant number of Central Florida based companies with respect to their general corporate matters, including the preparation and review of their employment agreements, termination and severance agreements, shareholder agreements, stock and asset purchase agreements and general corporate compliance documentation.

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