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Five Tips for Buying Commercial Property for Your Business

Published: February 14th, 2019

By: W. Lee Dobbins

Are you considering buying commercial property, so you can build a building for your business? Before you take that step and become a land developer, you need to do your due diligence. Here are five items that should be at, or close to, the top of your list of priorities: Zoning Do you know what […]

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Complying with Florida’s New Rent Tax Rate

Dean Mead Attorney Mark Holcomb
Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

The Florida Legislature reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate from 6% to 5.8% for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. This article guides commercial landlords and property managers in complying with that rate change.  While the reduced tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, it does not apply to other charges […]

The Florida Commercial Rent Tax: Four Traps for the Unwary

Dean Mead Attorney Robert Goldman
Published: March 28th, 2017

By: Robert S. Goldman

As the only American state with a sales tax on commercial rentals, Florida has a history of presenting businesses with unwelcome surprises in the form of audit assessments. What follows below is a summary of the top four misunderstandings that create taxpayer exposure. Tax base is broader than just “rent.” The measure of tax is […]

Landlords: During Lease Negotiations, Be Aware of Co-tenancy Provisions

Published: August 8th, 2016

It is becoming increasingly common for tenants, particularly retail tenants in shopping centers, to require the inclusion in their leases of provisions allowing the termination of the lease or modification of lease terms if another tenant of the shopping center fails to materialize or discontinues operation of their business. Usually such provisions relate to the […]

Felipe Guerrero Featured in El Sentinel

Published: February 21st, 2014

By: A. Felipe Guerrero

Dean Mead attorney, Felipe Guerrero, was featured in the February 17, 2014 edition of El Sentinel. A link to the article is here:,0,491821.story Article is translated here in English: He has his own story and a genuine concern for the rights of minorities which has led to Felipe Guerrero, a young Colombian lawyer, commercial litigator with […]

Vicki Berman Talks CREW and Mentoring in February’s i4 Business Magazine

Published: February 7th, 2014

By: Vicki L. Berman

Vicki Berman, shareholder in Dean Mead’s Real Estate department, authored a guest column entitled, “Mentoring – What Is It?” published in the February 2014 issue of i4 Business Magazine. The article focuses on the changing dynamics of mentoring programs in today’s corporate arena. It describes the proactive approach that organizations such as Commercial Real Estate for […]


Published: October 2nd, 2013

By: Vicki L. Berman

BAD BOYS OR GOOD GUYS  WHICH ARE YOU?  NEW ISSUES IN NON-RECOURSE CARVE-OUT GUARANTIES For a long time now, one of the chief attractions of CMBS financing has been the availability of non-recourse loans.  The exception to the general non-recourse nature of these loans has been the commission of certain bad acts by the borrowers […]

Dean Mead Hosts Commercial Leasing Seminars in Melbourne and Orlando this month

Published: September 9th, 2013

By: Vicki L. Berman R. Mason Blake Laura Minton Young

Dean Mead’s Real Estate Development Industry Team is pleased to present the “Commercial Leasing Seminar: Mastering the Art of Negotiation”.  At this year’s seminar, you’ll hear from leading industry attorneys as they describe unique challenges and opportunities afforded by today’s local and regional markets. You will gain insight into the viewpoints of the various parties […]