Orlando, Fla. – Best Lawyers® released its list for The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. This year, there are 24 Dean Mead attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Dean Mead is pleased that the number of our lawyers who are honored continues to grow each year. Many are included for more than one area of law.

The Dean Mead 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
Michael J. Furbush Commercial Litigation
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
Brian Malec Trusts and Estates
Robert W. Mead, Jr. Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Corporate Law
Michael D. Minton Agriculture Law; Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Cari L. Roth Administration/Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Water Law
William D. Townsend Tax Law
Joseph (Jay) Van Heyde II Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA
Thomas P. Wert Litigation – Construction; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law


In addition, Marc D. Chapman was named the Best Lawyers 2019 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando. He also received this honor in 2017. “Lawyer of the Year” is given to a select group of individuals in large legal communities. Only one attorney per practice in each community is honored. Mr. Chapman is the president of Dean Mead and a shareholder in the 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.

Along with The Best Lawyers in America, Dean Mead and our attorneys have been recognized for other honors this year, including Chambers USA, Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.

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