Regulated Industries

Our Regulated Industries team works with a variety of companies that are navigating complex regulatory systems governing alcoholic beverages, gaming, hemp, medical marijuana, and nicotine and tobacco products.

Our team has extensive experience working within these industries and helping companies and individuals navigate the regulatory requirements and legislative policies of each. With such a diverse team, Dean Mead draws experience from many different legal practice areas such as administrative law, government relations, real estate, business litigation, environmental law, land use, corporate law, and tax law.

Alcoholic Beverages

The alcoholic beverage industry is constantly undergoing innovation despite frequently being impacted by Prohibition-era laws and regulations. Dean Mead has experience with obtaining liquor licenses as well as the necessary zoning and tax approvals to place these licenses, bringing innovative products from concept to market, advising members of each of the three tiers on the impact of current statutory guidelines, proposed legislation, and agency rulemaking, reviewing and challenging tax audits and assessments, and lobbying the executive and legislative branches for positive outcomes for our clients.


Dean Mead’s gaming law practice focuses on gaming regulatory compliance and works with the combined capabilities of our corporate, governmental affairs, real estate, tax and finance, corporate, and intellectual property attorneys to counsel clients within and regarding the highly regulated gaming industry. Visit our gaming law page for more information.


Dean Mead’s attorneys and government relations professionals are at the forefront of Florida’s developing Hemp/CBD landscape. Through our interactions with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in obtaining licenses for our clients and our experience in the development of rules and regulations related to hemp in Florida, our team can assist with advising on business structures, product lines, and licensing requirements necessary to grow, process, distribute, or sell hemp products at retail throughout Florida.

Medical Marijuana

As Florida’s cannabis industry continues to grow, Dean Mead handles a wide variety of matters that impact the operations within this industry, from cultivation, processing, and final arrival to the medical marijuana dispensaries. Dean Mead’s robust experience in this area includes regulatory guidance, litigation strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and application guidance for the issuance of new licenses.

Nicotine and Tobacco Products

Dean Mead advises and represents a variety of clients in the nicotine and tobacco product sector, assisting with matters ranging from policy and taxation issues with large-scale, nationwide manufacturers to obtaining retail tobacco dealer permits for local brick-and-mortar businesses.  As consumer demands change, our team has remained at the forefront of nicotine and tobacco-related issues, providing guidance and other assistance to obtain desirable outcomes for our clients.

If you have any questions about legal representation within your highly regulated industry, please contact Daniel Russell, chair of our Regulated Industries Team.

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Regulated Industries Professionals