Lauren Detzel and David Akins Honored by Chambers HNW Guide 2019

Dean Mead announced today that Lauren Y. Detzel and David J. Akins have been ranked among the leading attorneys in Private Wealth Law by Chambers in its Chambers High Net Worth 2019 guide. Detzel ranks in the top tier in Florida in the Chambers HNW Private Wealth Law category, distinguished among only 10 attorneys at this level for the entire state. Additionally, Detzel is recognized as one of the top leaders in her field in the United States.

Akins was selected among his peers as outstanding for Private Wealth Law in Florida. Dean Mead also received high rankings for its overall Private Wealth legal capabilities throughout Florida.

London-based Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

From the HNW guide:

Dean Mead is said to be “very strong in Orlando with great clients within that region.” The firm provides comprehensive estate planning advice to wealthy families as well as fiduciaries, trust companies and financial institutions.

One lawyer says: “They can handle sophis­ticated international matters and do so very well. They have the experience to know how to handle delicate matters to the total satisfaction of the client.” Another source notes that “they are smart people and have strength in estate planning.”

Notable practitioners:

Florida attorneys laud Lauren Detzel as “really first-class” and highlight her “excellent reputation in the Orlando region.” She leads the firm’s estate and succession planning department and provides in-depth expertise in private client tax matters. “She has in-depth knowledge and also teaches. She is very active in the wider community and knows her stuff inside and out,” declares one lawyer. Another reports that “she is a superb lawyer who can handle complex matters. Her level of sophisti­cation is right up there and nothing can faze her.”

David Akins advises on a wide range of pri­vate wealth matters, including gift planning, charitable giving and estate administration. A peer reveals: “We worked together on matters and I like him a lot; he is a good team player and diligent. He comes with an excellent repu­tation and you can rely on him to do a good job.”

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The HNW guide covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorial about the leading professional advisers to wealthy individuals and families in each market. 

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