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Two Dean Mead Attorneys and Three Governmental Relations Professionals featured in Florida Politics’ Influence Magazine

In the Fall 2021 edition of Florida Politics’ Influence Magazine, two Dean Mead Attorneys and three Governmental Relations Professionals were highlighted. In Briefings from the Rotunda on page 22, Jennifer Ungru is announced to be in charge of Dean Mead’s governmental relations and lobbying practice. Additionally, it covers that Dean Mead is expanding its practice […]

Dean Mead Successfully Leads State’s Defense in Methadone Litigation

Published: September 13th, 2021

By: William D. Hall, III

When the state of Florida faced litigation over its award of rights to open new methadone clinics, it turned to a Dean Mead regulatory attorney to defend its decisions. In the end, Dean Mead successfully defended every award at issue. This was a good example of how parties on both sides of disputes such as […]

How Early Legal Advice Can Make a Difference in Florida Procurement

Published: April 22nd, 2021

By: William D. Hall, III

Companies rush to get legal advice if they believe their bids for Florida procurement contracts were not reviewed fairly, but the most timely legal advice they can secure is early on when they prepare bid proposals. Front-end review of bid documents by lawyers familiar with state requests for proposals and invitations to negotiate may eliminate […]

Florida Proposed Corporate Income Tax “Piggyback” Legislation Reflects Complexities of State Conformity

Published: April 19th, 2021

By: Mark E. Holcomb H. French Brown, IV

In developing its annual corporate income tax “piggyback” bill, the Florida Legislature is considering the impact of conforming to 2020 federal tax changes adopted by Congress through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020[1] and Consolidated Appropriations Act.[2] Competing bills currently under consideration by the Senate (SB 7082, Amendment 763370) and […]

Florida Legislature Passes Significant Sales Tax Legislation

Published: April 12th, 2021

By: Mark E. Holcomb H. French Brown, IV

The Florida Legislature passed the most significant Florida tax legislation in recent memory on April 8, 2021. The bill will substantially benefit Florida businesses and taxpayers. As we previously reported, Senate Bill 50 will modernize Florida’s sales and use tax system to impose tax collection obligations on remote sellers and marketplace providers. In addition, anticipated […]

Florida Legislature: Remote Sales and Marketplace Legislation

Published: March 11th, 2021

By: H. French Brown, IV

On March 10th, the President of the Florida Senate and Speaker of the House outlined a plan to pass Senate Bill 50 and its companion, House Bill 15. Today, the Ways & Means Committee approved House Bill 15, including an amendment to eliminate a substantial reemployment tax increase that was set to go into place this year. […]

Florida Legislature Proposes Mandatory Combined Reporting for Florida’s Corporate Taxpayers, in Addition to a Corporate Income Tax Rate Increase in 2022

Published: February 28th, 2021

By: Mark E. Holcomb H. French Brown, IV

State Representative Fred Hawkins (Republican; St. Cloud) has filed House Bill 999 that would mandate multistate and multinational companies to file a single Florida corporate income tax return covering their entire business, rather than letting them file separate returns for subsidiaries. It’s a concept known as mandatory unitary combined reporting (MUCR). In its most simple […]

Gaming Industry Thought Leaders Gather Virtually to Examine Regulatory and Legal Challenges for Gaming

Published: November 17th, 2020

By: Marc W. Dunbar

Tallahassee, Florida – Dean Mead partner, Marc W. Dunbar, joined international gaming law thought leaders at the first International Masters of Gaming Law Virtual Conference November 10-12. “Now more than ever, as world economies, businesses and gambling operations everywhere are continue to navigate a global pandemic, it is important to convene experienced thought leaders and […]

Dean Mead Team Represents Department of Financial Services in Latest Victory

On September 24, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Department of Financial Services in a case involving questions of statutory interpretation and financial liability for the state in Barnett v. State of Florida, Department of Financial Services. Dean Mead attorneys Peter Dunbar, Marc Dunbar, Daniel Russell, and Will Hall represented the […]

Florida Department of Revenue Emergency Order Providing Limited Relief to Corporate Income Taxpayers: April 27, 2020

Published: April 28th, 2020

By: H. French Brown, IV

On March 26, 2020, the Florida Department of Revenue issued Emergency Orders delaying sales tax and property tax payments for some businesses. On April 6, 2020, Governor DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue to issue an Emergency Order suspending the state’s documentary stamp tax on notes and written obligations made pursuant to Title I of […]

The Florida Department of Revenue Seeks Legislation to Use Businesses’ Credit Card Data Against Them

Published: February 12th, 2020

By: H. French Brown, IV Angela Bonds

The Florida Department of Revenue is actively pursuing legislation to mandate payment settlement companies, such as banks and credit card companies, to annually report credit card and third-party sales transactions for all Florida businesses. The Department will then use this data to analyze any business’s tax collection, and to audit or levy assessments if the […]

Dan Russell Discusses Law and Policy of Marijuana in Florida

Published: January 24th, 2020

By: Daniel R. Russell

We are excited to highlight of counsel Daniel R. Russell as a panelist in the Federalist Society’s 2020 Florida Chapters Conference. The sixth annual conference will be held Friday, January 31 through Saturday, February 1 in Orlando at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Russell focuses his practice on civil and administrative litigation, government relations […]

Dan Russell in Orlando Business Journal on Full Marijuana Legalization

Published: January 15th, 2020

By: Daniel R. Russell

Dean Mead attorney Dan Russell’s interview with the Orlando Business Journal last week provided his viewpoint about the possibility of Florida legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020. Full legalization of marijuana would either have to be approved by a majority vote on the proposed amendment by voters or by the state’s legislature in a bill. When […]

Dan Russell Quoted in Tallahassee Democrat on Cannabis

Published: December 30th, 2019

By: Daniel R. Russell

Dan Russell in our Tallahassee office was quoted in the article entitled, ‘Green rush’ investors turn skittish in Florida as Supreme Court ruling could upend industry, published in the Tallahassee Democrat on December 10, 2019. Litigation issues in the cannabis industry has created uncertainty for the future of recreational marijuana. With Florida regulating hemp, investors […]