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Mediation Tips from David Hathaway

Published: January 17th, 2020

By: David P. Hathaway

A common thread in all litigation matters in Florida is that they will go to mediation before they go to trial. David Hathaway, Chair of the Litigation Department, offers a few tips to help litigants and their counsel get the most out of their mediation day. To view the video, please click here. For more […]

Eleventh Circuit Decision Highlights the Importance of Specificity in Licensing Agreements

Published: October 16th, 2019

By: David P. Hathaway

When a contract isn’t prepared carefully, the parties to the contract may discover when things go wrong that what they agreed to is not what they thought they were getting. This is especially true with intellectual property, such as a trademark. David P. Hathaway, Chair of Dean Mead’s Litigation Department, cautions business owners entering into […]

Supreme Court Rules Ban on Scandalous Trademark Registrations Violates Free Speech

Published: August 27th, 2019

By: David P. Hathaway

There is little question that controversial product branding can set a company apart from the competition. It creates a buzz and causes people to take notice. Whether that buzz is sustainable over time is another question altogether, but the fact remains that the marketplace is constantly searching for the perfect mixture of branding that both […]

Dean Mead Welcomes New Associate to Orlando Office

Published: September 12th, 2018

By: Amy L. Judkins

Amy L. Judkins joined Dean Mead’s Orlando office as an associate in the Litigation department. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Dean Mead, Judkins was a judicial clerk for The Honorable Paul G. Byron, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida, and she was a judicial intern for […]

School Shootings Prompt Reexamination of Internet Freedom

Published: July 25th, 2018

By: David P. Hathaway

One common thread that runs through the horrific acts of violence in schools, workplaces, nightclubs and other public places seen in recent years is that the disturbed individuals who commit mass shootings often leave a digital trail warning of their intentions. A Dean Mead attorney cautions that there is growing sentiment to force internet and […]

Recent Court Decisions Offer Conflicting Guidance on Trademarks

Published: February 2nd, 2018

By: David P. Hathaway

While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, every business expects rivals to keep hands off its trademarks. A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and an earlier ruling by the trial court in the same case send a mixed message for trademark holders, said David P. Hathaway, […]

Businesses Can Protect Consultant Identities as Trade Secrets

Published: June 16th, 2017

By: John L. Wharton Brittany O. Finkbeiner

In a recent case argued by the authors of this article, Surterra v. Florida Department of Health, the First District Court of Appeal held that the identifying information of consultants can be considered a trade secret under section 812.081(1)(c), Florida Statutes, if the required factual predicate is established. Under the statute, the owner of the […]

19 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized by Florida Super Lawyers

Published: June 15th, 2017

Orlando, Fla. – Florida Super Lawyers recently announced that 19 Dean Mead attorneys have been named to the publication’s annual list of top-ranked lawyers including three attorneys who are selected as rising stars in Florida for 2017.  No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Lauren Y. Detzel, Chair of […]

David Hathaway on Drones, Technology and Patent Laws in OBJ

Published: February 15th, 2017

By: David P. Hathaway

Dean Mead shareholder, David P. Hathaway, is quoted in the Orlando Business Journal‘s technology series on drone surveillance. Part one, Drone lawyer: Disney idea could inspire other industries, was published in the Orlando Business Journal, February 10, 2017 online edition. Part 2,  Buzz kill: Local attorney shares laws, tech ahead that could halt drone surveillance, was published […]

18 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among 2016 Super Lawyers

Published: June 24th, 2016

Orlando, Fla. – The publication Florida Super Lawyers has named 18 Dean Mead attorneys to their annual list of top-ranked lawyers and three Dean Mead attorneys as rising stars in Florida for 2016. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Lauren Y. Detzel, Shareholder, is named among the ‘Top […]