Attorneys Robert Griscti and Jennifer Lester expand the firm’s Litigation practice in North Central Florida
Gainesville, Fla. – Dean, Mead & Bovay, a Florida-based corporate law firm, announced today that prominent attorneys Robert Griscti and Jennifer Lester have joined the firm’s Gainesville office. Griscti and Lester each serve as Of Counsel, mutually overseeing the office’s business litigation practice. Griscti’s practice focuses on the areas of appellate law, professional licensing, government investigations, civil litigation and regulatory compliance while Lester’s practice involves commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death and fiduciary proceedings.
“Rob and I first collaborated on a matter in the 1980’s and he has been my go to guy for corporate compliance issues ever since. And Jennifer’s arrival fulfills my long held goal of having a top-flight fiduciary litigator in our office. To be able to go to work every day with two people of their integrity, experience and intellect will be a treat,” said Jack Bovay, managing shareholder of Dean Mead’s Gainesville office. “We’re the only firm in North Central Florida – specifically the Gainesville area – that can truly offer full service to corporate clients. Meeting this demand and adapting to the local business community’s needs, including the exciting Innovation Gainesville effort, is Dean Mead’s primary goal.”
Griscti has more than 30 years of experience practicing in cases of national and statewide interest in corporate compliance and integrity, government investigations, white-collar law, criminal defense, asset forfeiture, appeals, regulatory and administrative law, and related civil matters. He represents clients in proceedings before The Florida Bar, the Florida Board of Medicine, and other licensing agencies and has appeared on behalf of administrators, faculty and students in disciplinary, career, tenure, and related matters at universities, colleges and schools.
As lead counsel, Griscti’s work has been related to civil or regulatory cases stemming from criminal or regulatory investigations, which are usually financial in nature. Griscti’s practice parlays well into Dean Mead’s well-rounded corporate experience as there are usually civil, tax or other business law issues involved that require a full service team to successfully resolve them.
“Dean Mead has an excellent reputation and Jennifer and I are thrilled to be part of its statewide and local legal team,” said Griscti. “We are truly honored to join Jack Bovay and Richard Withers, longtime residents and highly regarded tax and business lawyers, in their dedication to serving this community at Dean Mead, the first statewide law firm to establish a strong presence in North Central Florida.”
Lester is a board certified civil trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, and has an AV peer review rating through Martindale Hubbell. Just one percent of Florida’s 95,000 lawyers are board-certified in civil trial law. Additionally, She is the immediate past president of the North Florida Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates. Prior to joining Dean Mead, Lester practiced at Dell Graham P.A. in Gainesville for 11 years.
Griscti has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent lawyer for more than 25 consecutive years, as well as Best Lawyers of America, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite, and other peer rated directories. In addition, Griscti served as the president and national delegate of the Federal Bar Association’s North Central Florida Chapter and Chair of The Florida Bar’s statewide Federal Practice Committee.
Griscti earned his law degree in 1979 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1976. In 1992, Lester earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1989.
“A collective 50 years of experience, broad legal expertise and local roots truly make Griscti and Lester of inestimable value to our clients,” said Bovay. “Hiring homegrown attorneys who are invested in the local community is right in line with the firm’s strategic plan for growth within the Gainesville area and Alachua County.”
About Dean Mead:
Dean Mead is a corporate law firm that provides full-service legal representation to businesses and individuals throughout Florida. The firm has 47 attorneys in multiple practice areas including: tax, estate and succession planning, business law, general commercial litigation, appellate law, professional licensing, government investigations, regulatory compliance, employee benefits, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and health law. For more information, please visit http://www.deanmead.com <http://www.deanmead.com/> .