William Townsend

Of Counsel
Dean Mead

Of Counsel with the law firm of Dean Mead, William D. Townsend practices in the areas of state and local taxation and multi-state taxation. He has represented clients in various states on issues in administrative and judicial actions relating to sales, corporate income, business and organization taxes and telecommunications taxes, as well as state taxation of intellectual property, electronic commerce taxation (E-commerce) and unclaimed property (escheat) issues.
     Additionally, Bill represents clients on legislative tax matters, including the taxation of computer services, corporate income tax issues and sales tax exemption matters. He has an extensive background in structuring business transactions to minimize state tax impacts. Bill has also assisted representing new businesses and expanding businesses in dealing with Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. He has also represented clients in dealings with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on matters dealing with liquor and tobacco issues.
     He has garnered an AV® Preeminent distinction, the highest available mark for professional excellence from Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings. Bill has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and listed in Chambers USA as a leading Tax lawyer in Florida from 2003 – 2013. He was also noted as a Recommended Lawyer in Domestic Tax in Florida from 2009 – 2011 by The Legal 500.
     From 2003 – 2009, he was noted as a “Florida Legal Elite” by Florida Trend Magazine, where he ranked in the top two percent of practicing Florida Bar Members. Bill also has been consecutively listed as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007.
     Prior to joining Dean Mead, Mr. Townsend has held positions with numerous law firms in Florida including Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooey PC, Fowler White Boggs, P.A., Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Steel Hector & Davis LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, and more.


J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law (1971)
B.A., Florida State University (1969)

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
2000 T.M., Florida Corporate Income Tax (author)