L. Wean currently is "of counsel" to Wean &
Malchow, P.A., a law firm established in 1995. He is now limiting
his practice to mediating disputes for other parties. A native
of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Wean is a former partner in
the Massachusetts firm of Shocket & Dockser (1980 -1987)
and the former managing shareholder of the Central Florida
offices of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. (1987 -1995). He left
that law firm to open his own practice.
at Boston University (College of Liberal Arts, B.A. cum laude,
1974) and Western New England College School of Law (Law Review
Senior Staff, Juris Doctor, 1978), Mr. Wean has a broad spectrum
of practical legal experience. From commercial transactional
work to civil litigation, from bankruptcy to representation
of community associations, he has successfully represented
banks, developers, individuals and businesses. Mr. Wean has
hosted a high-level Chinese trade delegation's visit to Central
Florida and his handling of litigation at the request of the
Anti-Defamation League was featured in a promotional video
for that organization.
was admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
in 1978 and in the State of Florida in 1987. He is also admitted
to practice before the U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts
and the Middle District of Florida and before the United States
Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has been approved
by the Ninth Judicial Circuit to serve as a civil arbitrator
and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit
court civil mediator.
He has been
a frequent contributor to several publications of interest
to community association members and has lectured on the national,
state and local levels. He has also authored a law review
article for Nova University Law Review on developments in
community association law and he is a member of the Community
Association (C.A.I.) and the Space Coast Condominiums Association
in Brevard County. He has been annually recertified by the
State of Florida to teach continuing legal education to licensed
community association managers.
is a firm believer in volunteerism and community service.
In January, 1996 he was appointed to the Florida Legislative
Alliance, a state-wide arm of C.A.I. with a mission to influence
legislation for the benefit of the community association industry.
He is its past Legislative Committee Chairman, responsible
for overseeing its annual legislative agenda, and also served
two terms as Chairman of the Alliance.
October, 2005 Tom Lee, President of the Florida Senate appointed Mr.
Wean to a two year term on the Advisory Council on Condominiums,
created in October, 2004 by Section 718.50151, Florida Statutes.
2006 Paul was appointed by the Orange County Board of County
Commissioners to the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission,
serving a two year term as a District One Commissioner on
behalf of then Orange County Commissioner Teresa Jacobs. In
October, 2010 he was appointed to Orange County's Development
Advisory Board, and in January, 2011 to the Orange County
Animal Services Advisory Board, which he chaired for two years,
and where he worked for over four years to have a constructive
impact on the humane treatment of animals. He was reappointed
to the Animal Services Advisory Board for a third term in
March, 2016 and was elected as Vice Chair and he continued
to serve until 2019. In December, 2011 he also returned to
the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission as the Mayor's
appointee. In January, 2013, January, 2015 and January, 2017
he was reappointed for consecutive two year terms, until 2019.
He is the past Chairman from 2015.
has received community commendations for his pro bono work
in both Massachusetts and Florida. A former Board member of
Kids Beating Cancer, an Orlando-area agency that promotes,
recruits and tests volunteers for the National Bone Marrow
Registry, Mr. Wean has also served as both Secretary and President
of his own homeowners association.
2011 Paul and his wife, Joan, started a volunteer organization
now called Pawsitive
Shelter Photography ("PSP") with a goal of using
good photography techniques to show shelter animals to the
public as eminently adoptable pets. The project, which currently
covers Orange and Osceola Counties' only public high volume,
quick-kill shelters as well as some rescue groups, now includes
many other volunteers including the attorneys and staff of
Wean & Malchow, P.A. and professional and enthusiast photographers
in the community. The group's work product, which is posted,
downloaded and used by Orange County Animal Services, can
be viewed at http://shelterphotos.zenfolio.com.
During 2012 the Orlando Sentinel produced a
short video about the project.
January, 2012 Paul and some of his professional and volunteer
efforts were featured when he was designated as "Someone
You Should Know" in Central Florida Lifestyle Magazine.
PSP was featured again in the same magazine in August 2013,
in an Article entitled "A
Picture of Hope," and again in January, 2017' s article
This." In December, 2013 Paul and Joan were featured on
the WKMG news segment called "Making
a Difference." In August, 2015 the station revisited
the Weans for a second "Making
a Difference" segment. In February, 2016
Orlando Weekly featured Paul and Joan's work in
another story on how PSP saves lives.
wrote an article about the work of PSP for the Summer, 2013
Newsletter of the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar.
In the Summer of 2016 Newsletter of the Florida Bar Animal
Law Section, Paul co-authored an article entitled, "The
Puppy Mill-Retail Store Supply Chain Dilemma."
July, 2015, on behalf of Pawsitive Shelter Photography, the
volunteer group they co-founded, Paul (far left), his wife
Joan (second from right), and colleague Barbara Sheridan (second
from left), were presented with Orange County's 2015
Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award by Mayor Teresa
Jacobs (far right).
his retirement, Mr. Wean and his Golden/Irish, Zoey, have
formed a therapy dog team providing services at assisted living
facilities, hospices and child advocacy centers in the Central
Florida area under the auspices of the Pet Alliance of Greater
Joan, live in the Orlando area with their three adopted
dogs but also remember their beloved