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Paul L. Wean is the managing shareholder of Wean & Malchow, P.A., a law firm established in 1995. 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.

Educated 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.

Mr. Wean 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 approved by the Florida Supreme Court as a circuit court 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 is annually recertified by the State of Florida to teach continuing legal education to licensed community association managers.

Paul Wean is a firm believer in volunteersim 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.

In 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.

In December, 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. 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. He is the past Chairman from 2015.

Mr. Wean 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.

In October, 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.

In 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 "Picture 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.

Paul 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 entited, "The Puppy Mill-Retail Store Supply Chain Dilemma."

In 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 goal for Wean & Malchow, P.A. is to develop a small and intimate practice to foster direct personal representation and innovative service at an affordable rate.

Paul and Joan, live in the Orlando area with their three adopted dogs but also remember their beloved departed dogs.

 
     
 
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