For some, change is not sought out but rather avoided; while others would simply state that it is inevitable. And for a few, well, they spend their whole lives driven by the passion that comes from the ability to effectuate change in their community. Kim Rezanka is an example of that kind of leader.
The saying, “she wears many hats” is an understatement when describing Rezanka. In her current position, she is a civil trial litigator with, and the managing shareholder of, the Dean Mead law offices in Viera. Her practice focuses on litigation and land use. In her leadership role as the firm’s managing shareholder, Rezanka oversees its strategic planning, business development and expansion and “does whatever it takes to help the firm and the office run as effectively, efficiently and harmoniously as possible.”
“Knowing the law and how it works brings me many opportunities. Those opportunities include involvement in the political process, helping individuals and businesses with legal problems, and educating students and clients as to legal and non-legal solutions. I often work with city and county staff to find solutions to land use issues short of lawsuits being filed against or by my client. Sometimes that results in changes to government ordinances or policies,” Rezanka said.
Rezanka reflects that the most important decision she made in her career was when she began working at the Brevard County Office of the State Attorney as a prosecutor. It was a job that provided her ample opportunity to obtain litigation and trial experience, which assisted her in civil litigation.
“It opened my eyes to a side of society to which I had never been exposed. I saw children who committed crimes so they would be arrested as a means to have food and shelter, as well as drug activity in various neighborhoods I remember from my youth, and the battle faced by law enforcement officers both from criminals and from the justice system itself,” she said.
Looking back on her life, Rezanka credits her mother, Janet Bonder Lovelace, as her inspiration. To Rezanka, her mother exemplified “the career woman” even back in the 1970s. “Volunteering and being socially conscientious was important to her. From her, I learned that, if and when you can, you must give back to the community. She died on this past Mother’s Day, but her lessons continue with me,” she said.
Serving as a female managing partner at Dean Mead, and in her other leadership roles in the firm, Rezanka believes it has put her in a position to not just be noticed but to pour into other women lawyers at Dean Mead. “There are too few women in the role of managing partners at other firms and I consider it a privilege to have been chosen by my peers to serve. It gives me a competitive advantage because I have the opportunity to mentor and groom others and help them aspire to serve in leadership roles inside the firm and externally in the community,” she said.