David J. Dean
Partner + 1997 + New York
David J. Dean, who joined the Firm over 20 years ago as a nationally recognized trial attorney, is responsible for trying some of our largest and often most challenging and complex cases.
David J. Dean is a senior trial attorney on all matters in the Firm’s practice. Mr. Dean was the Chief Trial Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Agent Orange Class Action, representing more than two million Vietnam Veterans in their claims against seven chemical companies. His work was described in published Federal Court decisions as “extraordinary” and of “exceptional quality.” David’s exceptional trial skills were evident in the civil trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, where, as the lead trial attorney, he obtained an unprecedented verdict against the Port Authority for its failure to take steps to prevent the terrorist attack.
- New York
Verdicts + Settlements
- Won a $92 Million verdict against the city of New York on behalf of a victim of excessive police force.
- Obtained a verdict against the Transit Authority for $28.5 million for a woman whose leg was severely injured when she was struck by a train.
- Won a $25 million verdict for a laborer injured at a worksite.
- Received a $24.5 million verdict for a man who tripped on the stairs of an apartment building causing him to become a paraplegic.
- Received a $19.1 million verdict for a man whose hand was caught in a closing train door.
- Obtained many multiple million-dollar verdicts in a number of different types of medical malpractice cases. Such results are only a small sample of his work, which has earned him a respected and feared trial reputation.
Awards and Recognition
- Named 2018 Lawyer of the year for New York City Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs by receiving the highest votes from his peers
- Named in Super Lawyers magazine as one of New York’s Top Lawyers
- The Best Lawyers in America
- One of America’s Great Trial Lawyers
- Highest Rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia • 1961
- He has often lectured at various law schools and bar associations on all aspects of trial practice.