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The Dean Law Firm represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and accepts referrals for brief-writing, legal research, motion practice, writs and appeals in all Louisiana state and federal courts.

Over the past 30 years, Bruce Dean has successfully represented the interests of more than 500,000 Louisiana citizens in class actions and individual lawsuits arising from automobile accidents, chemical releases, commercial disputes, drownings, damage to residential property, railroad worker accidents, tobacco use, unsafe prescription drugs, and other defective products.

Mr. Dean has been a lead plaintiffs' counsel, lead writer and/or court-appointed plaintiffs' counsel in cases which have resulted in settlements and judgments totaling more than $939 million.

He has been named as one of Louisiana's top appellate attorneys in the Thomson Reuters Louisiana Super Lawyers publication (2008 to 2016), and the Super Lawyers Business Edition publication (2011 to present). Only five percent of lawyers are honored in the Super Lawyers publications, based on the nominations of other attorneys.  

Mr. Dean has been chosen as one of the “Top Attorneys in Louisiana” by Louisiana Life magazine and St. Charles Avenue magazine, in the field of appellate law, for the past six years (2012 to present).

He was also named as one of the "Top Lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana" by New Orleans magazine, in 2017.  

He was also selected as one of the "Top Rated Lawyers in Appellate Law" in the nation by American Lawyer Media's The American Lawyer magazine and Corporate Counsel magazine, in 2013.

In 2005, the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice honored Mr. Dean as a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist. 

Supported by the evaluations of other Louisiana lawyers, he has received the highest ("AV Preeminent") rating from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and adherence to the professional standards of ethics. 

Mr. Dean has been one of the lead writers and/or a court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Committee member, in several prominent Louisiana and national cases including:

  • In re New Orleans Train Car Leakage Fire Litigation (Lead writer and Plaintiffs' Legal Committee member in a 10,000 member class action arising from a chemical leak, which produced a $3.4 billion jury verdict in New Orleans Civil District Court, and more than $447 million in settlements);
  • In re Combustion, Inc. (One of the lead writers in a class action which resulted in settlements of more than $127 million);
  • In re Imperial Fire Litigation (One of the lead plaintiffs' attorneys in a suit arising from a North Carolina industrial fire which resulted in settlements of more than $52 million);
  • In re Gramercy Plant Explosion at Kaiser (Plaintiffs' Steering Committee member in a class action arising from a chemical release, which resulted in settlements of over $34 million);
  • Davis v. American Home Products, Inc. (A lead writer and Plaintiffs' Steering Committee member in a certified class action for users of the Norplant contraceptive device, which resulted in a $29.5 million settlement); 
  • Scott v. American Tobacco Co. (A lead writer and Plaintiffs' Appellate Liaison Counsel, in a half-million member class action for smoking cessation benefits, which resulted in a $241.5 million judgment, plus legal interest);

  • Warren v. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co. (A lead writer in an individual wrongful death action, which resulted in a $4.25 million punitive damages award, under the general maritime law, which was 34 times the plaintiff's compensatory damages). 
In one of the larger wrongful death settlements for a Louisiana resident, Mr. Dean represented a minor child who received a $7 million settlement for the death of a single parent, the child's mother. 

He has also served as local appellate counsel for the governments of Mexico (the United Mexican States), Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Republic of Guatemala.

Mr. Dean is a long-time member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) and the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) (formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), and served as chairman of the LAJ's Amicus Curiae Committee from 2007 to 2012, and as a member from 2007 to the present. 

He was a contributing researcher for a treatise on statutes of limitations and prescription and has lectured on evidence, punitive damages, motion practice and appellate issues.  

Mr. Dean is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and New York, and is admitted to the bars of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.