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.
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
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);
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
- 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
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
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.