The Dean Law Firm accepts referrals for brief-writing,
legal research, motion practice, writs and appeals in all Louisiana state and federal courts.
Bruce Dean has over 30 years of experience in personal injury, wrongful
death, and class action litigation and appeals in the Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the top appellate lawyers
Mr. Dean has been
named as one of Louisiana's top appellate attorneys in the Thomson Reuters Louisiana Super Lawyers
publication; The American Lawyer magazine; Corporate Counsel magazine; Louisiana Life magazine;
the National Law Journal; the New
Orleans Times-Picayune; St. Charles Avenue magazine; and the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Business Edition.
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 for the past 15 years.
Mr. Dean has been a lead attorney, lead writer and/or court-appointed
steering committee member in several prominent class actions and mass joinder cases in the Louisiana state and federal courts which
have resulted in settlements and judgments totaling more than $939 million, including these cases:
- 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);
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);
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), serving as chairman of the
LAJ's Amicus Curiae Committee and Insurance Law Section.
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