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 and Lawyers.com 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);
- 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), serving as chairman of the LAJ's Amicus Curiae Committee and Insurance Law Section.
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.