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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. In a suit against the City of New York, Mr. Dean obtained a $92 million verdict.
David won a $25 million verdict for a laborer injured at a worksite, and a $24.5 million verdict for a man who tripped on the stairs of an apartment building causing him to become a paraplegic. He 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. He recently won a $10.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. Such results are only a small sample of his work, which has earned him a respected and feared trial reputation.
David has been named in Super Lawyers magazine as one of New York’s top lawyers, and has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. A national legal publication recently named David as “one of America’s great trial lawyers.” David has also received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.* A 1961 graduate of Georgetown Law Center, David joined the firm in 1997 and has been a Member since 1999. He has often lectured at various law schools and bar associations on all aspects of trial practice.Areas of Practice