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Biography

Dean focuses his practice on insurance coverage, environmental, construction, consumer law, and business matters.

Dean has represented insurance companies in numerous coverage disputes, including both complex environmental cases, as well as defense of bad faith claims. His environmental practice also includes extensive experience defending clients against claims in relation to contaminated sites.

Dean’s construction law practice has included representation of architects, engineers, contractors and sureties. In addition, he has extensive experience in the defense of businesses and individuals against claims by consumers, including claims under the FDCPA, the FCRA, the TCPA and various state consumer statutes.

Dean routinely defends businesses in state and federal court. Dean has defended clients in more than 30 class action cases.

Other Info About Dean

Education

Law School

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1995
Ohio State Law Journal, Managing Editor

Undergraduate School

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1990

Bar Memberships

Dean is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Indiana

West Virginia

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law Section:
Chair (2014-2016)
Chair-Elect (2012-2014)
Vice-Chair (2010-2012)
Secretary (2008-2010)
Treasurer (2006-2008)

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center
Dean chairs the Endowment Committee and the Fund Development Committee of the St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides high quality pre-school education for children ages 3-5 who are at learning and life risk. Dean is also a member of St. Mary’s Finance Committee (2009-present) and its Executive Committee (2009-present). Dean is a past president of the St. Mary’s Board of Directors.

Presentations

Dean was invited to speak at the following events:

Agency Duties and Responsibilities, The Brave New World of Insurance Seminar, author and presenter, May 2021.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Compliance, author and presenter, July 2017.

Best Practices in Construction Arbitration, panel moderator, March 2016.

DRI Fidelity and Surety Roundtable, Program Chair, Chicago, Illinois, May 2012.

An Environment of Care: Environmental Compliance and Practices in the Healthcare Industry, Indiana Health Law Symposium, February 2010.

Major Publications

Dean is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“State-By-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims”, contributing author, Chapter 16, Indiana (Cumulative Supp. 2020 & 1st Edition).

“Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium”, chapter author, Advertisement Offenses – Causation Requirement, Chapter 15, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Spring 2014.

“Common Mistakes of Indiana’s Mechanic’s Lien Claimants (and How to Avoid Them)”, 2012.

“ABA Construction and Design Law”, contributing author, Chapter 15, Indiana Construction and Design Law (2nd Ed. 2009).

“Does Your Business Have an E-Discovery Plan?”, 2007.

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