Although he was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2009, Dean’s legal career began long before that. Growing up, Dean had always wanted to become a litigator, and he took the first steps toward the realization of that lifelong dream during his undergraduate years at Loyola University Chicago. He began his foray into the legal world after securing an externship in the Juvenile Justice Bureau at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As an extern, he learned the intricacies of criminal law and procedure and observed the proper techniques for direct and cross examinations, impeachment of witnesses, and for laying the foundation for admission of evidence.
After college, Dean’s path to becoming a litigator led him to the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. During his time there, he clerked for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Professional Licensing and Homeowner Protection Unit, and the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Consumer Fraud Bureau. As a law student, he observed civil and administrative proceedings and further developed his trial techniques as a member of teams prosecuting both consumer fraud and administrative law violations.
Dean achieved his goal and was sworn in to the Illinois bar in the fall of 2009. He took a job at a Chicago personal injury firm, where he was able to apply the knowledge and experience he’d been collecting for nearly a decade to his practice. Dean has completed multiple arbitrations and jury trial, obtaining verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients totaling several hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also routinely serves as an Arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.
Dean continues to sharpen his litigation skills as an associate at Patton & Ryan, where he focuses his practice on matters involving catastrophic personal injuries and professional negligence. Recently, Dean, alongside Partner Michael Vranicar, defended against a $20 million paraplegia negligence action. After a 3-week trial, the two were successful, and obtained yet another favorable result for one of the firm’s clients.