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David Dean

Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. - New York
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David Dean
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C. - New York
New York,

David J. Dean, who joined the Firm over 20 years ago as a nationally recognized trial attorney, is responsible for trying some of our largest and often most challenging and complex cases.

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.

David won a $92 Million verdict against the city of New York on behalf of a victim of excessive police force. He 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 also won a $19.1 million verdict for a man whose hand was caught in a closing train door. He has obtained many multiple million-dollar verdicts in a number of different types of medical malpractice cases. 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.


New York

Awards and Recognition:

Named 2018 Lawyer of the year for New York City Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs by receiving the highest votes from his peers
Named in Super Lawyers magazine as one of New York's Top Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America
One of America's Great Trial Lawyers
Highest Rating (AV?) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia - 1961

Practice Areas:

Plaintiff's Personal Injury
Nursing Home Negligence
Medical Malpractice

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