Dean, Mitchell D.

Partner

5D3A7138

Tort Litigation| Public Entities | Civil Rights

MDean@daleyheft.com
858-755-5666  ext. 7221

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1986
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors/Affiliations

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, North County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, North County Bar Association, 2000-2002
  • Member, San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected “Top Lawyer” for Civil Litigation (San Diego Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)

Mitchell D. Dean has extensive civil litigation experience in the areas of public entity liability, civil rights and police liability, insurance defense, and inverse condemnation.  He has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts.

Mr. Dean is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is a national invitation-only organization. Prospective members must have extensive jury trial experience, possess additional litigation experience, and exhibit the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism.

In addition to his extensive litigation work, Mr. Dean has served as Judge Pro Tem in San Diego courts for several years. He has been an arbitrator and member of judicial settlement conference panels. Mr. Dean served on the Board of Directors for the North County Bar Association and continues to teach for the People’s Law School, sponsored by the North County Bar Association.

Mr. Dean received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from the University of San Diego, where he served as staff writer for the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

Representative Matters

Mr. Dean successfully defended the City of Encinitas at trial against an inverse condemnation lawsuit filed by three bluff-top homeowners following a much-publicized landslide and bluff failure along Neptune Avenue.

Mr. Dean has successfully defended the City of Carlsbad, and several of its police officers, in multiple Federal Court trials in cases alleging excessive force and false arrest.

Mr. Dean teamed up with partner Robert Brockman in successfully defending the City of El Cajon and its police department from Federal Court claims of excessive use of force in a police shooting incident.

Mr. Dean successfully obtained a trial defense verdict for three Chula Vista Police Officers. This was a civil rights case in which it was claimed the officers used excessive force in the shooting and killing of an unarmed suspect.

Mr. Dean was lead trial counsel for the City of San Diego in the Jane Doe v. Arevalos case.  Ultimately, the case was settled after aggressive and wide-ranging discovery and dispositive motions.  At the time of settlement, all the individual defendants had been dismissed via motions for summary adjudication and the case was set for a trifurcated trial.

Most recently, Mr. Dean successfully obtained a defense verdict in Federal Court for an El Cajon Police Officer.  This was a civil rights case in which it was claimed the officer used excessive force in the shooting of an unarmed suspect. Click here to read more