Dean has advocated for employees since 2005. He is experienced in three areas of employment law: (1) wrongful termination and harassment, (2) wage and hour, and (3) leaves of absence. Dean represents employees in both the private and public sector. He has handled a variety of wrongful termination cases, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and whistle-blower matters. Dean also represents individuals who have claims regarding their pay (minimum wage, overtime, and unpaid wages), meal and rest violations, and sick leave violations.


Dean can represent you to negotiate settlements or pursue cases in court or arbitration when you have experienced:

* Race discrimination

* National origin discrimination

* Sex discrimination (including unequal pay)

* Sexual orientation discrimination

* Gender identity or expression discrimination

* Disability discrimination

* Age discrimination

* Pregnancy discrimination

* Religious discrimination

* Harassment

* Retaliation for reporting discrimination or harassment

* Retaliation for taking medical leave

* Whistle-blower retaliation

* Breach of employment contract

* Unpaid wages (including minimum wage violations)

* Unpaid overtime

* Rest and meal breaks not provided

* Misclassification as an independent contractor

Employment cases can be heard in either the state or federal court system. Dean has experience in both, including trials and appeals.


Court opinions in cases Dean has handled

Taylor v. CSU (Second District Court of Appeal, 6/2/2020)

Williams v. Wolf (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 5/26/2020)

Colborn v. Chevron (First District Court of Appeal, 3/26/2019)

Cordell v. PLP (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 9/8/2016)

Thein v. SPB (Third District Court of Appeal, 6/17/2014)

Thein v. FRCCD (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 10/23/2013)

Carroll v CTC (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 8/19/2013)

Johnson v BART (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 7/30/2013)

Gaur v. City of Hope (Second District Court of Appeal, 11/30/2011)

Bradford v. Winter (Second District Court of Appeal, 8/19/2010)

Morgenstern v. IATSE (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 8/17/2006)


Speaking engagements by Dean

September 17, 2020: Forced (Pre-dispute) Arbitration: The Ongoing Debate at Attorney Action Club/San Francisco Lawyers Network (video recording available here)

March 29, 2018: Practical Ethics in Employment Law at San Francisco Lawyers Network

February 21, 2018: SLAPPing Employment Cases at Bay Area Legal Experts

September 9, 2017: Wage and Hour Law at Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals

February 4, 2017: Wage and Hour Law at Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals

September 6, 2015: Workplace Laws Concerning Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation, and Childcare at Community Well


Published writings by Dean

Know Your Law: Wage and Hour Issues, The Gavel, Summer 2017.

Top Five Things To Consider When Evaluating a Leave of Absence Claim, San Francisco Attorney, Summer 2017 (with Rose-Ellen Fairgrieve)

Dean is an active member of the following legal organizations

California Employment Lawyers Association

National Lawyers Guild

Bar Association of San Francisco

Attorney Action Club

San Francisco Lawyers Network