One of the three founding members of GGM, Dean is an experienced trial lawyer with a long track record of success.

Dean earned his  pre-medical degree in 1970 and his juris doctor in 1974.Thereafter, he practiced with and became a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of LaBrum & Doak. In 1980, he became one of the founding members of German, Gallagher & Murtagh, P.C., where he practices today. Dean focuses his practice almost entirely in the defense of medical malpractice and products liability cases, and catastrophic injury cases of all types. He has represented hospitals and individual physicians in all areas of medicine, including neurosurgical, neurological, orthopedic, obstetrical, gynecological, oncological, anesthetic, gastroenterological, radiological, general surgical, emergency medicine and nursing matters. He has also represented physicians in administrative hearings involving licenses, privileges and credentials.


Gettysburg College, Gettysburg
Pennsylvania, pre-med 1970

University of Miami School of Law
J.D. 1974

Court Admissions


United States District Court for the Eastern District

United States District Court for the Middle District

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

American and Philadelphia Bar Associations

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

American Law Firm Association International (ALFA) Founding Member and current board of North American Membership Committee

Defense Research Institute

Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (former Board Vice President & Chairman of Products Liability Committee)

Pennsylvania Defense Institute (served several years on the Board of Directors)

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Honors & Awards

AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell

Elected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Nineteen Consecutive Years

Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers

Dean, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, lectures at seminars presented by the Defense Research Institute, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, the American Law Firm Association, the Florida Spine Institute and the National Hand Symposium for Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists. He has been qualified as an instructor on risk management to the Medical Associations of many states for Continuing Medical Education Credits.

His legal presentations have included the examination of physicians in soft tissue injury cases, the use of MRI and CT scans in previously asymptomatic plaintiffs, physician exposure and the National Practitioner Data Bank, causation in products liability cases, jury selection issues and bad faith/good faith claims practices. These lectures have resulted in publications in those same areas.

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