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
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
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 Seventeen 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.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Medical Student Seminar
Don’t want to meet you later in your career. Review good communication, documentation, legal issues and risk management.
June 2010, June 2009
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Product Safety and Liability Conference
“Getting to Know your Ultimate Peer Group: Second Guessing in the Jury Room”
Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine
“The Wonderful World of Medical Malpractice Litigation”
June 2006, June 2007, June 2008
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference
“Putting the Rabbit in the Hat – ” The Process and Benefits of Well-Planned Electrical Incident Investigations”
American Board of Trial Advocates and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
The American Jury Trial Do We Allow Its Death or Lead Its Rebirth – “How Did We Get Here” – A View of the Bar and the Bench
American Law Firm Association International Seminar
Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2003 “Fair Act”