Dean A. Reeves is a Special Counsel at Bradley, Gmelich + Wellerstein LLP with over 27 years’ experience in civil and business litigation. Dean has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration proceedings, and before various administrative agencies. Dean’s areas of practice include general business litigation, premises liability, products liability, motor vehicle collisions, wrongful death, and private security firms, with liability defense and administrative licensing with governing state agencies.
Prior to joining Bradley, Gmelich + Wellerstein LLP, Dean practiced at AFRCT, LLP in Pasadena, and before that at Hill, Farrer & Burrill, LLP and Baker & Associates in Los Angeles. While at Baker & Associates, Dean was the lead appellate attorney representing a general contractor in a dispute over the construction of a custom single-family residence. The appeal resulted in a published decision from the California Court of Appeal regarding the enforcement of an oral home improvement contract, and the interpretation of the statutory language that provides for the recovery of attorney fees. HInerfled-Ward, Inc. v. Lipians, 188 Cal.App.4th 86 (2010).
Dean received his Juris Doctor degree in 1990 from the University of Southern California Law Center and graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge in 1987, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While at USC, Dean served as a member of the Computer Law and Major Tax Planning Journals. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge David V. Kenyon at the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Dean was admitted to the California bar in 1990 and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court (all California districts) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Dean served on the Board of Managers for the Santa Clarita Valley YMCA which included stints as the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and Youth & Family Committee. He also started his own small business in the construction industry and spent five years as a professional custom cabinetmaker, and continues to pursue woodworking as a hobby.