Dean advocates for many of the country’s most innovative technology companies, including Tesla, Fitbit and Symantec, in a wide variety of venues throughout the country.

Dean is a seasoned litigator who defends clients in securities class actions, fiduciary duty cases, merger challenges, corporate governance disputes, derivative litigation and executive compensation cases. He also represents clients in regulatory matters and advises companies on disclosure and other corporate governance matters.

Dean has successfully argued cases throughout the country, particularly in courts in the Ninth Circuit, Second Circuit and before the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has represented a wide range of domestic and international clients, including technology, automobile, solar energy, pharmaceutical, entertainment and healthcare companies.

He recently won a dismissal with prejudice of securities claims against Tesla and its officers relating to early production of its Model 3 vehicle, and he is defending Tesla in securities litigation relating to consideration of a take-private transaction pending in federal court in San Francisco.

Representative Experience

  • Wochos v. Tesla (N.D. Cal.): Motion to dismiss related to Model 3 granted with prejudice.
  • In re Tesla Sec. Litig. (N.D. Cal.): Representing Tesla in defense of securities litigation relating to consideration of a potential take-private transaction.
  • Inter-Local Pension Fund v. Tesla (N.D. Cal.): Representing Tesla in defense of securities litigation relating to a $1.8 billion note offering.
  • In re Sunrun Sec. Litig. (N.D. Cal.): Motion to dismiss granted in securities class action.
  • Shankar v. Imperva (N.D. Cal.): Motion to dismiss securities class action granted in part, case settled thereafter.
  • In re King Digital Sec. Litig. (S.F. Superior): Represented King in defense of IPO litigation. Demurrer sustained in part; case settled thereafter.
  • In re SolarCity Sec. Litig. (N.D. Cal.): Motion to dismiss granted, case dismissed with prejudice.
  • Haque v. Tesla (Del. Chancery): Trial victory in Section 220 action alleging breach of fiduciary duty regarding statements about production and demand for Tesla vehicles.
  • Olagues v. Musk, et al. (N.D. Cal.): Defending Section 16(b) case. Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice.
  • Fitbit Sec. Litig. (N.D. Cal.): Motion to dismiss granted, case dismissed with prejudice.
  • Las Vegas Sands Deriv. Litig. (D. Nev.): Defense of directors arising from alleged FCPA violations. Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Imperva Deriv. Litig. (Del. Chancery): Represented CEO and directors in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice and affirmed on appeal.
  • Symantec S’holder Litig. (Del. Chancery): Represented defendants in derivative litigation challenging executive compensation. Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice.
  • Diamond Foods Deriv. Litig. (N.D. Cal.): Represented company and its directors in action challenging accounting practices and proxy disclosures. Motion to dismiss granted with prejudice and affirmed on appeal.
  • Apple Deriv. Litig. (Santa Clara Sup.): Represented directors and officers in an action challenging executive compensation. Demurrer sustained and affirmed on appeal.

Recent Recognitions

  • The Recorder, finalist for Tech Litigation Department of the Year—Dean’s dismissal with prejudice of a stockholder class action against Tesla was highlighted (2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation—Securities (2019)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • “Delaware Court of Chancery Rules That Companies Cannot Require Litigation of 1933 Act Claims in Federal Court,” Fenwick & West, December 2018 (co-author)
  • “Supreme Court Rules That Securities Act Class Actions May Proceed in State Court,” Fenwick & West, March 2018 (co-author)

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Representative Clients

  • Castlight Health
  • Cepheid
  • Connetics
  • Data Domain
  • Diamond Foods
  • Fitbit
  • HTC
  • Imperva
  • King Digital Entertainment
  • Las Vegas Sands
  • Lexar Media
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • SolarCity
  • Sunrun
  • Symantec
  • Tesla
  • Tresalia Capital

Education & Admissions

J.D., magna cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law
Member of the Law Review

B.A., with high honors, University of Illinois

Admitted to practice in California and New York

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