Adjunct Professor of Law


Adjunct Professor John Dean has practiced law in the Bay Area for nearly thirty years. He initially established a solo criminal defense practice, eventually focusing primarily on major felonies including controlled substances and violent crimes. He then served eleven years as President of a privately-held wholesale/retail bakery, where his duties included negotiating labor agreements with five unions, and negotiating agreements with suppliers and major wholesale customers including national hotel and restaurant chains, hospitals and major educational institutions.

After representing “management” in labor negotiations, Professor Dean moved across the table. For the past ten years, he has served as Sr. Attorney/Contract Administrator for the Air Line Pilots Association, a nation-wide labor union representing nearly 60, 000 professional airline pilots at over forty airlines. In that capacity, he has trained hundreds of pilot negotiators and negotiated numerous airline pilot labor agreements. He assisted in the development of the National Mediation Board’s award-winning grievance mediation program. He has served as lead attorney on hundreds of labor arbitrations (both interest arbitrations and disciplinary matters). In addition, because of his extensive criminal trial experience, he regularly represents pilots in contested administrative hearings before the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, including many “high profile” substance abuse, pilot error and accident proceedings.

Professor Dean regularly participates in continuing education programs for lawyers in the field of negotiations, grievance mediation and labor arbitration, including programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the California Continuing Education of the Bar, and state bar organizations in New York, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Texas and elsewhere.

Professor Dean graduated from U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Hastings. He resides in San Francisco with his wife of thirty years, Susan, a nurse manager at a major hospital. His son, Michael, is a 2008 Hastings graduate; daughter Melissa is a junior at UCLA. Free time is spent hiking, boating and relaxing at Lake Tahoe, running and feeble (often disastrous) attempts at gourmet cooking.


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