John Dean received his A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. He is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.
After an initial career as a criminal defense attorney, followed by a decade in the corporate world, Mr. Dean was hired in 1998 by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (“ALPA”), the world’s largest union of commercial airline pilots. In the ensuing eighteen years, Mr. Dean held a number of positions in ALPA’s Representation Department, most recently as a Senior Labor Relations Counsel. At ALPA, he assisted pilot representatives in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements at a variety of US airlines. Mr. Dean also represented pilots in administrative proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, in contract enforcement proceedings including mediation and arbitrations, and in grievance matters.
Mr. Dean left ALPA in June 2016.
Since 2007, Mr. Dean has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he teaches courses in “Negotiation and Settlement”. He is also a frequent lecturer on negotiation techniques and strategies, ethics and professional responsibility, and alternative dispute resolution at other Bay Area law schools, corporate legal departments and for attorney continuing education programs. He regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator on a range of civil disputes, with an emphasis on the areas of labor and employment disputes (including wage and hour matters, discipline and wrongful termination claims, and allegations of discrimination and/or harassment).