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Dean Hansell
Partner, Los Angeles
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Dean Hansell, a former state and federal prosecutor, is an accomplished and successful business, environmental and energy, labor and employment, trial and appellate lawyer. His practice emphasizes class actions, complex business litigation, government enforcement actions, fraud, insurance/reinsurance and insolvency matters, international litigation and arbitration, and appeals. Dean also served as Los Angeles Police Commissioner from 1997 to 2001.

As a former Federal Trade Commission (FTC) prosecutor, Dean handles litigation involving administrative proceedings and investigations, antitrust and price-fixing allegations, unfair business practice and comparison, and performance claim ads.  He has litigated antitrust and marketing cases involving consumer products, motion picture production, motion picture distribution, healthcare, insurance and reinsurance, energy, and motor vehicle industries, among many others.

Dean delivers significant experience with alternative dispute resolution and serves on the Arbitration Committee of the U.S. Council for International Business, and he frequently serves as national coordinating counsel, supervising litigation nationwide, or as U.S. counsel in international litigation.

Throughout his career, Dean has handled nearly every type of reinsurance and insurance case, including insurance insolvency, reinsurance, errors and omissions, bad faith, insurance fraud, ostensible authority, agency, coverage, class actions, negligent supervision, marketing practices, asbestos and deceptive trade practices.

Dean's experiences in the environmental field date back to the beginning of modern environmental law. As a civil prosecutor, he filed the first Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) case in the country, and he has extensive experience litigating cases involving mobile source pollution, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), nuclear waste disposal and storage, nuclear power licensing, water, leaking underground storage tanks (LUST), underground storage tanks (UST), noise, and drinking water litigation and regulatory matters.

Dean has substantial experience in the labor and employment field, and has handled class actions or cases involving alleged misclassification of employees, missed and short meal and rest breaks, bag checks, split shifts, working off the clock, employee uniforms, Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims, workers compensations discrimination, independent contractors, wrongful termination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and race.

Well-recognized for his tremendous commitment to civic activities, Dean chaired the UCLA School of Public Health Advisory Board, in addition to holding board positions with the California Bar Foundation, the Los Angeles Library Foundation, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation. In addition, he served as President of the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners for the city of Los Angeles and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. He also served as President of the Board of Information Technology Commissioners, City of Los Angeles; Member of the Editorial Board for the International Reinsurance Dispute Reporter; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Los Angeles Lawyer; Judge Pro Tem of the California Superior Court; Chair of the Antitrust Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; and a Member of the Illinois Solar Resources Advisory Panel.

Dean has authored more than 25 continuing legal education book chapters and articles focusing on a variety of areas, including environment and energy, insurance and reinsurance, and litigation and trial practice, among others. Dean is the co-editor of Thomson-Reuter's classic book on reinsurance, The Law of Reinsurance.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Dean was a partner at a leading global law firm.

10 May 2013
Moderator, "Does International arbitration meet General Counsels' needs? International Arbitration. The client's perspective." International Arbitration in the Pacific Rim, Los Angeles, CA

22 March 2013
Speaker, “Update: Proposition 65.” National Coffee Association, San Francisco, CA

21 March 2013
Speaker, “Marketing claims in food litigation.” National Coffee Association, San Francisco, CA

2 August 2012
"Top Gun Tactics for Defending Class Actions," CLE presentation. Los Angeles, CA

Hogan Lovells Publications
05 February 2015 "U.S. Supreme Court Declines Review of California High Court Decision Prohibiting the Arbitration of PAGA Claims." Employment Alert, Hogan Lovells

03 September 2014 "Paid Sick Leave Coming to California Next Year." Employment Alert, Hogan Lovells

31 October 2013 "Update on California's Proposition 65: AB 227 Reform Provides 14-Day Cure Period to Certain Small Businesses." Hogan Lovells Alert, Hogan Lovells

11 October 2013 "California Limits Workers' Compensation Claims by Professional Athletes, Including Former NFL Players with Concussion-Related Injuries.", Hogan Lovells

24 September 2013 "Retired NFL Players Settle Concussion Litigation, but Potential Insurance Implications to Be Determined.", Hogan Lovells

15 November 2012 "New California decision affirms employers' ability to round time clock entries." Employment Alert, Hogan Lovells

Published Works
14 October 2014 "California’s New Paid Sick-Leave Law: Are You Ready?" Westlaw Journal

AUGUST 2014 "Current FTC Enforcement Initiatives in the Consumer Protection Arena." Competition and Anti-Trust Guide

15 April 2014 "Law of Reinsurance, 2014 ed." Thomson Reuters, Westlaw

Litigation and Arbitration
Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation
Environmental Litigation
International Arbitration
Insurance Litigation
Class Actions
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Retail
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Denison University
  • Board of Directors, California Bar Foundation
  • Trustee, Fellow, Denison University
  • Member, Executive Advisory Board, Asian Americans Advancing Justice 
  • Member, Arbitration Committee, U.S. Council for International Business
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Southern California Super Lawyers (Litigation), 2004–2013
  • International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, 2005–2013
  • Top Ten Defense Verdicts for 2008, Daily Journal
  • Legal 500 US, Technology: Data Protection and Privacy, 2013
  • AV Rated
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, Central District of California U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California U.S. District Court, Northern District of California U.S. District Court, Southern District of California U.S. Supreme Court U.S. District Court, District of Illinois