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Dean A. Bochner
Dean A. Bochner

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Dean A. Bochner

Dean Bochner defends manufacturers, hospitals, municipalities, and other entities in high exposure litigation. At trial, Dean assists clients by preparing dispositive motions and preserving critical issues for appeal.  On appeal, Dean serves as lead counsel in cases covering a wide range of practice areas, including products liability, medical malpractice, employment, real property, and contract disputes.

Dean is a partner at the firm, where he has been practicing since 2004.  Before joining the firm, Dean served as executive vice president of a financial services company that purchases assignments of civil judgments pending on appeal.  In that capacity, Dean evaluated hundreds of civil appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Dean previously worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor, where he handled a variety of civil litigation matters in the trial and appellate courts.  He also clerked for two federal judges, worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and taught legal research and writing at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

In 2013, the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California appointed Dean to serve a three-year term on the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts.  That committee initiated and commented on proposed rule changes and legislation affecting appellate court operations and appellate practice, and provided continuing legal education to lawyers in the field of appellate law.  Dean currently serves on the Appellate Courts Committee of the California Lawyers Association.


  • Co-Author, California Litigation Review, Appeals and Writs section, 2018 edition
  • Editor, California Lawyers Association Litigation Update (2018 - present)
  • Co-Author, Characteristics of Medical Liability Claims Against Dermatologists from 1991 through 1995 (Feb. 2018) JAMA Dermatology; 154(2); 160-166. PubMed PMID: 29214284 
  • Is That Your Final Judgment? (2016) California Litigation, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 22
  • The Safety Dance (4th Quarter 2006) Verdict, p. 43