Kevin R. Dean

Focusing his litigation efforts on catastrophic injury, products liability, and wrongful death cases, Kevin Dean represents victims and families affected by hazardous consumer products, occupational and industrial accidents, fires, premise injuries and other incidents of negligence.

Kevin currently represents people allegedly harmed by defective Takata airbags and GM’s misconduct regarding its defective vehicles in In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation. He has litigated numerous vehicle defect cases, including against "the Big Three" automotive manufacturers in cases involving defective brakes, door locks, door latches, seat belts and roll overs. He served as trial co-counsel in Guzman v. Ford (2001), the first case brought to trial regarding a defective outside door latch handle, as well as in the vehicle rollover case Hayward v. Ford (2005). He was also a member of the plaintiffs’ litigation team in the defective seat belt case, Malone v. General Motors Corporation (1998) prior to joining Motley Rice.

He served as lead plaintiffs’ counsel in In re Charleston Firefighter Litigation, a wrongful death and negligence case against Sofa Super Store, contractors and multiple furniture manufacturers on behalf of the families of the nine firefighters lost in the June 2007 warehouse fire in Charleston, S.C.

Since the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, Kevin has been helping people and businesses pursuing litigation, as well as those needing help filing and negotiating their claims. He served as a member of the oil spill MDL's GCCF Jurisdiction & Court Oversight Workgroup and is now helping victims file claims through the new claims programs established by the two settlements reached with BP.

Kevin is actively involved with malpractice, defective medical devices and drug litigation. His experience also includes the health insurance fraud and post-claims underwriting case Clark v. Security Life Insurance Company, the largest civil RICO case in Georgia history, and Wiggins v. Parsons Nursery, one of the largest environmental and health contamination cases in South Carolina. Kevin also served as a County Commissioner on the Early County Georgia Board of Commissioners and still holds the honor of having been the youngest elected commissioner in county history.

Kevin frequently appears in local and national broadcast and print media discussing legal matters of workplace safety, fire prevention and other products liability, as well as specific casework and efforts for changes and improvements in various industries. Recognized as a BV® rated attorney Martindale-Hubbell®, Kevin co-authored “Dangerous Doors and Loose Latches,” published in Trial Magazine (2004) for the American Association for Justice, and authored “The Right to Jury Trial in ERISA Civil Enforcement Actions” published in The American Journal of Trial Advocacy (1989).

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., Valdosta State University, 1989


  • American Association for Justice
  • South Carolina Association for Justice, Tort & Negligence Chair
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association

Licensed In

  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S District Court for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia; Central District of Illinois; Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and District of South Carolina

Awards and Accolades

  • Benchmark Plaintiff

    2012–2013 National "Litigation Star": mass torts/product liability
    2012–2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: product liability

  • Super Lawyers®

    2015 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
    Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Personal injury – medical malpractice: plaintiff