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, toxic exposure and other incidents of negligence.
Kevin has extensive experience litigating vehicle defect cases and serves on the Trust Advisory Committee for victims of deadly airbags throughout Takata Corp.’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. Additionally, Kevin advocates for consumers who own or were harmed by explosive ARC airbag inflators and non-deploy airbags. He was appointed in 2023 by Judge Eleanor L. Ross to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Leadership Committee for the ARC Inflators MDL No. 3051 in the Northern District of Georgia.
Kevin also represents people affected by Volkswagen's diesel emissions fraud and GM’s misconduct regarding its defective vehicles in In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation. He represents clients against "the Big Three" and foreign automotive manufacturers and has done so in cases involving defective seat backs, head restraints, brakes, door locks, door latches, seat belts and roll overs. He previously served as trial co-counsel in Guzman v. Ford (2001), the first case brought to trial regarding a defective outside door latch handle, and in the vehicle rollover case Hayward v. Ford (2005). Prior to joining Motley Rice, Kevin was a member of the plaintiffs’ litigation team in the defective seat belt case, Malone v. General Motors Corporation (1998).
Outside of his vehicle defect work, Kevin is a key member of the Motley Rice team representing service members, their families, and civilians who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Committed to occupational safety, Kevin also secured a jury verdict against SAR Automation, L.P., for $8.8 million in the wrongful death of a worker who fell at a Boeing facility and left behind a widow and two small children.*
Kevin has been involved in several investigations of catastrophic fire cases and reached a multi-million dollar settlement for the surviving children of a couple tragically killed in a house fire allegedly caused by defective electrical wiring in a golf cart. Kevin was lead plaintiffs’ counsel in In re Charleston Firefighter Litigation, a wrongful death and negligence case against Sofa Super Store, contractors and furniture manufacturers brought by the families of the nine firefighters who died in the 2007 Sofa Superstore warehouse fire.
Since the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, Kevin has representing helping people and businesses pursuing litigation along with filing and negotiating claims for others through the programs the two BP settlements established. He also was a member of the oil spill MDL's GCCF Jurisdiction & Court Oversight Workgroup.
Kevin also litigated 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 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 an AV® 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).
Litigation AreasPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Toxic Exposure Transportation
J.D., Cumberland School of Law, 1991
B.A., Valdosta State University, 1989
- 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; Eastern District of Michigan, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and District of South Carolina
American Association for Justice
South Carolina Association for Justice, Executive Committee and Board of Governors–Circuit 9
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Board of Directors
Awards and Accolades
2017–2023 Charleston, S.C. Personal injury litigation – plaintiffs; Product Liability Litigation – plaintiffs
2015–2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers list
Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Personal injury – medical malpractice: plaintiff
2012–2013 National "Litigation Star": mass torts/product liability
2012–2014 South Carolina “Litigation Star”: product liability
2020–2023 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers