Kristi W. Dean, Managing Partner, is a skilled trial lawyer who represents clients in business disputes. She focuses on complex litigation matters and litigates cases in both State and Federal Court.
Kristi represents corporations and business organizations in various litigation disputes, including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, unfair business competition, trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference, wage & hour, shareholder derivative actions, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. She also acts as general counsel for businesses who seek to avoid litigation through effective risk management techniques.
Kristi has a unique understanding of the operations, procedures, responsibilities and concerns of the insurance industry, retail agencies and brokerages, surplus line brokers and underwriters in MGA and GA capacities. Her experience spans a broad and exhaustive spectrum of insurance issues, including errors and omissions claims, drafting and negotiating agent and broker agreements, producer agreements, insurance policy construction and interpretation, drafting of manuscript endorsements, insurance coverage analysis, declaratory relief and insurance bad faith litigation, third party defense litigation, and both corporate and regulatory matters specific to the insurance industry. She represents insurance professionals and businesses ancillary to the insurance industry such as loss adjusters, auditing agencies, premium finance companies, property and risk inspectors, and software providers. Utilizing her knowledge of the inner-workings of the insurance industry, Kristi helps her clients navigate through regulatory and litigation environments. She counsels in employee disputes, Title VII claims, wrongful termination and sexual harassment claims, and fashions pathways to minimize e&o claims and employer risk management.
Kristi is a regular speaker and panelist throughout the United States and U.K on issues affecting the insurance industry for groups such as the insurance committee of the California legislature, California Insurance Wholesalers' Association, Los Angeles Insurance Women's Association, West Valley Claims Association, San Gabriel Valley Claims Association, California Insurance Wholesalers Association; and several Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Associations. She also is qualified as a continuing education provider for the California Department of Insurance and provides CE courses to her clients.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Trusted Advisor||San Fernando Valley Business Journal||2013|
|Managing Partner||Stone | Dean LLP||2014 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Stone, Cha and Dean||2012 - 2014|
|Principal||Stone, Rosenblatt, and Cha||2005 - 2012|
|Owner, President||Law Offices of Kristi W. Dean||1986 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||1984 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|San Fernando Valley Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|California Insurance Wholesalers Association (CIWA)||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Professional Surplus Line Offices||Member||N/A|
|The Esquire Network (TEN)||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|Insurance Brokers & Agents of the San Fernando Valley (IBASFV)||Member||N/A|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|California State University Fresno||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|CIWA Industry Days||Employment: "Employee From Hell: Survival Tactics"||2016|
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