G. David Dean is a member of the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring and Litigation Departments. He is a resident in the firm’s Wilmington, Delaware office. David practices in the areas of complex bankruptcy and corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, Delaware Court of Chancery and other courts throughout the country.
In bankruptcy proceedings, David has served as lead counsel to debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, major creditors and asset purchasers. He has also served as trial counsel to a foreign representative in one of the most significant international insolvency trials in U.S. history. David has also been appointed by the Office of the U.S. Trustee to serve as a Chapter 11 trustee. In these roles, David utilizes superior problem-solving, and when appropriate, litigation skills to achieve the best results for his clients and bankruptcy estates. David’s unique combination of substantive bankruptcy knowledge and litigation and trial skills allows him to lead any type of bankruptcy matter with efficiency and effectiveness. He also works effectively with financially troubled clients to avoid bankruptcy or litigation before it arises. David has represented clients in a variety of industries including technology, manufacturing, real estate, retail, health care and advertising.
In litigation matters, David blends superb writing, examination and oral advocacy skills with a strong knowledge of the rules of evidence and procedure in a way that translates into tangible results. His litigation practice focuses on a variety of corporate and commercial disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty suits, shareholder disputes, appraisal actions, board of director disputes, fraudulent transfer litigation, insurance, intellectual property and breach of contract cases of all types. David is also experienced in representing companies in disputes involving the expert valuation of businesses and other assets, as well as injunctive remedies. He has experience counseling clients through mass torts and international issues. While David thrives in a litigation environment, he recognizes that most clients prefer to use constructive counsel in litigation. David prides himself in problem-solving techniques designed to resolve disputes that are capable of being resolved prior to trial.
Representative lead debtor and creditors’ committee matters include:
At Cole Schotz, David plays an integral role in managing the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring practice, serving as Co-Deputy Chair of the department. David also takes pride in mentoring associates and junior partners in the firm and is heavily involved in the firm’s mentoring program. He is also an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, where he is a member of the advisory board for the organization’s yearly Mid-Atlantic conference.
David gives back to the community through his pro bono representations by helping people with limited means navigate through difficult legal matters on a pro se basis. He most recently assisted a client in a substantial litigation regarding a guardianship in Delaware Family Court. David’s pro bono representations also include helping those who cannot afford to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
David has been recognized for his work by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America 2016 through 2020. David was previously named a rising star by Super Lawyers and was named in M&A Advisor’s “40 Under 40 Legal Advisors.” See Award Methodology.
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