Professional Experience

A “seasoned” attorney with more than 42 years of experience, Dean has practiced in the municipal law, labor relations and employment law areas.  In his practice, Dean has vast experience representing public and private sector employers in the various aspects of employment law and labor relations.  Dean also has years of experience representing employers in collective bargaining and proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies.  Dean also represents municipalities and local government units in all aspects of municipal law and compliance with state statutes.

Dean has been a leader for more than 25 years in professional responsibility and ethics matters.  Dean serves on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Committee on Professional Ethics (he currently serves as Chair) and is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  He has represented attorneys from throughout Wisconsin in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the Office of Lawyer Regulation.  He is called upon by other attorneys and law firms to provide expert opinions of professional responsibility matters as well.  Dean has a monthly publication in the Wisconsin Lawyer magazine.


B.S., Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI (1974)

J.D., Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI (1977)

Admitted to Practice

Wisconsin Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association – Section Member:  Law Practice Management; State and Local Government Law

  • State Bar of Wisconsin – Section Member:  Labor Law; Administrative & Local Government Law

  • President, Senior Lawyers Division, State Bar of Wisconsin

  • Marathon County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Goldberg Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Law Foundation (2018)

  • George Tippler Award, Wisconsin School Attorney Association (2017)

  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor Law – Management (2001-2017)

  • Best of the U.S. Inc., Employment Law, 2017

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2001-2011

  • Leaders in the Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2006

  • Advocacy Award, United Way of Marathon County, 2015

  • Athena Award, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, 2015

  • John L. Cook Memorial Award, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, 2010

  • Award of Appreciation, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Action Wisconsin

  • President Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2002, 2004, 2006

Professional Activities

• Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers – Member

  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility – Member

  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities Municipal Attorneys – Section Member; President (2007-2008)

  • National Public Employer Labor Relations Association – Member

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

    • Senior Lawyers Division, President (2018-2019), Board Member (2017-present)

    • Treasurer (2001-2005)

    • Board of Governors (1990-1991 and 1994-1998)

    • Committee of Professional Ethics, Chairman (2000-2002 and 2005-present)

    • Finance Committee Member (1996-2010); Chair (2000-2004)

    • Professionalism Committee, Member (1994-1998 and 2000-2009)

    • Young Lawyers Division, President (1989-1990); Director (1985-1989)

  • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce – Member; President (2001-2002); Board of Directors (1994-2000); Business Advocacy Committee Chair (1988-1998, 2011)

  • Wisconsin Law Foundation – Fellow, President (2008-2014), Treasurer (2014-Present)

  • Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association – Member

  • Wisconsin School Attorneys Association – Board Member, President (2009-2010)

  • Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation – Board Member, President (2010-2012)

Civic Activities

  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Inc. – Board Member (1999-2013), Board Secretary (2000-2002), Vice Chair (2002-2004), Chair (2004-2007), Emeritus (2011-2013)

  • Aspirus, Inc. – Board Member, Board Chair (2007-2010), Emeritus (2011-2013)

  • Camp Manito-wish – Board Member

  • Marathon County Early Years Coalition – Member, Chairperson

  • Marathon County Youth Hockey Association – President (2000-2003)

  • Northcentral Technical College – Interim President (1993-1994)

  • Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association, Legal Counsel

  • Wausau Early Bird Rotary Club – Member (2001-2014), President (2001-2002)

  • Wisconsin Public Radio Association – Board member (2010-Present), Board Chair (2014-2018)