DEAN A. SUTHERLAND
FOCUS ON INSURANCE COVERAGE AND BAD FAITH CLAIMS, ADMIRALITY AND MARITIME LAW, AND CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION
DEAN A. SUTHERLAND
Born in Algiers, Louisiana, Dean graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He received his Juris Doctorate with honors (Order of the Coif) from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1975. After law school, Dean served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Albert Tate, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Louisiana (1975 – 1976).
During years of active trial and appellate civil practice before Louisiana and federal courts, Dean developed a comprehensive knowledge of admiralty and maritime law, Louisiana and federal workers’ compensation law, as well as Louisiana tort and insurance law. His legal practice is focused on insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith claims, admiralty and maritime law, and construction and civil litigation.
Since 1984, Dean has maintained an “AV Preeminent”® peer review rating™ in Martindale-Hubbell®. He was nominated by his peers and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America®, in the fields of admiralty law and insurance law, and in Louisiana Super Lawyers® in the field of insurance coverage. Dean was elected into the LSU Hebert Law Center “Hall of Fame.”
Dean is a co-author of Cases and Materials on Maritime Law by Maraist, Galligan, Maraist & Sutherland, American Casebook Series (WEST Group – Third Edition, 2015). His article on Louisiana insurance “bad faith” law received the 2007 Stephen T. Victory Award for the best feature article in the Louisiana Bar Journal.
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Dean authored another article that revisited this issue in the 2010 Louisiana Bar Journal.
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Dean served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Loyola University School of Law, teaching Maritime Personal Injury Law, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Employees’ Remedies (1984-1990) and Insurance Law (1998 – 2011). He is an Adjunct Professor at the LSU Hebert Law Center, where he teaches Maritime Personal Injury Law, Advanced Tort Litigation Seminar, and Admiralty and Maritime Law (1991, 2001- Present).
Dean has taught more than one-thousand attorneys and law students in trial advocacy and deposition legal education programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, LSU Hebert Law Center and Loyola Law School. He has received awards from NITA and LSU for his trial advocacy teaching.
In 1984, Dean co-founded the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has since been a member of the Faculty and Board of Directors. He served as the Program Director of the LADC Trial Academy for many years.
Dean coaches the LSU Hebert Law Center teams that compete in the national Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition. In 2010, he was awarded the inaugural Susan C. Kalinka “Coach of the Year Award” by the LSU Hebert Law Center Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Boards. His admiralty moot court teams have won numerous brief and oral advocacy awards, cumulating in the 2015 National Championship.
In 2003, Dean joined Jeansonne & Remondet as Of Counsel to its New Orleans’ office. He is a member of the American and Louisiana Bar Associations, as well as the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.
Dean has served on the LSU Hebert Law Center Board of Trustees and the LSU Hebert Law Center Chancellor’s Council since its inception. In 2007 – 2009, Dean served as the Chair Person of the LSU Hebert Law Center Chancellor’s Council. He has served as a Co-Founder, Master and Executive Committee Member of the Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court.
Dean is married to the former Rosalind Brewer. They have three children.