Curriculum Vitae - June 2009

Since opening her law firm in Benicia, California in 2003, Dana Dean has practiced real estate and land use law, focusing on litigation and land use development. With matters in Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, and Yolo counties, Ms. Dean has concluded dozens of cases involving disputed developments and related land use entitlements, as well as transactional, boundary, easement, and other traditional real estate claims.

Ms. Dean has successfully represented neighborhood groups, and project developers alike, at the city and county levels during all stages of CEQA process, and before various state agencies considering applications related to other entitlements. Ms. Dean has also successfully represented plaintiffs, defendants, buyers, sellers, agents and brokers, in real estate litigation matters related breach of contract, fraud, non- disclosure, and the like.

In 2007, having completed training through the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Ms. Dean began taking mediation assignments from the Solano County Superior Court, with a focus on mediating real estate and other contract disputes. Since then, Ms. Dean has obtained advanced training in Local Government and community group ADR. Thus, given her substantial experience in representing all types of parties in real estate and land use disputes, Ms. Dean is now in a unique position to resolve real estate and community disputes empathetically and efficiently.

Ms. Dean also has a long history of community involvement with particular focus on health issues and a current focus on children’s health and well-being. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Dean now serves on the Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees having previously served on the Joe Henderson School PTG as liaison to the site council. Ms. Dean served for several years on the Affordable Housing Affiliation Board and has been a Benicia Rotarian for the past 5 years.

Relevant Work Experience

  • Law Offices of Dana Dean,
    Managing Principal, 2003 to present
  • Office of the Attorney General, State of California, Department of Justice, Land and Natural Resource Sections
    Extern, 2002
  • U.S Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel,
    Law Clerk , 2002
  • Solano County District Attorney,
    CLS Intern, 2000-2001

Practice Areas

Land Use and Planning
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
Common Interest Developments
Subdivision Map Act
Project Development

Real Estate Transactions
Sales agreements
Lease agreements

Real Estate Litigation
Breach of Contract Actions
Non Disclosure/ Fraud Actions
Boundary Disputes
Quiet Title Actions


  • Admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of California,2003
  • Admitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District, 2004
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Northern District, 2007

Boards, Commissions, Elected Positions & Community Service

Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees
Trustee, 2008 to present

First Five Solano
Commissioner, 2009 to present

Good Neighbor Steering Committee
spokesperson, 2003 to present

Affordable Housing Affiliation
Board Member, 2005-2008

City of Benicia, Sky Valley Open Space Committee
Member. 2004-2007

Valero Community Advisory Panel
Member, 2003- 2007

Joe Henderson PTG
Board member, 2000-2004

Solano County Democratic Central Committee
Member, Vice-chair, Parliamentarian, 2004 to present;

California Democratic Party, Executive Board
Solano County Representative, 2005 to present

Rotary Club of Benicia
Member, Paul Harris Fellow, 2005 to present

Benicia Chamber of Commerce
Member, 2009


Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, John F. Kennedy University SOL, 2002

Mediating the Litigated Case, 42 hr training, Straus Institute, Pepperdine SOL, 2007

Awards and Publications

Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence (Am Jur), Real Property, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Remedies, Business Associations, 2000, 2001, 2002.

Author, "The Residual Exception to the Hearsay Rule: Desperate Last Resort or Forgotten Ninth Circuit Gem?" 1 JFKU Volume 10 (2004).

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • Solano County Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association (Member, Real Estate Section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California (Member, Sections on: Real Estate Property; Litigation)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Real Property, Environmental; Energy; Resources; State & Local Government Law; Probate & Estates; Litigation)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Rotary Club of Benicia.
Dana Dean, Attorney at Law, candidate for Trustee, Benicia Unified School District