As a seasoned personal injury, products liability, and business litigation attorney, Dean P. Dedmon is a highly committed, recognized, and respected professional in his areas of practice. He has been recognized by many organizations for his skills in and out of the courtroom. Dean was selected for inclusion upon the Thomson Reuters SuperLawyers Rising Stars list in the area of business litigation in 2011, and has been selected for inclusion upon the Thomson Reuters SuperLawyers list in the area of business litigation for the years 2012, 2013 and 2016 to 2019. He has also been selected for inclusion in the American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Tennessee for the years 2014 to 2018.
Dean began his practice in the insurance defense arena in actions as varied as defending doctors in medical malpractice actions to defending property owners in premises liability actions, and car accident litigation. After eight years of serving as an insurance defense attorney, Dean turned his sights to the representation of injured individuals in the same types of actions he was defending and has never looked back. As a result of his representation of Plaintiffs in these types of cases, Dean has been involved in the resolution of millions of dollars of personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, sexual molestation, and business litigation actions. It is Dean’s belief that his service as insurance defense counsel prepared and trained him well towards the service of injured individuals involved in the same circumstances.
Dean’s litigation experience has significant depth and breadth and to limit his activities to one area of litigation is simply impossible. Not only has he litigated cases in the areas of personal injury and business litigation, but he has also had significant experience in cases as varied as premises liability actions, sexual molestation cases involving children, car accident litigation, domestic relations and even felony criminal cases. As a founding partner in the firm of Jenkins|Dedmon|Hayes Law Group LLP, Dean is committed to litigating and trying cases for catastrophically injured individuals regardless of their situation in life. He devotes his practice to personal injury and business litigation, representing plaintiffs throughout Tennessee and Missouri in actions relating to motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, wrongful death, premises liability, sexual molestation claims, business litigation (both plaintiff and defense), and domestic relations.
For the last twelve years, Dean has served as the Municipal Court Judge for the City of Dyersburg, Tennessee, exercising both municipal and General Sessions Criminal Jurisdiction. In this capacity, he has heard cases involving a myriad of issues ranging from minor property ordinance infractions to premediated first degree homicide preliminary hearings. Dean is a continuing member of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, having served upon working committees for the organizations in the past.
He has demonstrated a strong passion on behalf of his clients who have suffered devastating and catastrophic injuries and has achieved a large number of substantial recoveries as a result.
Dean graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1993 before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1996. He was admitted to the Tennessee State Bar in 1996 and Missouri State Bar in 2011 and has earned admission to the U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Eighth Circuits. Dean is also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Dean is a Sustaining Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, and he served as a Hearing Panel Member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (District VIII), from 2011 to 2017. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Co-Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Committee, 2005-2006), the Dyer County Bar Association (past president), the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar Association. He is also active in his community as a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church (past parish council member) and on the Board of Directors with the Davy Crockett District of the Boy Scouts of America.
In his leisure time, Dean enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid bicycle rider, walker, runner, and hunter. He is an Eagle Scout (1987) and a Patron Benefactor Life Member of the National Rifle Association.