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. Ms. Dean has successfully concluded dozens of cases involving disputed developments and related land use entitlements, as well as transactional, boundary, easement and other traditional real estate claims. She routinely assists and advises clients in Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Yolo and Los Angeles counties.
Ms. Dean has successfully represented neighborhood groups and project developers alike at city and county levels during all stages of the 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, Dana began taking mediation assignments from the Solano County Superior Court, with a focus on mediating real estate and other contract disputes. Since then, she has obtained advanced mediation training in local government and land use dispute resolution. With her substantial experience in representing all types of parties in real estate and land use disputes, Ms. Dean brings an experienced, unique perspective to resolving real estate and community land use disputes with empathy and efficiency.
Dana 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. Having previously served on the Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees, Ms. Dean now serves on the Solano County Board of Education as Trustee for Area 3. In addition, she was recently reappointed to a second four-year term as Commissioner for First Five Solano.