Dean Seman, a civil litigator for nearly 20 years, defends architects, engineers and licensed professionals in state and federal courts in areas including defective design and construction litigation, environmental litigation, toxic torts, and general liability. Dean relies on the knowledge and technical skills that he gained through his former experience as an environmental engineer to successfully defend professional liability matters.
Within Dean’s experience in the construction industry is specific representation of architects, engineers, developers and contractors against design and property damage defect claims and personal injury claims. His technical background allows him to cost-effectively defend these matters by quickly grasping the construction concepts at issue. In one particular case, an association initiated a $2.3 million construction defect claim, spurring multiple state and appellate litigation proceedings and arbitration. Dean was able to resolve his client’s matter with the plaintiffs taking no action in support of its claims.
Dean’s environmental work encompasses defense against professional negligence as well as with matters regarding Superfund, contaminated properties, storage tank releases, fracking, and hazardous wastes. He also handles toxic exposure and mold claims. Dean has effectively defended an environmental laboratory concerning alleged negligent reporting that reportedly affected the development and marketing of remedial technology in the waste water treatment industry. This complex matter involved the feasibility of the remedial technology as well as speculative future earnings and patent claims.
He defends numerous national, regional and local businesses in tort matters involving dangerous conditions, defective products and negligent conduct. Through his practice and trial experience, Dean has achieved successful results and settlements for his clients.
Dean regularly publishes and speaks at national conferences on his specialty areas. During Law School, Dean was a member of the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and published an article that has been cited by Federal and State courts. He also interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and worked Part-Time at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He enjoys his leisure time outdoors and coaching and volunteering for the Berwyn/Paoli Area Little League baseball and softball.