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Barbara J. Dean

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Charlotte, North Carolina

Barbara Dean has practiced with Dean & Gibson, PLLC since 1993. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she was admitted to practice in North Carolina in 1973, and has lived in Charlotte since then.

Prior to working with Dean & Gibson, PLLC, Barbara first worked as an assistant district attorney and later practiced in commercial litigation, insurance defense, and creditor representation in bankruptcy cases.

Her practice at Dean & Gibson, PLLC has been civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, legal malpractice defense, and motion and appellate practice. Although she does occasional pro bono work,  she is semi-retired and no longer accepting new cases.

Former Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Bankruptcy Claims and Adversary Proceeding Defense

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1984


  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
    • M.A.T. - 1969
  • Denison University, Granville, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Honors: With Honors

Representative Cases

  • Gaston County Dyeing Mach. Co. v. Northfield Ins. Co., 351 N.C. 293, 524 S.E. 2d 558 (2000)
  • Reid v. Ayers, 138 N.C.App. 261, 531 S.E.2d 231 (2000)
  • Lida Mfg. Co., Inc. v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 116 N.C. App. 592, 448 S.E.2d 854 (1994)

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Mortar Board

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • NC Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar


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