R. Dean Gresham

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Dallas, TX

Steckler Gresham Cochran PLLC
 | 12720 Hillcrest Rd, Suite 1045
Dallas, TX 75230
Phone: 972-833-8328
Fax: 972-387-4041
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

R. Dean Gresham is an attorney at Steckler Gresham Cochran in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Gresham practices personal injury law, representing Dallas residents injured due to asbestos exposure, birth injuries, brain injuries, car accidents, construction accidents, dangerous prescription drugs, defective consumer products, defective medical devices, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, spinal cord injuries, truck accidents and workplace injuries.

Mr. Gresham has more than 15 years of experience negotiating and trying major injury matters. Over the course of his career, he has successfully litigated numerous complex cases against large corporations, resulting in substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Recognizing his accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Gresham an AV Preeminent* peer review rating for the highest level of legal ability and ethical standards. D magazine has also listed him among the best lawyers in Dallas during multiple years and in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers named him one of the “top 100 trial lawyers in Texas.”

Mr. Gresham is an active member of the legal community. He belongs to the Dallas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Public Justice and the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America. He is a member of the New Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice and the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono College.

Mr. Gresham graduated cum laude from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree. He earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. He holds a license to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma and before Texas federal and bankruptcy courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (70%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%): Asbestos, Toxic Torts

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Asbestos, Toxic Torts

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

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White Papers

  • Following the Money: Pleading and Proving a Qui Tam Case (2009) - A. Introduction: It is estimated that almost 10 percent of the United States’ annual budget (or $300 billion) is paid to companies or persons as a result of defrauding the federal government each year.  Fraud against the government affects everyone and can take many forms.  It can occur in virtually every arena in which federal and/or state funds are used directly or indirectly to purchase goods or services from private entities.  In general, fraud follows the money and occurs most often in the areas where the government is spending the most money.  In the 1980s, many qui tam (or whistleblower) actions were brought against Department of Defense contractors.  Since the 1990s, the majority of qui tam actions involved fraud against the federally funded medical health insurance programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Tri-Care.  Recently, however, the False Claims Act is being used to prosecute fraud resulting from violations of labor, trade, and environmental laws.  Because fraud is only limited by the ingenuity of those who perpetrate it, attorneys and their whistleblower clients must remain diligent in investigating, understanding, and prosecuting fraud against the government.  This paper discusses the background and purpose of qui tam actions, how to investigate and prove a claim under the False Claims Act, and the various types of government fraud that exist today. 

  • Who's Your Daddy? How to Establish Corporate Paternity (2008) - An article published by several reporters and presented at various CLEs across the nation related to how to establish respondeat superior and other types of vicarious liability.

  • About Dean Gresham

    Admitted: 2000, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.stecklerlaw.com/people/r-dean-gresham/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Granted membership into the prestigious Order of the Lytae at STCL, Order of the Lytae, 2000
    • Dean received the prestigous award of being named as one of the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys in the USA., Nations Top One Percent of Attorneys in the USA, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2019
    • D Magazine, Named One of the Top Lawyers in Dallas, 2009
    • Peers voted and ranked Dean Gresham as one of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Dallas in 2011., Named one of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2011
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2013
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers Association, awarding body, 2015
    • Named One of the Top 25 Mass Tort Lawyers by TNTLA, 2017
    • Received highest grade in Conflicts of Law course at STCL, AM JUR Conflicts of Law, 1999
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2011
    • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
    • Voted Best Lawyer in Dallas by Peers - D Magazine, 2016
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers Assn, awarding body, 2016
    • Received highest grade in Legal Research & Writing course at STCL, AM JUR Legal Research & Writing, 1997
    • Gresham was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubble and received 5 out of 5, the highest possible rating., AV Preeminent / 5 out of 5 Rating from Martindale Hubbell, rating agency, 2010
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2012
    • Voted Best Lawyer in Dallas (Class Action) by Peers, D Magazine, 2015
    • Voted Best Lawyer in Dallas by Peers - D Magazine, 2017
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas, The National Trial Lawyers Assn, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern, Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern, Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern, Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
    • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Texas
    • Oklahoma
    • State Bar of Texas, Pro Bono College
    • Dallas Bar Association
    • American Association of Justice, New Lawyers Division
    • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
    • Appointed as vice co-chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference Committee, 2019
    • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2019
    • Selected to the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association's Business Litigation Group, 2019
    • Re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Appointed to the Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee, 2018
    • Re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Appointed to the Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Committee, 2018
    • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, 2010
    • Appointed to the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee, 2018
    • Appointed to the DBA's Board of Directors for the Business Litigation Group, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Dean represented the Texas Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on a pro bono basis through the Legal Beagles project, 2006
    • Dean represented victims of the 9/11 tragedy on a pro bono basis through the Trial Lawyers Care project, 2003

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Pleading and Proving a Whistleblower Case under the False Claims Act, University of Texas Page Keeton Law Conference, Austin, 2009
    • Author / Speaker, Who's Your Daddy: How to Establish Corporate Paternity, AAJ Interstate Trucking Lawyers' Conference in Chicago, 2008
    • Author / Speaker, The First 120 Days: From Investigation to Expert Report, State Bar of Texas Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, San Antonio, 2005
    • Author / Speaker, Exploring Healthcare Fraud & Abuse: The Application of the False Claims Act, State Bar of Texas Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, 2006
    • Author / Speaker, The First 120 Days: From Investigation to Expert Report, Corpus Christi Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar, 2005
    • Author / Speaker, My Favorite Tricks, State Bar of Texas Advanced Medical Malpractice Course, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2004
    • Author, Discovery Update, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Personal Injury Course, 2003
    • Author / Speaker, Smoking Out the Truth Without Getting Burned, Corpus Christi Bar Association Advanced Civil Trial Seminar, 2004
    • Author, LEVERAGE: Leading the Leprechaun Over the Rainbow to the Pot of Gold, State Bar of Texas Advanced Discovery Strategies Course, 2003
    • Spoke on the topic of using Focus Groups in litigation., Speaker, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2014

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Dean successfully resolved a complicated "wrongful adoption" case on behalf of a couple who adopted a little girl from China that has severe special needs.  The children's home that had custody of the little girl went out of its way to ensure that the family did not know about the child's sever special needs until they adopted her and returned to the USA.  The children's home did not have any insurance so Dean filed lawsuits in Seattle and New York agains the board members that participated in the fraud on the family.  The case was litigated for four years before successfully resolving in 2019.https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/08/12/cbs11-i-team-adoption-heartbreak/, 2019
    • Successfully resolved a premises liability case on behalf of the family of a woman who was murdered by a serial killer in a retirement home community.  https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article232997897.html, 2019
    • Dean filed a lawsuit against Manhattan Cryobank after the donor sperm it sold to his client resulted in the birth of a child with the genetic disease of thalassemia.  Dean arbitrated the case with JAMS New York and received an award in favor of his client., 2018
    • Successfully resolved a class action against JPay, Inc. for overbilling prison inmates for video calls to families and friends, 2019
    • Successfully resolved a lawsuit involving an aircraft fueler who was struck by lightning while refueling an aircraft at DFW airport, 2013
    • Successfully resolved a case for a 5 year old girl left in a persistent vegetative state after the car in which she was riding was struck by an 18-wheeler driven by a student while the "trainer" slept in the bunk, 2018
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a man killed in a boating accident on July 4, 2017
    • Successfully resolved a case involving over 220 homes near the LBJ Expressway in Dallas. The homeowners claimed that construction of the highway resulted in foundational damage to their homes. The first, bellwether case was tried to a successful verdict and the case resolved on a global basis for all homeowners, 2018
    • Worked as part of the litigation team on a large breach of fiduciary duty and RICO case involving a family dispute among one of Texas' largest oil heirs.  Settlement amount is confidential, 2010
    • Successfully resolved lawsuit brought by parents against a sperm bank after their child was born with cystic fibrosis.  The lawsuit alleged that the sperm bank did not properly perform genetic screening for cystic fibrosis, 2012
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a physical therapist who was hit by an 18-wheeler and severely injured, 2014
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a man who was killed after being hit by an 18-wheeler that failed to yield the right of way, 2013
    • Successfully resolved a case against a cryobank for a couple who conceived a child with donor sperm that contained a genetic disease. The life care plan for the child's future medical care needs exceeded $24 million, 2018
    • Settled a legal and accounting malpractice case against a national law firm and a regional accounting firm for a confidential amount, 2010
    • Represented a partner after he withdrew from a law firm and had a dispute about the amount of money he was owed under the partnership agreement.  Resolved for a confidential amount, 2011
    • Successfully resolved a national class action against involving a false and misleading claim on the product label that the product was "all natural" when in fact it contained synthetic, non-natural ingredients, 2013
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a man and his daughter that were hit by an 18-wheeler and suffered serious injuries, 2013
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a man severely injured after being hit by an 18-wheeler with over $2 million dollars in past medical expenses, 2017
    • Recovered $3 million settlement for a girl who was struck by a drunk driver and suffered severe PTSD, 2011
    • Successfully resolved a case involving a family hit by an 18-wheeler that crashed into a vehicle, killing the two grandparents and severely injuring a 5 year old girl whose future life care plan was approximately $13 million, 2018
    • Successfully resolved a securities case against a regional bank that accidentally purchased CITI bonds instead of CIT Group Bonds and caused a large loss to the investor.  Settled for a confidential amount, 2010
    • Successfully resolved a complex medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital that prematurely discharged a patient who later suffered a severe brain injury requiring 24 hour care for the rest of her life, 2013

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2014
    • Named as one of the "Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2009
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
    • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2012
    • Named as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2018
    • Named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2015
    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2018
    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2015
    • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2017
    • Named as one of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, 2011
    • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in America, 2018
    • Named as one of the Top 40 lawyers under 40 in USA by National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Big Verdict obtained Dallas County by Dean Gresham https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2017/02/10/bumpy-road-lie-ahead-lbj-express-builder-jury-awards-248000-homeowner, 2017
    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2016
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Dallas by Thomson Reuters, 2017
    • Named as one of the "Best Business Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2009
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2013
    • Named one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas for Class Actions by D Magazine, 2016
    • Selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2017
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    Office Location for R. Dean Gresham

    12720 Hillcrest Rd
    Suite 1045
    Dallas, TX 75230

    Phone: 972-833-8328

    Fax: 972-387-4041

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