Jessica Dean is a founding partner of Dean Omar Branham Shirley, a law firm in Dallas, Texas. Jessica Dean has commanded some of the most significant landmark verdicts as a plaintiff counsel for personal injury lawsuits as a trial attorney. Jessica Dean grew up as one of eight children before becoming an attorney, and she appreciates using her legal skills to help those who share her socioeconomic background. Jessica Dean’s father, who worked more than 80 hours a week making planes for McDonnell-Douglas, instilled a strong work ethic and ambition while she grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jessica Dean went to the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. In 2003, she got her Juris Doctor cum laude and was admitted to the Texas State Bar. Jessica Dean joined the State Bar of California in 2008 and the State Bar of Pennsylvania in 2012.
She has lived in Dallas since graduating from law school. She is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and the Trial Lawyers Associations of Texas and Dallas.
Jessica Dean has been named a Texas Super Lawyers Honoree and a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for her legal efforts over the years. She has also been called the “Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in Dallas” and the “Top Young Lawyers in Dallas.”
Jessica Dean worked for several Dallas law firms before forming a private law business with partners Amin Omar, Trey Branham, and Lisa Shirley to focus on consumer and labor rights. From its beginnings in Dallas, Dean Omar Branham Shirley has grown to defend ordinary hardworking Americans who have been injured or put in danger due to the negligent or destructive actions of numerous business entities and their senior executives.
In the first case, Dean Omar Branham Shirley was the plaintiff counsel to win a jury verdict against a company that had knowingly made accusations against cancer patients. The jury awarded the plaintiff $2 million, which the Court of Appeals affirmed in 2006. In addition to winning this landmark verdict, Dean Omar Branham Shirley obtained a “no-fault” settlement of $30 million and a record-setting punitive damage award in another case in Texas that led to federal criminal prosecution and one of the most prominent prison terms ever served for an individual corporate defendant