Dean Edward Collins

Attorney

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Education
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, JD, 1996
  • University of Pittsburgh, BA, 1989
Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
Affiliations
Director, Trustee, Firefighter, West Homestead Volunteer Fire Department, 1991 - present

Dean is an attorney in the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Department.  He emphasizes an analytical approach focused on creating a litigation plan centered on meeting the client's objective.  Dean’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation involving banks, loan servicers, credit card companies, and financial institutions.  He has substantial experience handling mortgage actions having efficiently represented multiple mortgage lenders and servicers in hundreds of matters commenced by homeowners seeking to prevent residential loan foreclosures across the country.  For over a year, Dean served as in-house counsel for a large financial institution, managing and defending a significant portfolio of mortgage-related litigation.  He performed all functions of an in-house counsel, including overseeing more than 200 matters, developing strategy, investigating claims, supervising outside counsel, evaluating settlement proposals, managing eDiscovery, and coordinating with decision-makers across multiple lines of business. These cases included not only breach of contract, fraud, and wrongful foreclosure claims, but also alleged statutory violations regarding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, and Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as well as state consumer protection statutes.  This valuable experience has given Dean insight into the needs of in-house counsel that enables him to provide excellent client service.  He practices in both state and federal court.

In addition to his litigation experience, Dean has experience representing celebrities, professionals, businesses and clients from all walks of life in contract disputes; real estate transfers; domestic relations; personal injury; criminal defense; estate planning; workers’ compensation, social security disability, and unemployment claims. 

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T: +1 412 667 7917F: +1 412 402 4195Tower Two-Sixty
260 Forbes Avenue
Suite 1800
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

Represented a large financial institution as in-house counsel, managing and defending a significant portfolio of mortgage-related litigation that has given me extensive contract interpretation, organization, litigation, problem-solving, strategy development, communication, and negotiation experience. 

Served as outside counsel representing financial institutions by managing mortgage litigation initiated by borrowers primarily focused in the states of California, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  In this position, liaise directly with client personnel, as well as in-house counsel, to work to resolve pending matters.

Represented a business specializing in service contracts on higher mileage vehicles as in-house counsel, responsible for all aspects of litigation; including negotiating settlements, preparing and answering pleadings, preparing and answering discovery, taking depositions (lay and expert witnesses), presenting and contesting motions, and representing the client in court proceedings in Pennsylvania and Ohio (bench and jury trials); directing legal team regarding coverage disputes, statutory compliance, misrepresentation and fraud allegations, and alleged violations of fair business practices; conducting investigations and prepare responses to complaints received from customers, private counsel, the Better Business Bureau, and various Attorney General Offices; developing and assess corporate operating policies and practices to ensure compliance and consistency while mitigating exposure to liability; and providing legal guidance on the operation of Human Resource practices, including hiring, firing, and discipline.

Represented celebrities, professionals, and businesses with various legal issues, including the frequent interpretation of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement with regard to player contracts, medical care and treatment, workers’ compensation, disciplinary hearings, and grievances; the formation of business entities and the development of competitive and profitable strategies, non-compete agreements, nondisclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements, and solicit, negotiate, prepare multi-year contracts with incentives, and endorsement deals.

Represented plaintiffs and claimants by diagnosing legal issues, conducting research, analyzing alternatives, assessing client’s position, and implementing solutions for general practice law firms specializing in employment contracts, labor law, civil litigation, contract disputes, real estate transfers, domestic relations, personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense, estate planning, and social security disability.