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Dean Bennett

Partner

800 W. Main Street, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702

Dean Bennett represents clients to resolve complex contract and business disputes. 

Dean has handled matters throughout the state of Idaho and regionally, and has tried complex cases to juries in both state and federal courts. He is also experienced in resolving matters through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and informal settlement negotiations between counsel. 

Dean previously served as a Law Clerk Extern for the Honorable Mikel H. Williams of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. He also served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Employment Counseling & Litigation: Dean represents clients in various labor and employment related disputes. He has represented employers in court and before state and federal agencies to resolve claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. He regularly writes and speaks on management-side employment matters.

Experience

Commercial Litigation

Dean’s practice focuses on efficiently resolving disputes involving restrictive covenant agreements, partnerships, limited liability companies, complex insurance matters, and various business torts. Dean works with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, insurance, transportation, hospitality, and technology. 

Labor & Employment

Dean advises small and large businesses in various labor and employment matters, including:

  • Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation
  • Administrative proceedings (EEOC and state civil rights commissions)
  • Appeals from administrative agency and court decisions
  • Breach of contract
  • Complex litigation
  • Discrimination claims (agency and court)
  • FLSA and FMLA
  • HR Counseling
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Wage and Hour, Equal Pay, Compensation, and Benefits

Client Results

General Litigation
  • Defended Fortune 500 private mortgage insurance company in federal district court against claims valued by the plaintiff at 100 million dollars, resulting in a favorable summary judgment decision.

  • Sought and received dismissal of business tort and RICO claims for large national insurance company in federal district court.

  • Successfully defended one of the nation’s largest light manufactures in federal district court product liability dispute involving claims valued by the plaintiff at more than $5 million.

  • Effectively represented Fortune 100 computer manufacture in defending against onerous third-party subpoena and resulting discovery dispute.

  • Defended large state agency against claims of constitutional due process violations resulting in favorable terms of settlement.

  • Represented multiple large public entities as part of litigation team to resolve complex disputes related to urban storm water.

  • Represented international oil company in megaloads case as part of litigation team whose work allowed the client to move equipment to keep an important regional refinery on-line. 

Employment Counseling and Litigation
  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s largest package companies in multiple litigation matters involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge.

  • Negotiated favorable result for privately owned mortgage bank in action against former employees who left their employment, took confidential trade secret information, and pursued a competing business.

  • Defended large retailer in federal district court against discrimination claims, prevailing at summary judgment.

  • Enforced terms of restrictive covenants for client against former employee by filing state court lawsuit and aggressively pursuing court intervention.

  • Counseled international services company on state and federal statutes and regulations related to wage and hour classification and white collar exemptions.

  • Successfully represented internet company against former employees who stole trade secret information and violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

  • Received numerous no probable cause determinations from the Idaho Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission for clients in various industries including government, hospitality, technology, and others.

Appellate Representation
  • Presented oral argument to Idaho Supreme Court resulting in reversal of the district court with remand instructions to enter judgment in favor of our client.

  • Achieved significant appellant victory for real estate company in appeal to the Ninth Circuit involving complex antitrust matters, including tying claims brought under the Sherman Act.

  • Handled appellate briefing to the Idaho Supreme Court for large regional construction management company, resulting in the Court affirming multi-million dollar judgment and awarding attorneys’ fees on appeal.

  • Represented prominent local businessman and politician in appeal to the Idaho Supreme Court, vindicating client’s suspicions of the misuse of public funds.

  • Represented large national oil company on appeal to Idaho Supreme Court successfully upholding district court decision dismissing significant tort claims.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, 2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, Up and Coming, 2016-2017
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Employment Litigation: Defense, Rising Star, 2015-2017
  • Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law, 2016
  • Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40 Award, 2014

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Downtown Boise Association, Board Member and Current President
  • Employment Law Alliance, Member, 2013-Present
  • Idaho State Bar
    Employment Law Section, Member, 2008-Present
    Commercial Litigation Section, Member, 2008-Present
    Exam Grader, 2010-Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2010-Present
  • Idaho State Courts, Pro Bono Attorney, 2008-2015
  • Editorial Advisory Board for The Advocate, the official publication of the Idaho State Bar, Board Member
  • Boise Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise Program, Graduate, 2013-2015
  • Concordia University School of Law, Law Student Mentor
  • Holland & Hart Foundation, 2013-2016
  • Idaho Wine Commission, Volunteer, 2013-Present
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