Justin M. Dean

Shareholder || Kansas City

Justin Dean is a Shareholder in Ogletree Deakins’ Kansas City office and has extensive experience litigating and advising on a wide range of employment and personnel-related matters. His experience also includes litigating both single plaintiff and class/collective action lawsuits in both state and federal courts in matters involving a variety of claims, including discrimination/harassment/retaliation under state and/or federal laws, FLSA and state wage and hour violations, Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, and alleged data breaches. Justin also regularly advises management on personnel matters and compliance with employment laws, including Title VII, the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, FCRA and state employment laws. Additionally, Justin has conducted and/or directed investigation of numerous employment-related complaints and has provided training to management on employment laws, harassment prevention, performance counseling, documentation and related issues.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Justin served as Assistant General Counsel for a large financial institution, where his work focused primarily on employment-related matters, but also included handling contract and other compliance-related matters. He also previously practiced as a member of the Business and Employment Litigation and Corporate Finance groups at Shook Hardy & Bacon, an international, full-practice law firm, and he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nanette K. Laughrey, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.

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  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1999
  • A.B., Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996

Admittance to Practice

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program (Class of 2011)
  • United Way Young Leaders Society


  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Background Checks/Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)" - Overland Park - October 18, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2017 - "FLSA Flubs and Fumbles: A Look at Wage and Hour Missteps (and How to Avoid Them in Your Workplace)" - Overland Park - October 20, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2016 - "FCRA: Employment Law’s Newest Four-Letter Word" - Kansas City - October 22, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2015 - "HR in the Movies" - North Kansas City - October 9, 2014
  • Kansas SHRM Conference - "Dealing with Difficult Employees - Discharge, Discipline . . . or Denial" - Wichita - September 18, 2014
  • Interactive HR Workshop - "Internal Investigations: Risks and Rewards" - Kansas City - November 20, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2014 - "Social Media" - Overland Park - October 8, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2014 - "Nebraska Law Update" - Omaha - September 17, 2013
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Regulations Seminar - "Medicine, Merriment, Mischief, Mayhem, and Marijuana: Is the Workplace Going to Pot?" - Wichita - August 21, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "EEOC Enforcement Guidelines on Employers' Use of Arrest and Conviction Records" - Kansas City - February 26, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2013 - "In-House Counsel Roundtable Discussion - Laying All the Aces on the Table" - Kansas City - October 4, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing for the Finance Industry - "Targeted Issues of Potential Liability for the Finance Industry" - Kansas City - August 16, 2012
  • October 3, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Failure to Submit Medical Release Valid Reason for Termination"
  • 2005 - William C. Martucci ed., Thomson West - "William C. Martucci, et al., Employment Law and Practice"
  • Winter 1999 - 64 Mo. L. Rev. 187 - "Note, Missouri’s Law on Admissibility of Other Crimes Evidence: Increasing Inclusivity?"
  • Summer 1998 - 63 Mo. L. Rev. 801 - "Note, Going, Going, Almost Gone: The Loss of Employees’ Rights to Bring Statutory Discrimination Claims in Court"
  • Missouri Super Lawyer
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor-in-Chief, Missouri Law Review