Dean H. McVay


  • location icon San Bernardino, CA
    650 East Hospitality Lane
    Suite 600
    San Bernardino, CA 92408

Dean McVay is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. Mr. McVay has over 27 years of experience in civil litigation including insurance coverage and bad faith, real estate and commercial litigation.

He handles the following types of matters:

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation (Homeowner, Commercial General Liability, and Automobile Policies)
  • Examinations Under Oath and extensive work with Special Investigation Units
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Appellate Practice (Writs and Appeals)
  • Breach of Contract and Business Torts
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Civil litigation including binding arbitrations, trials and appeals

Legal Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, University of La Verne College of Law (1997-present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Western State College of Law (1995-1998)


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Central District of California
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of California


California (1990)

United States District Courts

Central District (1990) and Northern District of California (1999)

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1999)


  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association (President, 2012-2013; Board Member 2009-present)
  • San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra (President, 2017 to present; Vice President; Board Member; Executive Committee Member; Governance Chair; Marketing Committee Chair)
  • San Bernardino County Museum Association (Board Member; Vice-President; President 2016 to present)
  • Association of California Symphony Orchestras (Board Member; Secretary)
  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino (Foundation Board Member and Vice Chair)

Awards & Honors

  • “Golden Baton” Award, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, 2015
  • “Adjunct Professor of the Year,” University of La Verne College of Law, 2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2012-2013 and 2011-2012.
  • “Excellence in Teaching Award,” University of La Verne, 2004
  • "Professor of the Year," University of La Verne, College of Law, 2000


Vanderbilt University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1990

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science, 1987

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