Dean McVay


Dean McVay is a partner in the San Bernardino office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Healthcare and Insurance Coverage Practices. Mr. McVay has over 30 years of experience in civil litigation including health care litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, real estate, and commercial litigation. Mr. McVay has extensive experience defending physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other healthcare and long-term care professionals and organizations. He handles cases ranging from pre-litigation matters, to trial, and appeals.

He handles the following types of matters:

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Long Term Care & Elder Law
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation (Homeowner, Commercial General Liability, and Automobile Policies)
  • Examinations Under Oath and extensive work with Special Investigation Units 
  • Breach of Contract and Business Torts 
  • Civil litigation including binding arbitrations, trials and appeals
  • Appellate Practice (Writs and Appeals) 

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Long-Term Care & Elder Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • General Liability
  • COVID-19: Healthcare/Long-Term Care/Regulatory
  • COVID-19: Insurance Coverage
  • COVID-19: Commercial & Contractual Litigation Disputes


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 - present; Vice President; Board Member; Executive Committee Member; Governance Chair; Marketing Committee Chair)
  • San Bernardino County Museum Association (Board Member; Vice-President; President 2016 - 2018)
  • Association of California Symphony Orchestras (Board Member; Secretary; Vice President 2018 - present)
  • Community Hospital of San Bernardino (Foundation Board Member and Vice Chair)
  • University of La Verne Faculty Senate (Senator, 2020 - present)

Awards & Honors

  • “Golden Baton” Award, San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year,” University of La Verne College of Law, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 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

Legal Experience

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