David J. Dean, Esq. is a senior trial attorney on all matters in the Firm’s practice. Mr. Dean was the Chief Trial Counsel for the plaintiffs in the Agent Orange Class Action, representing more than two million Vietnam Veterans in their claims against seven chemical companies. His work was described in published Federal Court decisions as “extraordinary” and of “exceptional quality.” David’s exceptional trial skills were evident in the civil trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, where, as the lead trial attorney, he obtained an unprecedented verdict against the Port Authority for its failure to take steps to prevent the terrorist attack. In a suit against the City of New York, Mr. Dean obtained a $92 million verdict.
David won a $25 million verdict for a laborer injured at a worksite, and a $24.5 million verdict for a man who tripped on the stairs of an apartment building causing him to become a paraplegic. He obtained a verdict against the Transit Authority for $28.5 million for a woman whose leg was severely injured when she was struck by a train. He recently won a $10.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. Such results are only a small sample of his work, which has earned him a respected and feared trial reputation.
David has been named in Super Lawyers magazine as one of New York’s top lawyers, and has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. A national legal publication recently named David as “one of America’s great trial lawyers.” David has also received the highest rating (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.* A 1961 graduate of Georgetown Law Center, David joined the firm in 1997 and has been a Member since 1999. He has often lectured at various law schools and bar associations on all aspects of trial practice.
Glenn Dopf, Esq.
LL.M., International Law, New York University School of Law, 1983
J.D., Fordham University School of Law, 1979
B.S., Fordham University, cum laude, 1975
Member, Bar of the State of New Jersey, 1979
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1979
Member, Bar of the State of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1980
Member, Bar of the United States Court of International Trade, 1981
Member, Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1983
Biographee, Who’s Who in American Law, Sixth through Fourteenth, Eighteenth Editions, Nineteenth Editions
Biographee, Who’s Who in America, Fifty-Fourth through Sixty-Eighth Editions, Seventieth Edition
Biographee, Who’s Who in the World, Twentieth through Thirty-Second Editions
Legal Employment History
Member, June 2012 – Present
>Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf
Member, February 1982 – May 2012
>Martin Clearwater & Bell
Associate, January 1980 – September 1981
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
While employed by the New York County District Attorney’s Office and Martin Clearwater & Bell, Mr. Dopf obtained extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation. He has litigated major actions to conclusion in both State and Federal Court as a partner at Kopff, Nardelli & Dopf LLP.
Laurie R. Kuslansky, Ph.D.
Specialized Professional Competence
Witness and attorney evaluation and preparation
Opening and closing statement analysis
Case theme identification
Development and implementation of persuasive communication strategies
Jury profiling and Jury Selection
Education and Persuasion
32 years of trial consulting:
Consulted on over 1,000 civil and criminal cases
Supported numerous regulatory commission hearings
Expert witness: Ariel Sharon v. Time, Inc., libel trial, January 1983
Translator: Deportation trial of Nazi war criminal for OSI (Office of Special Investigations), Baltimore, MD.
Witness: Departments of Justice and the Treasury on the accuracy of translated material 1980-1992
Ph.D., Psychology, Columbia University, 1992, Column I Doctoral Dissertation: “Referential Communication: The Skills Needed to Form Effective Messages to Promote Comprehension.”
M.A., Linguistics, Columbia University, 1979, magna cum laude
B.A., Linguistics, Queens College, 1976, magna cum laude
Professional Employment History
2012 – Present Expert Jury Consultant, Dr. Laurie Kuslansky and Associates, LLC New York
2012 – Present National Managing Director, Jury Research & Consulting, A2L Consulting
1999 – 2012 Senior Jury Consultant and Director of Client Development, TrialGraphix, New York
1998 – 1999 Trial Consultant, FTI Consulting, New York
1992 – 1998 Director, DecisionQuest, New York
1980 – 1992 Litigation Consultant; Expert Witness; Court Interpreter; Investigative Aid