Dean Fealk advises leading multinational companies on a wide range of legal and strategic issues related to doing business overseas.

Dean leads the Global Equity Practice at DLA Piper. He frequently serves as managing international legal counsel for multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and matters implicating corporate, securities, regulatory, tax, labor, foreign exchange and data privacy. Dean has considerable experience in cross-border equity-based compensation programs and international employment matters in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Dean regularly counsels on international and cross-border aspects of international data privacy, immigration, intellectual property protection, choice of entity, tax and corporate structure. He also advises on a broad array of international employment matters including codes of conduct, employee handbooks, work rules, personnel policies, independent contractor agreements, offer letters, employment agreements, proprietary information and assignment of invention agreements, secondment agreements, lay-offs and redundancies, discipline and terminations, settlements and release and waivers.

On the transactional side, Dean has provided counsel on more than US$30 billion in cross-border deals, among them mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings and integrations. He has led over a hundred international expansion and structuring projects for companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 multinationals. Representative industries include high tech, financial services, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, life sciences, energy, media, manufacturing and distribution. Dean serves on the board of directors of various civic organizations and has advised governments and politicians at various levels on public policy issues.  He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and taught as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at law schools in the US and abroad. While in law school, Dean was the first US citizen to clerk at the Constitutional Court of Korea. He also externed for Chief Federal District Judge Bernard A. Friedman and at the US Department of Justice.

Active in civic affairs and public policy, Dean is a Fulbright Scholar, Marshall Memorial Fellow, Truman National Security Fellow and Carnegie New Leader of the Carnegie Council. He acts as lead outside counsel to the Halifax International Security Forum and sits on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council, California Business Roundtable and Foundation for Sustainable Development. He has served on the advisory group to the California Economic Strategy Panel, the Finance Council of the California Democratic Party, the Executive Committee for International Law of the State Bar of California and the Council for International Trade of the California Chamber of Commerce. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, was selected for a Presidential Management Fellowship and served on the National Security Advisory Board of a leading presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008. Dean traveled to China and Mexico as a trade and investment delegate for the Governor of California in 2013 and 2014. Dean is a graduate of the 2009-2010 class of Leadership San Francisco and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

Dean is a member of DLA Piper's North American Pro Bono Committee.