Dean Smith joined Taylor Blessey LLP in 2007 and is a partner of the firm. Mr. Smith has specialized in the defense of medical professionals, through all phases of civil litigation including trial, for more than 25 years. He has more than 15 years’ experience defending physicians in disciplinary proceedings before the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, and has defended health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings involving other state licensing boards, including the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the Physical Therapy Board of California. He has also participated in the prosecution and defense of dozens of medical staff peer review appeals, which has included representing physicians and medical staffs.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He has been a featured speaker at continuing education and risk management seminars on a wide range of topics such as techniques and tips for effective cross-examination in disciplinary proceedings, liability issues in obstetrical nursing, the legal aspects of discharging suicidal patients, defending physicians involved in related civil and criminal matters, and how to respond to attempts to circumvent the provisions of MICRA.
Mr. Smith graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1984 and from Loyola Law School in 1987, where he was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Program and an Articles Editor for the International & Comparative Law Journal. Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in all California state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California.