Dean Elwell represents businesses and individuals in white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation, and government contracting matters. With a focus on federal litigation, Dean has handled cases involving RICO, ERISA, FCA, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, honest services fraud, national security, and civil rights. Dean also has substantial experience with matters involving common law fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition, negligence, title defects, restrictive covenants, wage and hour disputes, and employment discrimination.
In a recent public corruption jury trial, Dean secured not guilty verdicts on all felony charges and judgment of acquittal on a charge of structuring a contract to avoid procurement law.
As a Special Assistant District Attorney, Dean investigates and prosecutes conflict cases for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dean is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council, which publishes BLS Bench Notes, a guide to practice in the Business Litigation Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Prior to joining McCarter, Dean clerked for the Honorable William G. Young in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He also interned for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable William P. Robinson III in the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In his third year of law school, Dean worked in the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston and as a research assistant to Professor Daniel R. Coquillette, Senior Editor of Moore’s Federal Practice and Reporter to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Dean was recognized for best brief and top oralist in the Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court competition, and his publication in the Boston College Law Review is now required reading in an advanced evidence course.