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Dean McVay

Dean McVay, Esq.

Immed. Past President


Dean McVay is a resident of Upland, California, where he has lived since 2000. He is an attorney and a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith since 2003, in their San Bernardino office, where he practices civil litigation in the Healthcare Practice Group. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, where he has taught since 1996.


Mr. McVay is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology in 1987. He then graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1990 and moved to Southern California to begin the practice of law.


Dean volunteers as a Board Member in several local non-profit organizations. He has been a member of the San Bernardino Symphony Board of Directors since 2004 and served as President of the Board from 2017 to 2022. He also serves as a board member of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association (President, 2012-2013; Board Member 2009-present; Vice President 2023); San Bernardino County Museum Association (President 2017-18; Immediate Past President 2018-19; Vice President 2020-present); Association of California Symphony Orchestras (Board Member; Secretary; Vice President 2019-2021; Conference Chair 2022-2023); Dignity Health Inland Empire Foundation (Board Member and prior Vice-Chair); The Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino (Board Member 2018 to present); University of La Verne Senate (Senator for the College of Law 2020 to present); Ophelia’s Jump Productions (Board Member 2022 to present); and Inland Valley Repertory Theater (Board Member 2022 to present).


Dean received the San Bernardino Symphony’s most prestigious “Golden Baton” Award in 2015. He has also been awarded “Adjunct Professor of the Year” at the University of La Verne College of Law each year from 2011 to 2021, and also received the University-wide “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the University of La Verne in 2004, as well as “Professor of the Year” (from amongst both full time and part-time faculty) from the University of La Verne, College of Law in 2000.


As a child, Dean learned to play the piano on his Great Grandmother’s upright grand, and as a teenager, he played for his local church services, baptisms, and weddings. He also played French horn in grade school, middle school, high school, and law school with the Vanderbilt Wind Ensemble as well as with Community Concert Bands. His love of the Arts, classical music and musical performance motivated him to serve with

various local non-profit Arts organizations as his way to “give back” to the community. In his free time, he is a patron of the Southern California Arts scene, and also rescues Cocker Spaniels with various local rescue organizations.

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