Dean N. Panos is a litigator. Fortune 500 companies and other public and private companies seek his representation in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the United States. He has served as lead trial counsel on numerous jury and bench trials and argued several cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Mr. Panos is nationally recognized in representing several of the largest food and beverage and consumer product manufacturers in class action and complex commercial litigation. He has also served as lead on several consumer and food product recalls. Mr. Panos has also served as trial counsel to a major airline in connection with two commercial aviation accidents.
Mr. Panos has represented numerous large manufacturers and private equity firms in claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation in connection with corporate mergers and acquisitions. Corporate Boards of Directors and Audit Committees have also sought his counsel on a variety of internal investigations involving financial and accounting fraud, mismanagement and employee wrongdoing. Mr. Panos frequently represents clients in criminal grand jury investigations, as well as corporations and executives in SEC investigations or claims. He has served as Acting Inspector General for governmental and other public agencies conducting investigations into vendor and employee fraud.
Mr. Panos is ranked in Chambers in the Nationwide, Food & Beverages: Regulatory & Litigation category. Clients praise him for being "extremely knowledgeable." Mr. Panos is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. In 2017, he was recognized by Law360 as an “MVP” in the food and beverage category. He is the Chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Defense Practice and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Action, and Real Estate and Construction Litigation Practices. He is also a member of the firm’s Policy Committee and the Real Estate Finance Litigation and Workout Task Force. Mr. Panos has tried to verdict several felony cases for pro bono clients.