The Dean Law Group was awarded the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Annual Award For Outstanding Public Service By A Law Firm Or Agency in May 2006. The firm is a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated law firm.

As a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Merrianne Dean has served as the Co-Chair of SDCBA’s Probate and Estate Section in 2005-2006. She is also a member of the Lawyers Club and volunteers her time on the Community Outreach Committee. She has twice been awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, and holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV “Preeminent” rating.

In addition, Ms. Dean has been a member of the San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee since 2003 where she has worked with other attorneys, probate court staff and the probate judges to improve the services provided to the public in probate matters. One of the key programs created by the San Diego Probate Bench-Bar Committee is a full-day training program for court appointed attorneys in conservatorship and guardianship matters.

Ms. Dean has been recognized by the Probate Court for her service on the Bench-Bar Committee, for her work as a Court Appointed Attorney and for other voluntary service provided to the court.


In 2012, Ms. Dean and other attorney members of the Bench Bar Committee started a specialty bar association, Probate Attorneys of San Diego (PASD), dedicated to serving the needs of local probate attorneys. This new bar association now sponsors the annual Court Appointed Training program, as well as other continuing education programs specifically designed for practicing probate attorneys. Ms. Dean currently serves as Vice President of PASD.

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