Gavin Law Office, PLC
300 East Frontage Road Waconia MN 55387-1863

Attorney Bio

Dean G. Gavin

Dean Gavin has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since1994. Dean is also admitted to practice in Federal District Court, the District of Minnesota, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Commuity, Tribal Court.

Since 2003 Dean has focused his practice on real estate and trial work. Dean's current practice includes representation of real estate management companies in landlord tennant matters, representation of homeowner's associations, representation of businesses in contract disputes, and all general matters that require or involve going to court. Representative cases include disputed estates, partnership or business break-ups, contracts for deed, foreclosures, mechanic's liens, lease agreements, construction defect and mold cases, contractor disputes, boundary and driveway disputes, easements, zoning, municpal law, and real estate develpement.

Dean started his legal career as an assistant county attorney in Morrison County (Little Falls), Minnesota, and then became an assistant Scott County (Shakopee) attorney. Dean also worked as a 3/4 time attorney for the Minnesota Public Defender's Office. These opportunities gave Dean a great deal of courtroom experience.

Dean opened his own law practice in Prior Lake, Minnesota, in March 1997. Since that time Dean has litigated cases extensively within Minnesota's First Judicial District including Scott (Shakopee), Carver (Chaska), Dakota (Hastings), Sibley (Gaylord), Le Sueur (Le Center) and McLeod (Glencoe) Counties, also Blue Earth (Mankato) and Wright (Buffalo) Counties. Dean's primary practice focus, from 1997-2002, was on family law and criminal defense.

Dean graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1994. Dean's undergraduate degree is in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Mankato State University in 1986, with Cum Laude honors.

Dean worked in industry as an engineer for five years, both in California and Minnesota, prior to attending law school.

Memberships and Organizations:

  • SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce (SWMCC) - Member
  • SWMCC - Economic Development and Public Policy Committee, Co-Chair 2012-current  
  • Bountiful Basket Food Shelf - Volunteer Board member 2011- Oct. 2013
  • Chaska Downtown Business Alliance - Member (since 2009)
  • SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce - Chaska Downtown Business Council - Member 2010-2011
  • 8th District Bar Association Committee Chair for Fee Disputes 2011- current
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Civil Litgation Council (2007-2009)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - member
  • American Bar Association - past member
  • Nominated as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine in 2000 and 2001
  • National Registry of Who's Who - 2001 Life Member
  • Certified Manufacturing Technologist, CMfgT, by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers - past member.
Dean achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was active in his son's scouting as an Assistant Troop leader and Assistant Webelos Den leader.
Dean also coached girls basketball for 4th and 5th grades in Belle Plaine, 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Dean and his wife Nancy have three children. The Gavin family enjoys fishing, boating and travel.


300 East Frontage Road Waconia MN 55387-1863
Phone: (952) 873-6527