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Dean Petrulakis

Dean Petrulakis


Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

A civil trial lawyer specializing in personal injury, Dean Petrulakis has practiced law in Northern California since 1997. Dean has successfully represented clients in many jurisdictions, before the municipal courts to the California Appellate Courts.

Many of the cases in which Dean has been involved had notable results. Dean has received millions of dollars for his clients either through trial or settlement.

Dean is a 1991 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, obtaining his B.A. history. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law (now the S.J. Quinney College of Law), receiving his Juris Doctor in 1995. He served as a law clerk for the Utah Appellate Courts from 1994 to 1995.

Dean was an attorney for the Central Valley-based insurance defense firm McCormick Barstow LLP, acting as the managing partner of its Modesto office, before founding The Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis in 2012.

Dean is active in many legal and civic organizations. Dean grew up in Modesto and lives there with his loving wife, Laura, and three beautiful children, Adrianna, Eleni & Andoni. They enjoy traveling, attending Giants games and being active in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Modesto.


  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
  • University of Utah College of Law (now the S.J. Quinney College of Law) (J.D.)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • State Bar of California

Community Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity (Stanislaus County), Former Board Member
  • Memorial Hospital Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association, Former Board Member
  • Leadership Modesto, Participant

Published Works

  • “Let Them Eat Cake, Just Not For a Pound of Flesh: A Critique of the Application of the Collateral Source Rule in Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc.” April 28, 2011,
  • Dean Petrulakis, John M. Dunn, Jeffrey R. Olson, Brief of Amicus Curiae CSAC Excess Insurance Authority and Central Region School Insurance Group in Support of Defendant and Respondent, Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541, in the Supreme Court of California After a Decision by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One


  • “Time To Take Your Personal Injury Case Into The Third Dimension,” with Alex Deaconson of DK Global and Dean Petrulakis, Stanislaus County Bar Association, May 26, 2017 (MCLE credit)
  • A discussion regarding the Collateral Source Rule and its Application in Howell v. Hamilton Meats, Yanez v. SOMA, and King v. Willmett, by author of Howell Amicus Curiae Brief - Dean Petrulakis for Defendant/Respondent, Stanislaus County Bar Association, October 15, 2010 (MCLE credit)
  • “Current Issues Permeating Insurers Including The Threat Of The Policy Limit Demand,” Modesto Claims Association, October 25, 2007

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