A Different Kind Of Lawyer

Dean Capello

ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Biography

I am proud to have been born and raised in a very small community in rural southeastern Ohio. Small town life and my hardworking parents, teachers, coaches and neighbors taught many lessons that have served me well and made me into the man I am today. Likewise, I am blessed to have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky since relocating to Lexington in 1984. I came to town to attend law school and never left. Our great Commonwealth and the wonderful city of Lexington is now home as I have spent more of my life here than anywhere else. I married Sharon, my lovely and strong wife here and we've raised two wonderful children in Lexington.

I graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Economics (1983) and Political Science (1984) and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1987 with receipt of a Juris Doctor degree. I was licensed to practice law in all courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that same year.

Upon being licensed by the Kentucky Bar Association, I joined the Lexington-based firm for which I served as a Law Clerk throughout law school. After a few years of hard work I rose to Partner. My practice then, as it is today, was primarily Plaintiff's oriented. I represented a few business clients in their day to day operations, I handled most of the family law cases our firm had, including dissolutions or marriage, and child custody and support matters, but the overall focus of my practice was on litigation of tort and discrimination claims.

After about 14 years in this generalized Plaintiff's practice, one of Kentucky's leading personal injury firms recruited me to join it in the fall of 2001. There I continued my focus upon Plaintiff's personal injury claims until the fall of 2004 when I joined its sister firm which had a greater focus on litigation of such personal injury claims. I was named Partner in 2007 and stayed in the organization leading the firms' Lexington team for another 4 years as we helped injured persons and families.

In mid 2011 I was again recruited away, this time to a larger, multi-state Plaintiff's personal injury firm which was expanding its central Kentucky presence. As always, my practice remained one focused on helping injured persons and their families.
After about 6 years, in mid 2017 I realized a long time dream and formed Capello Law Office. My practice remains oriented to personal injury claims with specific focus on automobile tort, premises liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability and other complex litigation.

My career has been very rewarding and I believe it is largely because of my goal to "pay it forward." I've always been blessed to cross paths with people who have taught and given me things for which I can never repay. As such, I feel bound to "pay forward" by teaching others, sharing skills and expertise, and helping those less fortunate, simply because I have the ability and have been placed in a position to do so. Trying to make a difference in the world with what I do, and how I do it likewise is important to me. I am mindful of trying to do what's right, not what's easy, which usually translates into a positive outcome for everyone involved. Over the years I've found that sometimes the cases we take aren't signed up because they look to be lucrative to my firm, myself and my family; rather I often take on the representation because its the right thing to do.

In pursuing this philosophy with regard to case selection, I have been rewarded immensely including with honors such as these: I am certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

I have also been nominated and selected by my peers as a Kentucky SuperLawyer on multiple occasions. Only 5% of lawyers in the Commonwealth are afforded this honor. This selection is based off of an evaluation of 12 indicators including peer recognition and professional achievement in legal practice. As one of the few attorneys to garner the distinction of Super Lawyers, I am proud to have earned the respect of my peers as one of the top-rated attorneys in the nation.

My current bar memberships include the Kentucky Bar Association, the Fayette County Bar Association, and the Kentucky Justice Association. I remain licensed to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Outside the office, I am equally focused on paying forward and making a difference with civic and community activities. I am a past Board member and President of the Volunteer Center of the Bluegrass and a contributor of pro bono legal services through the Fayette County Bar Association's Pro Bono Office. I am a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and a Founding Fellow of the Fayette County Bar Foundation. In addition, I am a former officer and long time Executive Board member of the Board of Directors for Community Montessori School in Lexington. I am proud of my service to this small school, including my Board service for many years after our children left the school. I have coached youth baseball and when not coaching, I seldom missed a game, ice skating performance, or dance competition in which our children were involved. My wife and I have spent many a day in cold ice rinks, at rainy or sweltering baseball fields, and at dance venues all over region. We wouldn't trade those times for anything and we hope our involvement made a difference in the lives of our children and many others.

Sharon and I are the proud parents of Joe, a student at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Caroline, who currently studies at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, we are the humans of Carmen, our Doodle, the dog who usually runs our household. We enjoy traveling, following UK and Ohio State sports, and spending time together making memories with our family and friends, especially at The Lake where we can often be found either afloat or at our getaway cabin, Casa sul Lago.

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D.
  • The Ohio State University , Columbus, Ohio
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics ('83)
    • Major: Political Science ('84)

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Fayette Co. Bar Association, Present

Past Positions

  • Weinberg & Capello, 1997 to 2001
  • Becker Law Office, 2007 to 2011

Languages

  • English

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Justice Association, Present
  • Fayette Co. Bar Association, Present
  • American Association for Justice, Present

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney/Owner/Member

Practice Areas

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Honors

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Kentucky SuperLawyers