Dean Eyler focuses his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation. He chairs Gray Plant Mooty’s Intellectual Property Litigation team and has substantial experience in litigating trademark, trade dress, patent infringement, patent ownership, copyright, trade secret, false advertising and unfair competition cases. Dean has been repeatedly recognized by World Trademark Review, where he has been described as “redoubtable” and “a go-to on complex or unusual disputes.” He also represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation, real estate-related disputes, and in appellate practice. Dean previously served as chair of the Recruiting Committee for the firm.
Dean is also committed to pro bono representation and work in the community. He regularly represents clients seeking asylum, has worked on many human rights projects, and represents tenants in housing court matters. Dean was named Gray Plant Mooty’s Pro Bono All Star for 2006. He is the chair of the advisory board for the Minnesota Urban Debate League. In 2016, Dean accepted a Volunteer Award from The Advocates for Human Rights on behalf of the firm’s asylum team, which he leads. Dean was also recognized as a 2016 Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer for his work with a team that established the new Appeals Self-Help Clinic at the state law library.
After law school, Dean served as a law clerk for Donald P. Lay, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and a Special Assistant City Attorney for the City of Minneapolis.
Dean, his wife, and their two children live in Plymouth. When he is not practicing law, Dean enjoys skiing, basketball, and reading.
Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a full-service firm with nearly 180 attorneys and offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota.