Eric D. DeanPartner – FitzGerald Yap Kreditor LLP

(949) 788-8900 (o)

(949) 244-8634 (c) 

With 30+ years of experience in all aspects of the representation of hospitality, commercial real estate, and secured lenders clients as both a general counsel and a department head of national and regional law firms, Eric understands that effective, understandable and consistent communications with clients is an essential part of the client-lawyer relationship. Eric also understands that working as a team with clients to define objectives and then developing effective strategies to timely and cost-effectively achieve those client objectives is an essential part of being a quality attorney.


Practice Areas

HOSPITALITY: Former General Counsel for national hotel developer and operator. Fully understands both legal and business aspects of Hospitality Industry. Regularly represents hotel owners, managers and other service providers to the hospitality industry in all aspects of their business including entity formation, broker agreements, acquisitions and sales, development, operations, franchises, financing, governmental related concerns, casualty and title insurance, property tax disputes, construction, leasing, and dispute resolution.


COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: As with his representation of clients in the Hospitality Industry, Eric has years of experience in advising and representing commercial real estate investors, developers, managers and property owners in all aspects of their real estate and business activities.


FINANCIAL SERVICES & CREDITORS RIGHTS: Eric has broad experience in the representation of the Creditors, Regulated Financial Institutions, Private Lenders and the SBA Industry in the negotiation and documentation of loan, inter-creditor, subordination, workout , modification and  forbearance agreements; collection, judicial foreclosure, insurance, guaranty, receivership, collateral priority, bankruptcy, unlawful detainer, insurance and defense claims, negotiations, arbitration and lawsuits; loan & portfolio sales & acquisitions, REO sales, UCC and Real Estate foreclosures.


Bar Admissions

California State Bar (Real Estate and Litigation Sections)

All Federal Bankruptcy and District Courts in California



University of California, Los Angeles – School of Law

Juris Doctorate (JD)

Grade: Graduated Order of the Coif

Activities and Societies: California Advocates, UCLA-Alaska Law Review

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Professional Associations

Member Steering Committee, Association of Hospitality Professionals

Counsel, Allstar Lending Group

In House General Counsel for 7 years with National Hotel Developer and Operator

Outside General Counsel for many Property Owners, Investors, Contractors, Hotel Management Companies


Community Involvement

Speaker at Industry Events and Contributor to Trade Periodicals



Eric Dean was quoted in the OC Business Journal


Interests/Extra-curricular Activities

Eric’s interests outside of work focus on his family around his beautiful wife, three children, and their two dogs.  He is an avid reader and enjoys listening to mysteries.  He loves to exercise and growing up played football, wrestled and obtained a Brown Belt in Karate.  He also enjoys watching and analyzing MMA and Boxing matches and NFL games.