Holli T. Dean, Esq.Attorney
I read a very compelling statement by Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, recently that goes, “This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.” While I agree with his statement to some extent, I believe that there is room for the law and justice to coexist together and it is my job to present to the court how they can coexist.
I have always believed in the principles of fairness and justice, and that is a big reason I decided to become a lawyer. I am the first lawyer in my family and, being the product of divorce at an early age, I gravitated towards family law in an attempt to help families resolve problems in the best interest of their children. My personal background gives me the unique insight to know what families go through during a divorce and even after a divorce is finalized.
I was an “Army brat” and world traveler by age seven. I have an appreciation for our military and the huge sacrifice they and their families make. I primarily grew up in South Georgia and went to college at Brenau Women’s College in Gainesville, Georgia on full scholarship to study Mass Communications. I wanted to be the next Diane Sawyer! I learned to be comfortable in front of a camera and microphone which has served me well in the courtroom.
When I interned at the Georgia General Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, that is when I first discovered an interest in law and politics. I enjoyed seeing the debate and argument that went in to developing the laws of the state. I saw how the law can affect everyday people. After college, I worked for a wonderful female attorney who mentored me and developed my interest in becoming a lawyer. A year later, I was accepted to Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. I loved Stetson for their top-rated trial advocacy program and the school’s close proximity to the beach!
While at Stetson, I learned the skills it takes to become the best lawyer I can be, and I carry those skills with me today. I learned to be an aggressive litigator but also an effective negotiator, both of which are key skills for an attorney. After law school, I perfected my trial skills with the Department of Children and Families working at Children’s Legal Services. I became comfortable in a courtroom, often spending up to five days a week in court. I handled a huge caseload and became skilled at multi-tasking. I quickly established a reputation as a hard worker and won several awards for my improvement of the offices in which I worked and my work bettering the lives of children. I also won a partnership award for my ability to effectively work with many different agencies and community partners.
I moved to the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel to gain more experience in defending clients instead of working in a prosecutorial capacity. There, I thrived in aggressive advocacy for my clients and loved my work representing their interests. I gained incredible knowledge about different areas of law and, again, was frequently in a courtroom gaining valuable trial skills from the defense perspective. When I moved to private practice, I naturally gravitated towards family law and criminal defense. Family and criminal law give me the best opportunity to be in a courtroom. I thrive in court and there is nothing like the rush of adrenaline that comes from trial. I communicate with my clients and strive to be the lawyer they brag to their friends about.
When I am not in attorney mode, I am a mother to a growing young son. I am a huge Georgia football fan and like to think of myself as a “Bulldawg” in the courtroom. I look forward to taking on more cases and helping my clients achieve their desired result.
J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2002
- St. Petersburg, Florida
- Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
- Graduated in 2002
- William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, 2002
- President, Stetson Law Young Republicans
- Admitted to Florida Bar September 2002, Bar Number 0591017
B.A., Brenau University, 1998
- Gainesville, Georgia
- Bachelor of Arts, Major: Mass Media, Minor: History & Political Science
- Graduated in 1998
- Brenau Trustee Scholar
- Whitehead Scholar
- Merit Honor Student
- Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society Member
- Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Vice President of Scholarship
- The Alchemist Newspaper, Business Manager and Reporter
Florida Bar License Membership No. 0591017
Member Since: 2002
To represent clients in a professional and courteous manner and to work tirelessly for the best possible outcome.
- Florida Children's Legal Services, Senior Attorney, Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida, December 2012 to December 2016.
- Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Assistant Civil Regional Counsel, Pensacola & Milton, Florida, June 2008 to May 2010.
- Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, Program Attorney, Fourteenth Circuit, Marianna, Florida, April 2007 to May 2008.
- Department of Children and Families, Assistant District Legal Counsel, Pensacola & Milton, Florida, November 2002 to March 2007.
- Sixth Judicial Circuit, Judicial Intern, Pinellas County, Clearwater, Florida, 2002.
Holli helped me when my six year old daughter was in an abusive situation at her dad's house. I didn't have much money up front and Holli helped us and was willing to take payments. We went to court the day after I hired her and Holli did her homework. She was up early and even found out about his previous arrests and that he had a warrant for domestic abuse battery against his wife. My daughter now has PTSD from witnessing them fighting and goes to trauma therapy. Holli went above and beyond what I thought a lawyer could do to help me. My ex also tried to intimidate Holli and found things out about her and she stood her ground for me. My last lawyer was awful. He did not help me at all and even sided with my ex, who is a master con artist. I thank God that I found Holli when I was desperate and crying for my daughter's safety. When a six year old comes home from the other parent's house hiding under the covers, screaming and crying in a state of shock by past events and has a lower self esteem wanting to throw her art stuff away bc she thinks she's no good, it was pretty bad. Holli dealt with all this and more. She was my angel in my time of need. Thank you so much Holli, and I know its just a matter of time before I need your help again. You are my lawyer for life.
— Kristina Klaser.