The Foundation Award honors exemplary service to the Foundation and is presented to those lawyers who have made and who continue to make a strong commitment to the goals of the Foundation. It is the most prestigious award given by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation with only 16 other Nebraska attorneys earning this distinction.
A senior partner of McGrath North, Dean has practiced law for more than 60 years. During this time, he has concentrated his practice on labor disputes, collective bargaining agreements, OSHA complaints, EEOC complaints and other employment matters.
“Dean is one of the highest regarded labor and employment attorneys in the area”, said Roger Wells, President of McGrath North. “His selection as a Foundation Award recipient is a direct reflection of his leadership within the legal profession and in the community.”
Dean’s list of legal accomplishments include: Chairman, Board of Advisors at UNL Law School, winner of Thomas Stinson Allen Moot Court Award, UNL School of Law, former Assistant Attorney General, served for 24 years, appointed by four different Governors, as Judge and Chief Judge on the court of Industrial Relations, President, Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow, Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Member, Executive Counsel, Nebraska State Bar Association. Currently, he is listed in Great Plains Super lawyers and has been included in Best Lawyers in America since its inception more than 30 years ago. He obtained his J.D., with honors, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1949 and earned his B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1946. Kratz has authored and published three books. He has tried a dozen cases before the Nebraska Supreme court, including cases for Kiewit Construction Company, Hawkins Construction Company and Kearney State College (he represented Kearney College before the Nebraska Supreme Court in its successful attempt to become a part of the University (Nebraska) system).