AV Peer Review Rated

Dean S. Rauchwerger


Dean S. Rauchwerger is a partner with Clausen Miller P.C. concentrating his practice in prosecuting and defending complex, high-profile, multi-million dollar commercial and tort litigation matters on a national basis in Federal and State Courts. Mr. Rauchwerger has prosecuted a variety of loss recovery claims around the country, including self-insured corporate recoveries against responsible third parties, achieving eight figure, multi-million dollar recoveries. Mr. Rauchwerger’s practice has covered extraordinary building fires, large scale industrial accidents and a myriad of explosions and other disasters involving substantial property damages and lost profit claims. Many of these disasters have been recognized by the National Fire Protection Association on their annual listing of Large Loss Fires and Explosions. Mr. Rauchwerger’s extensive experience includes the catastrophic fire at the First Interstate Tower in Los Angeles, California; the World Trade Center explosion; the massive explosion of an ammonium nitrate fertilizer manufacturing facility; the Holy Name Cathedral fire; major explosion and fire at a coal-fired electric utility; flooding of a high-rise New York City office building; rail car explosion involving toluene diisocyanate chemical waste materials; and a host of other industrial accidents and commercial and business disputes. Mr. Rauchwerger achieved a record seven figure unanimous jury verdict in Douglas County, Kansas for a 1999 catastrophic manufacturing plant explosion.

Mr. Rauchwerger has considerable experience in substantial multi-party matters, involving business litigation, products liability, aviation, toxic tort and mass disaster. He also has significant experience in litigating claims against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act as well as handling qui tam whistleblower litigation under the False Claims Act. Mr. Rauchwerger’s broad experience includes the national defense of a Fortune 100 corporation for product liability claims involving damaged buildings and other physical structures; defending a major air carrier against personal injury and wrongful death claims in multi-district litigation arising out of the Flight 232 Sioux City air crash; defending a multitude of toxic tort TCE claims arising out of the groundwater contamination of the Tucson aquifer and the prosecuting of FTCA claims against the United States; defending an air carrier against novel handicapped rights claims being prosecuted by public interest groups; pro bono prosecution of a major prisoner rights lawsuit involving First Amendment and Section 1983 civil rights claims; and other diverse litigation.

Mr. Rauchwerger is a frequent speaker at industry and professional conferences and certified continuing education custom-client seminars, presenting on a wide variety of topics such as: Fires and Explosions; Federal Tort Claims Act; Fire Spread Liability; Art of War: Litigation Strategies; Effective Negotiation and Mediation; Managing Experts in Complex Litigation; Jumping Over The Evidentiary Hurdles To Victory; False Claims Act/Qui Tam Litigation; Product Liability; and more.

Mr. Rauchwerger has authored numerous published articles, quoted in mainstay media sources. Mr. Rauchwerger’s writings cover a broad spectrum of informative topics, such as: Expert Daubert Issues; Fire & Explosion Litigation; CEO/Apex Depositions; Federal Tort Claims Act; MCS-90 Endorsement Recovery Opportunities; Recovery Opportunities From Policy Holders for Self-Insured Retentions, Deductible Reimbursements, Retrospective Premiums and Loss Adjustment Expenses; Piercing The Corporate Veil/Alter Ego Liabilities; Product Liability; Railroad Litigation; Transactional “Battle of the Forms” Arising out of Boilerplate Forms and Competing Contractual Terms; False Claims Act/Qui Tam Litigation; Ethical Considerations in Contacting Former and Current Employees; and many other cutting edge legal and litigation-oriented issues.

Mr. Rauchwerger earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981 and 1984, respectively. He is licensed, by examination, to practice in Illinois, New York and Connecticut. Mr. Rauchwerger is also admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Rauchwerger has an AV® Preeminent™ rating with Martindale-Hubbell indicating the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by his peers in the legal community.


  • J.D. Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 1984
  • B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1998

Organization Affiliations

  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago 
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • New York State Bar Association