World Trade Center Bombing Resonates 20 Years Later


DAVID J. DEAN: Plaintiff's attorney.

David Dean was the lead attorney for more than 400 plaintiffs in the 2005 suit against Port Authority in the wake of 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

David Dean said he didn't remember where he was the day of the 1993 bombing, but the event would later become a significant professional milestone for him.

"It saddens me to think about," Dean said. "And also to think that the loss of those lives and the damage to the hundreds of people was understandably forgotten because of the catastrophe a few years later.

'While we think about the damages to the World Trade Center, we really think about 9/11, and not remember that the earlier and perhaps the warning sign were the events of February 1993," he said.

Dean, 77, represented 450 victims in the case against the transportation authority, and said it was a privilege to try the case on their and their families' behalf.

"The major players were the families of the people who died and the people who were injured," he said. "They are the ones who have to be honored."

But Dean said "there were other people involved who completely disregarded their own warnings," and called the Port Authority's decision to disregard Goldmark's earlier report as arrogant.

"That was the impact we seized upon to motivate the jury," he said.

He said he remembers the trial as if it were yesterday.

"It was an important part of my trial life," he said. "It was an important case, and I respect that memory."

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