US secretary of commerce appoints DLA Piper partner to Northern California DEC

Dean Fealk, a partner in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office, has been appointed to the Northern California District Export Council (DEC) by US secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker.

The DEC promotes increased US exports and economic growth by providing business leadership and international experience to support the US Department of Commerce in trade-related matters.

Fealk, who is also head of DLA Piper’s global equity practice, advises leading multinational companies on a range of legal and strategic issues related to international business matters that implicate corporate, securities, regulatory, tax, labour, foreign exchange and data privacy.

He is active in business and civic leadership in California, serving on the board of directors of the Bay Area Council and the California Business Roundtable. He has been an adviser to the California Economic Strategy Panel and represented California in governor Edmund Brown Jr’s official trade and investment delegation to the People’s Republic of China in 2013.

Fealk is a graduate of Leadership San Francisco and the executive leadership programme at Harvard Business School.