Thomas W Dean

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Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: No  

Admitted to Practice Law: 1993

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: March 7, 1995

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Tom Dean has been fighting for the rights of cannabis consumers since 1993. Although his interest in marijuana reform began in college, he cut his teeth on marijuana law as an attorney while working for well-known criminal defense attorney Lee Phillips in Flagstaff. After cultivating his knowledge in this area of law and deepening his experience in the courtroom for several years, he moved to Washington, D.C. to become the National Legal Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

As NORML’s Legal Director, Tom initiated and managed many matters of national importance to marijuana policy reform and coordinated the efforts of the NORML Legal Committee and NORML Amicus Committee in key cases throughout the U.S.. Since returning to Arizona, Tom has devoted his practice entirely to cannabis related matters. He continues to serve as a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee, Chairs the NORML Amicus Committee, is Legal Director of NORML’s Arizona state chapter, and was inducted into the NORML Distinguished Counsel’s Circle. He is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) and the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (ACBA).

Since its enactment, Tom continues to litigate and win more than a few significant cases pertaining to the rights of cardholders under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). In recognition of his work in marijuana law in Arizona, in 2016 Tom received the AACJ’s President’s Commendation award. Outside of the courtroom, Tom enjoys presenting at seminars and conferences both in Arizona and elsewhere and is working on a book he hopes to publish about marijuana law in Arizona. He remains a steadfast activist for marijuana policy reform.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Appellate Practice Criminal Appeals, Civil Appeals
Business Law Business Arbitration, Business Formation, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Mediation, Business Litigation, Business Estate Planning, Business Fraud, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Torts, Business Valuation, Business Trusts, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Emerging Growth Companies, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law, International Business Law, Family Business Successions, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Emerging Business Law, Cooperative Taxation, Closely Held business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Buy-Sell Agreements, Limited Liability Company Law, Joint Ventures, International Joint Ventures, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Minority Business Law, Small Business Law, Professional Practices, Privatization, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law
Criminal Law Misdemeanors, International Extradition, Manslaughter, International Criminal Law, Forensic Accounting, Identity Theft, Malicious Prosecution, Mail Fraud, Hit and Run, Homicide, Habeas Corpus, Grand Jury Practice, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Fraud, Forgery, DUI/DWI, Driving While Intoxicated, Domestic Violence, Drivers License Suspension, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Electronic Surveillance, Embezzlement, Expungements, Extortion, Extradition, Federal Criminal Law, Forensic DNA, Felonies, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Civil Fraud, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Defense, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Burglary, Bribery, Assault and Battery, Automobile Fraud, Art Fraud, Stalking, Shoplifting, Theft, Traffic Violations, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Weapons Charges, White Collar Crime, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Search and Seizure, Post-Conviction Remedies, Parole and Probation, Odometer Tampering, Murder, Money Laundering, White Collar Fraud, White Collar Criminal Defense, White Collar Law, Wire Fraud, Wiretapping


  • Arizona (Active), Ohio (Active)

Law School

  • Cleveland Marshall

  • Last Updated: April 20, 2021
  • Typical Hourly Fee: $350
    Typical Fixed Fee: $15000
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  • Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
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