Tom Dean has been a criminal defense attorney for over 25 years. Early in his career. His passion is defending persons charged with all manner of criminal offense, although he has developed a very strong focus in drug crimes in general and marijuana related crimes in particular. He has been a member of the NORML Legal Committee since 1995. In 2016 NORML honored his achievements by inducting Tom into the organization’s Distinguished Counsel’s Circle. He is also a founding member of the Arizona Cannabis Bar Association (ACBA), an organization that seeks to help other lawyers develop an understanding of the many unique aspects of
Tom Dean has been an attorney advocate for nationwide cannabis policy reform for over 25 years. As Legal Director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) he initiated, managed, and litigated important cannabis related cases of national importance to the cannabis industry/community. In that capacity, he also coordinated the efforts of the NORML Legal Committee (lifetime member) and NORML Amicus Committee (former chair) in key cases throughout the U.S. In 2015 the organization recognized his successful advocacy by inducting him into the NORML Distinguished Counsel’s Circle. He remains an active member of the NORML Legal Committee.
Tom moved back to Phoenix in 2008 and established his current practice which provides representation in cannabis related administrative, commercial, and criminal matters. In 2016, Tom received the President’s Commendation award from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ). In 2020, Tom received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Errl Cup, a medical laws and emerging cannabis related areas of practice. In recognition of his work in cannabis law in Arizona, in 2016 Tom received the President’s Commendation award from the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ). If you are charged with a crime offense in Arizona, you have your champion in Tom "Dismissal" Dean.