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Dean Stowers has been in private practice since 1990 and has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of breaking the law.


Dean was born in Madison, Wisconsin on March 5, 1964. Dean grew up in northern Wisconsin where he attended high school at Rhinelander High School, the Home of the Hodag. After completing college at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and attending law school at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Dean studied for, took, and passed the Iowa bar exam, moved to Washington, D.C., and then studied for, took and passed the Pennsylvania bar exam in Philadelphia. From 1989-1990 Mr. Stowers worked in the Office of General Counsel as a counselor to the United States Sentencing Commission, the agency that promulgates the Federal Sentencing Guidelines used in federal sentencing.


In 1990 Dean returned to work in criminal defense at The Rosenberg Law Firm where he had clerked during law school and developed an interest in criminal defense. Over the next several years, Dean worked with and mentored under Raymond Rosenberg, Paul Rosenberg, and Dan Jacobi. Raymond Rosenberg, with whom Dean practiced until he retired in 2005, was widely regarded throughout the last quarter century of his career as the best criminal defense lawyer in Iowa. Paul Rosenberg, now in sole practice has achieved tremendous results in some very high profile cases. Dan Jacobi left private practice and is now General Counsel at Pioneer Hybrid. Mentoring is crucial to the development of a lawyer's skills and Dean remains grateful for all he learned in his formative years.


Dean has tried alone or participated in trying with others in dozens of criminal jury trials, including roughly half of those in federal court. Dean has secured not guilty verdicts in more than 70% of those trials, including one streak of four consecutive federal jury trial acquittals. Dean has tried some of the longest-running and most complex criminal jury trials in the history of Iowa federal courts.


Although Dean greatly enjoys jury trials, he is also a believer in the value of effective pretrial motions, including motions to suppress unlawfully obtained evidence. For every favorable jury verdict that Dean has secured for his clients, there are many more cases dismissed or disposed of quietly as a result of successful pretrial motions and advocacy.


Dean is a fighter who stands by his clients against some of the longest odds, including through appellate review. Dean takes pride in handling appeals from his own unsuccessful trial or sentencing outcomes and has attained numerous reversals in noteworthy and precedent-setting cases.


Dean is known as an aggressive, outspoken, and highly-effective advocate who shows up prepared and ready to achieve the very best possible outcome for his clients. Dean has developed techniques for case organization and preparation not known to be employed by other attorneys. These methods give Dean the organizational and informational edge to know a case better than anyone else involved

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    26 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

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    I endorse this lawyer. I also attended law school with Mr. Stowers and in the same graduating class.

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    Pamela Walker Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kristina Katherine Lyon

    Dean is an attorney who truly does everything he can for his clients. His method for handling cases is effective and thorough. I would recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges, from the simplest of cases to the most complex. His eye for detail and ability to spot connections in even the unlikeliest of places make him stand out in his field.

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    Kristina Lyon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Stowers & Sarcone, PLC

650 S Praire View Dr Ste 130
West Des Moines, IA, 50266

Stowers & Sarcone, PLC
Des Moines, IA

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
IAAuthorized to practice law198908/22/2015
PAInactive198908/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in IA, 2012

    updated

    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2013
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2013
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2011
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2010
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerGreat Plains Super Lawyers2009
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2004
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2001
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2000

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerStowers & Sarcone, PLC2014 - Present
OwnerStowers Law Firm2009 - 2013
PartnerRosenberg, Stowers & Morse1992 - 2008
Associate AttorneyRosenberg Law Firm1990 - 1992
General CounselUnited States Sentencing Commission1989 - 1990

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Iowa Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member1995 - 1996
National Association of Defense Trial LawyersN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsExecutive CouncilN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Federal Defense of Ephedrine Pill CompanyNot Guilty
Waitress/Dancer with RoommateNot Guilty
LSD, Tie Dye T-Shirts, Symbols on Paper and CancerNot Guilty

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Drake Law ReviewJuror Bias Undiscovered During Voir Dire1990

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Wisconsin-MadisonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Spring 2010 Federal Public Defender SeminarTo Proffer or Not to Proffer2010
2004 Spring Federal Public Defenders Training SeminarSpecial Issues in Methamphetamine Sentencing2004
Winter 2002 Federal Public Defenders Training SeminarSpecial Issues in Methamphetamine Sentencing2002
Federal Public DefendersWhen Drugs CountN/A