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Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, Adam L. Dean is experienced at representing clients in criminal prosecutions, dissolutions of marriage, administrative hearings, and appeals.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Adam worked as a master level social worker in numerous public and private social service settings. This experience provides him with a unique perspective which is often utilized in both the family and criminal law setting.

Adam received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire in 1990. He received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Washington University in 1992. He received his J.D from Marquette University in 1995. He also was a visiting student at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. He is a member of the state bars of Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. He has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon and the Eastern District of Washington.  He is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association and the Clark County Bar Assocation. 

Outside of work, Adam enjoys activities such as swimming, camping, hiking, and fishing.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 45%
    20 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    20 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    20 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 5%
    20 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

111 SW Columbia Street
Suite 1010
Portland, OR, 97201


WIGood Standing199503/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Client Choice AwardAvvo2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDean Law Group P.C.2010 - Present
PartnerCoit & Dean, PC2005 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Oregon State BarMember1995 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember Inactive1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of the Custody of D. T. J. S-B,Successful appeal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
Washington UniversitySocial WorkMA - Masters1992
University of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Child Custody and Parenting TimeChild Custody and Parenting Time2006