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Dean Alan Stowers

Criminal defense Attorney at West Des Moines, IA

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    Stowers Law Firm provides criminal defense representation to people facing federal and state charges, including, but not limited to: Drug crimes, Internet crimes, Fraud and other white collar crimes, Firearms offenses, Immigration offenses, Robbery and theft, Sex offenses, Violent crimes, Homicide

    33 years

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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Licensed for 33 years
State IA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 09/15/2022
State PA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/01/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012. See details

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Stowers & Nelsen, PLC
650 S Praire View Dr Ste 130
West Des Moines, IA, 50266

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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2014
Team player and coach.
I hired Dean Stowers to represent me on a criminal drug charge. He was recommended by two other lawyers. We won. I say we because Dean was my team mate when we endured the process. He also hired an excellent private investigator who got great witnesses to testify for (against the drug cops) us. Dean organized all of the moving parts and kept the whole process rolling. He is an incredible thinker with all of his logic going toward the impact things would have on a jury. He examines things with a curious attitude, looking at all the angles and then trying to get a subterranean and interior perspective at things. He's incredible.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012.

Suspension issued in IA, 2012
updated on 04/09/2015

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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Stowers & Sarcone, PLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner
  • Stowers Law Firm
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Rosenberg, Stowers & Morse
  • 1992 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rosenberg Law Firm
  • 1990 - 1992
  • General Counsel
  • United States Sentencing Commission
  • 1989 - 1990
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Education

  • Drake University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Federal Defense of Ephedrine Pill Company
  • Not Guilty
  • Waitress/Dancer with Roommate
  • Not Guilty
  • LSD, Tie Dye T-Shirts, Symbols on Paper and Cancer
  • Not Guilty
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Associations

  • National Association of Defense Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Executive Council
  • N/A
  • Iowa Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009
  • Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2004
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2002
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2001
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Drake Law Review
  • Juror Bias Undiscovered During Voir Dire
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Spring 2010 Federal Public Defender Seminar
  • To Proffer or Not to Proffer
  • 2010
  • 2004 Spring Federal Public Defenders Training Seminar
  • Special Issues in Methamphetamine Sentencing
  • 2004
  • Winter 2002 Federal Public Defenders Training Seminar
  • Special Issues in Methamphetamine Sentencing
  • 2002
  • Federal Public Defenders
  • When Drugs Count
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very detail oriented, exceptional lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I also attended law school with Mr. Stowers and in the same graduating class."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. If I were a criminal defendant myself, I would hire Dean Stowers!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"In my experience, Dean Stowers is the best criminal defense attorney in the state of Iowa. He is a true advocate for his clients. Dean Stowers is the attorney you want on your side."
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West Des Moines Criminal defense Lawyer Dean Alan Stowers
Dean Alan Stowers
Criminal defense Attorney
West Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 33 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2012. See details