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Thomas A. Gorman has over 25 years experience defending citizens in municipal, state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level. Mr. Gorman is certified by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization as a Criminal Law Specialist and is recognized in United States District Court as Learned counsel. Mr. Gorman specializes in trials, appeals, Rule 32s and writs of habeas corpus. Since 1985 Mr. Gorman has secured not guilty verdicts or outright dismissals for clients charged with DUI, money laundering, 1st Degree Murder, capital murder, sexual assault, sale of drugs, domestic violence, assault, theft etc. Mr. Gorman has defended clients by using, among other defenses, the defense of entrapment, the battered women syndrome, mental health defenses and self-defense. Mr. Gorman has successfully argued cases to the Arizona Supreme Court and/or the Arizona Court of Appeals that have resulted in murder convictions being reversed or death sentences of condemned inmates being reversed. Mr. Gorman has also litigated writs of habeas corpus in United States District Court for the District of Arizona and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA.  From 1989 to the present Mr. Gorman has defended United States citizens and foreign nationals whom the state or federal government sought to execute. Mr. Gorman has represented at least one capital defendant at all times since 1989 at trial, on appeal or in state post-conviction and/or federal habeas proceedings and a clemency proceeding. Mr. Gorman is qualified under the ABA Guidelines and Rule 6.8 of the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure to represent capital defendants in state court proceedings at trial, on direct appeal in Rule 32 post-conviction proceedings. Mr. Gorman is recognized as "Learned" counsel in U. S. District Court . As Learned counsel Mr. Gorman has represented death eligible capital defendants in both Phase I proceedings with local U.S. Attorneys Office and Phase II proceedings with Main Justice in Washington D.C.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    31 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    31 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%



Fixed (sometimes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Nicholas Simon Hentoff

    I've known Thomas Gorman in a personal and professional capacity for over twenty years. He served as one of my mentors when I first entered private law practice and his advice was always golden. I have worked with Tom on a number of criminal defense cases and have seen him achieve results that other, less talented lawyers, would have considered impossible. In a complex fraud case in which Tom and I represented co-defendants, Tom's Motion to Reconsider Conditions of Release resulted in the trial court reducing a million dollar bail bond to an own recognizance release. Tom employs a logical, workmanlike approach in his criminal defense practice. He achieves remarkable results by working harder and smarter than his opponents.. His pre-trial motion practice, pre-trial case preparation and trial advocacy skills are well above average. He also bears a remarkable physical resemblance to John Dillinger.


    Nicholas Hentoff
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Paul E Knost

    I endorse lawyer Tom Gorman, Esq. I am extremely impressed by his level of expertise on complex legal issues in Arizona. His clients are very fortunate to have him on their side.


    Paul Knost Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

540 Jordan Road, Unit 1
Sedona, AZ, 86339


AZActive 198703/31/2016
WISuspended Dues198503/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Scholarship recipient Clarence Darrow Defense CollegeAdministrative Office of the US Courts2006
Recognized as Learned Counsel under 18 U.S.C. 3599United States District Court2005
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawBoard of Legal Specialization State Bar of Arizona1990
Scholarship to NACDL Trial Practice CollegeNACDL1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Attorney InternWisconsin State Public Defenders1984 - 1985
Prosecutor InternWinnebago States Attorneys Office1983 - 1983
Associate AttorneyCalvey, Mitchell & Baxter1983 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of ArizonaMember1987 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysNACDL Member1985 - Present
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to PracticeN/A
9th Circuit Court of Appeals San Francisco,CAAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the District of ArizonaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Off Death Row. State v. Gary W. Snelling 236 P.3d 409 Arizona Supreme Court Phoenix,AZSentence of death reversed by Arizona Supreme Court
Off Death Row. State v. Kyle D. Sharp CR95000271 Bisbee, AZ Cochise County Superior CourtSentence of death reversed by The Honorable Wallace R. Hoggatt Cochise County Superior Court
1st Degree Murder Conviction Reversed. State v. David W. Kiehle CR99-091679 Maricopa County Superior Court1st Degree Murder conviction reversed in Rule 32 proceeding. Kiehle granted re-trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arizona Supreme CourtState v. Gary W. Snelling, __ Ariz. __, 236 P.3d 409. Mr. Gorman was attorney of record.2010
Arizona Supreme CourtState v. Henry Hall, 204 Ariz. 442 (2003) Mr. Gorman was attorney of record2003
Arizona Supreme CourtState v Cropper, 205 Ariz. 181 (2003). Mr. Gorman attorney of record2003
Arizona Supreme CourtState v Cropper, 206 Ariz. 153 (2003). Mr. Gorman attorney of record2003
Arizona Court of Appeals Div OneState v. Derello, 199 Ariz. 435 (App. 2001) Mr. Gorman was attorney of record.2001
9th Circuit Court of AppealsPoland v. Stewart 169 Fd 3d 573) Mr. Gorman attorney of record.1999
9th Circuit Court of AppealsPoland v. Stewart 151 Fd 3d 1014 Mr. Gorman attorney of record.1999
9th Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States v. Juvenile Male, 118 F.3d 1344 Mr. Gorman was attorney of record1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolCriminal LawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Marquette UniversityCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Capital Direct Appeals & Post Conviction ConferenceRepresentation of Petitioner at Rule 32 Proceeding2010