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Dean A. Strang

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Dean Strang defends people accused of crimes in state and federal courts. His federal practice covers Wisconsin and extends elsewhere. He also has a broad appellate practice.

Before joining the firm, Dean was the first Federal Defender in Wisconsin. He established and supervised offices in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison. Prior to that experience as a public defender in federal court, Dean practiced for 15 years in Milwaukee. For most of that time, he defended men and women in criminal cases across the state and in federal courts in several states.

In addition to his state and federal criminal trial work, Dean has offered oral argument in more than 20 appeals, including in the United States Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and three other federal circuits. He has briefed many more cases on appeal in both state and federal courts. In his second appearance in the United States Supreme Court, Dean was co-counsel and co-author of the respondent’s brief in United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), the landmark decision that declared unconstitutional mandatory federal sentencing guidelines.

Dean also has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School since 2002 and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He teaches Evidence, a seminar on the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, and a course on Law, Social Sciences and Humanities. Dean has served over 13 years on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. He has authored four law review articles and several shorter published articles. His first book, Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror, was published in 2013. Dean was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 1994, and for well over a decade actively has opposed reinstatement of capital punishment in Wisconsin. In 2004, he was elected to the American Law Institute.

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin, 1985
Minnesota, 1986 (inactive non-resident)
Supreme Court of the United States, 1993
United States Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit, 1985
Fifth Circuit, 1986
Ninth Circuit, 1987
Eighth Circuit, 1989
Sixth Circuit, 1993
United States Court of Federal Claims, 2008
United States District Court
Eastern & Western Districts of Wisconsin, 1985
Northern District of Illinois, 1992
Southern District of Iowa, 1992
District of Arizona, 1997
Western District of Michigan, 1998
District of Minnesota, 2006


University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, J.D.
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, A.B., cum laude

Honors & Awards

"Lawyer of the Year", Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar 2011

Best Lawyers, 2008-Present

"Super Lawyers", Milwaukee Magazine, Madison Magazine, 2006 — 2012

Robert W. Warren Public Service Award, 2005 (Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association)

William M. Coffey Defender Award, 2004 (Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

Representative Cases

South Central United Food & Commercial Workers Unions v.
C & G Markets, Inc.
, 836 F.2d 221 (5th Cir. 1988)

United States v. Shyres, 898 F.2d 647 (8th Cir. 1990)

Olympia Hotels Corp. v. Johnson Wax Development Corp., 908 F.2d 1363 (7th Cir. 1990)

State v. Borrell, 167 Wis. 2d 749, 482 N.W.2d 883 (1992)

United States v. Greene, 995 F.2d 793 (8th Cir. 1993)

United States v. Marlatt, 24 F.3d 1005 (7th Cir. 1994)

Daniels v. State, 650 So. 2d 544 (Ala. Crim. App. 1994), cert. denied, 514 U.S. 1024 (1995)

United States v. Andersen, 45 F.3d 217 (7th Cir. 1995)

United States v. D.F., 857 F. Supp. 1311 (E.D. Wis. 1994), aff’d, 63 F.3d 671 (7th Cir. 1995), vacated and remanded, 517 U.S. 1231 (1996)

State v. Cummings, 199 Wis. 2d 721, 546 N.W.2d 406 (1996)

United States v. D.F., 115 F.3d 413 (7th Cir. 1997) (decision after remand from Supreme Court)

United States v. Ladish Malting Co., 135 F.3d 484 (7th Cir. 1998)

United States v. Raszkiewicz, 169 F.3d 459 (7th Cir. 1999)

Buford v. United States, 532 U.S. 59 (2001)

United States v. Lemons, 302 F.3d 769 (7th Cir. 2002)

United States v. Klinzing, 315 F.3d 803 (7th Cir. 2003)

United States v. Kaquatosh, 252 F. Supp.2d 775 (E.D. Wis. 2003)

United States v. Sanapaw, 366 F.3d 492 (7th Cir. 2004)

United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005)
(co-counsel for respondent Freddie J. Booker)

State v. Sveum, 2010 WI 92, 787 N.W.2d 317

Fischer v. Ozaukee Co. Circuit Court, 741 F.Supp.2d 944 (E.D. Wis. 2010)

United States v. Larsen, 615 F.3d 780 (7th Cir. 2010)

Professional Associations & Memberships

Wisconsin Innocence Project, Advisory Board, 2011 - present

Friends of the Remington Center, Board of Directors, 2011 — present

Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instructions (Criminal) Committee, 2008 — present

University of Wisconsin Law School, Adjunct Professor, 2008 — present

Wisconsin State Bar, Criminal Law Section, Board of Directors, 2005 — 2009

American Law Institute, elected 2004

Milwaukee Bar Association Judicial Selection Committee, member, 2004 — 2005

Marquette University Law School, Adjunct Professor, 2002 — present

Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, Criminal Liaison; Co-Chair, Court History Project, 2002 — 2005

National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, Faculty, 1999 — present

Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Advocacy Institute, Faculty member, 1999 — present

Wisconsin AIDS Fund, Executive Committee and Steering Committee, 1998 - 2001; board of directors, 1998 — 2002

Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Inc. and WCADP Fund, Inc., co-founder, director and officer, 1996 — 1998, 2000 — 2001

Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2000 — 2007

Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, Inc. (W.A.V.E.), Board of Directors, 1995 — 2000

Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989 — present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1988 — present

Published Works

The Rhetoric of Death, 1998 Wis. L. Rev. 841, 1998

Felons, Guns, and the Limits of Federal Power, 39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 385, 2006

Age Discrimination in the Modern Reduction in Force, 69 Marq. L. Rev. 331, 1986

Becoming What We Pretend to Be: Signs of Values in the Casual Rhetoric of American Criminal Justice, 24 WIS. J. L., GENDER & SOC. 313, Fall 2009

Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror, U. Wisconsin Press, forthcoming 2013


Law, Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Wisconsin Law School

Law & Contemporary Problems: Private Practice of Criminal Defense, University of Wisconsin Law School (with Michele LaVigne)

Selected Issues in Constitutional Law: Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Amendments to U.S. Constitution (with Marcus Berghahn), University of Wisconsin Law School

Evidence, University of Wisconsin Law School

Federal Crimes & Federal Criminal Procedure, Marquette University Law School, 2002-2005

Law, Social Sciences & Humanities, Marquette University Law School

Constitutional Law, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1997

Numerous CLE Seminars

National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia, 1999-Present

Wisconsin Public Defender, Trial Advocacy Institute, 1999-Present