Gary Johnston Dean

Oklahoma District Courts

About Gary Johnston Dean

Upon graduation from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in July 1966, I moved to Pryor, Oklahoma, as an Associate of well known and famous trial lawyer, Tony Jack Lyons. We soon became partners. We had a LOT of Criminal Business, and I assisted in, or tried about 39 homicide cases. Only had one client receive prison time, and that was for a very minimal sentance. I personally tried what is believed the first Murder case in Oklahoma, with a defense of "Extreme Domestic Violence". My client shot her husband to death with a shotgun, in front of more than 15 of his family members. Not guilty verdict, and my client walked free, after almost a year in jail. In 1982, I branched out on my own, and had a very successful business corporate, and general practice. I was local counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies located in the Mid-America Industrial Park. In January, 1999, I was appointed as a Special District Judge for the 12th Judicial District of Oklahoma, serving Rogers, Mayes, and Craig Counties until retirement in 2010. I resumed my law practice in 2015


Work experience

Oklahoma District Courts
Special District Judge | 1999 - 2010
Served Mayes, Rogers, and Craig Counties, 12th Judicial District of OKlahoma. Extensive work as Settlement Judge, and Domestic Dockets.
Oklahoma Bar Association
Chair of Family Law Section | 1997 - 1998
Received Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service to the Bar.
Family Law Section, Oklahoma Bar Association
Membership Chair | 1992 - 1996
Grew Section membership from 500, to over 1,500 during my service. Was frequent seminar speaker on comuter issues.


University of Oklahoma College of Law
J.D. (1966) | 1963 - 1966
Activities: Member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. Honors: Leo Whinnery Award for top student in Wills and Trusts.
University of Oklahoma
B.B.A. (1963), Finance and Accounting | 1958 - 1963
George Washington University
1960 - 1961


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