Esquire of the Year

February 2020 — WWDP the global leader of professional recognition and biographical profiles, is proud to bestow Thomas S. Deans Esquire of the Year honors Driven by his desire to achieve positive change and his love of political science, Mr. Deans decided to dedicate his career to law. He started his journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1968 and a JD cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1973,

after which he joined the Minnesota State Senate as Senate Counsel for five years and represented the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Education Finance Subcommittee.

He thereafter became an attorney at Peterson, Popovich, Knutson & Flynn in 1978. In 1986, he was promoted to vice president of the firm, which became Knutson, Flynn & Deans. Now recognized for almost four and a half decades of invaluable contributions, Mr. Deans currently parlays his knowledge into his role as president of Knutson Flynn & Deans, which he has held since 2012. His major areas of practice have concentrated in the fields of school law, school finance and election law, and he has served as Bond Counsel for hundreds of Minnesota school district municipal bond and finance transactions.

In order to keep abreast of changes in the field, Mr. Deans affiliates himself with the American, Minnesota and Dakota County Bar Associations, the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, the Minnesota School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (Vice-President 1992-1994; President 1994-1996). He also used his talents to serve as a representative for the Minnesota School Boards Association at the Minnesota Legislature for 33 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Deans has been recognized many times for his efforts, including being designated as a Super Lawyer in 2003 and earning the Associate Leaders Award from the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials in 2014. He has also been included in three issues of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America, one edition of Who’s Who in the World, and nine volumes of Who’s Who in American Law. Looking ahead, Mr. Deans intends to experience the continued growth and success of his career.