Dean Micknal


Dean Micknal began his professional career as a public educator in the Fort Worth area. During the eight years he spent in the classroom, Mr. Micknal had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students and co-workers, having devoted the first five years of his teaching career to elementary special education and the remaining three years to secondary science. This experience allows him to apply a unique and valuable perspective to the legal challenges Texas public schools face on a day-to-day basis.

Longtime residents of North Texas, Mr. Micknal and his family took a break from the Texas heat to finish law school in Eugene, Oregon. Upon receiving his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2009, he returned to North Texas and began practicing education law in 2012. The opportunity to work with other attorneys at Leasor Crass, P.C. who share his background and passion for helping those responsible for serving the needs of students throughout Texas is a dream come true.

Dean was lucky enough to marry his high school sweetheart and they share their home in North Dallas with three wonderful kids, one spoiled cat, and two very energetic puppy dogs.

Areas of Practice

  • Education Law
  • Special Education


B.S., The University of North Texas, 1997
J.D., The University of Oregon School of Law, 2009

Admissions / Affiliations / Bar Memberships

State Bar of Texas, School Law Section
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Phi Delta Phi
National and Texas Council of School Attorneys

What our clients say

Great Service, Professional Staff

Leasor Crass has been an invaluable asset to Wylie Independent School District for 8 years. As a trusted advisor and reliable guide, the firm has consistently supported us through every challenge we’ve faced. Their common sense and pragmatic approach to the law have earned them greater trust with each passing year. We feel incredibly fortunate to have them represent our school district. With their ongoing support and guidance, we are confident in our ability to overcome any obstacle as we continue to strive for educational excellence.

– Dr. David Vinson, Superintendent, Wylie Independent School District

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