Certified Criminal Law Specialist

Dwane Cates is a Phoenix, AZ criminal attorney and founder of  the Dwane Cates Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Cates founded the firm in 1997 and has own and managed the firm to the present. Mr. Cates graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a focus on persuasion. He then attended Arizona State University College of Law where he distinguished himself in oral argument competition and as a participating member of the Trial Advocacy Team. Mr. Cates also has a wealth of life experience ranging from the oil fields of Wyoming to various sales positions in the valley that is extremely valuable in the defense of his diverse clientele in Arizona. Mr. Cates received special media instruction from Fred Francis, the two-time Emmy Award winning journalist who now trains professionals in handling the media. This special training gives Mr. Cates the knowledge to handle high profile cases and crisis communication. Mr. Cates is a nationally recognized expert in criminal law. He regularly appears on national television discussing the hot legal issues and cases of the day.  He regularly appears on the Nancy Grace Show on HLN, In Session on TruTV, Happening Now on FOX News, and other cable news shows on CNBC, FOX Business, CNN and local news in Phoenix.  He also is a frequent guest on various radio shows around the country discussing various legal topics.


Whatever the case, from major federal felonies to misdemeanors in municipal court, Mr. Cates has the experience and knowledge in the area of criminal defense necessary to effectively defend your case at a reasonable rate.

Mr. Cates is standing by to take your call. He would love the opportunity to earn your business.

Bar Admissions

Arizona, 1997


Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
Honors: Oral Argument Competitions, Trial Advocacy Team

Arizona State University
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Major: Communication / Persuasion

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Maricopa County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

American Association for Justice, Criminal Law Section

Arizona College of Trial Advocacy


Customer Service Policy
We practice law the old fashioned way; by putting the client first. Our attorneys and support staff understand the importance of staying in frequent communication with our clients, and we are always willing to provide up-to-the-minute information on the status of our clients’ legal matters. We pride ourselves on offering personal service. We are small enough that you are a person to us, not just a case or file number.