Dean R. Pearson, CPA

DIRECTOR, Chicago, Orland Park


Dean is a Director in Mueller’s State and Local Tax practice and exclusively handles multi-state tax issues. He regularly assists clients during state and local audit examinations, administrative appeals, and other state and local tax controversies. Dean has extensive experience with both state income/franchise tax and sales/use tax matters.

In addition to recommending strategies for minimizing clients’ state and local tax liabilities, Dean also performs state and local tax compliance and refund studies, credit and incentive consulting, analyzes merger, acquisition and disposition planning and reviews tax returns. He focuses on a variety of industries, including professional services, technology, retail, manufacturing, distribution, construction, transportation, real estate, health care and financial services.

Dean has strong leadership experience and has managed large multi-state engagements, where he was responsible for managing teams of tax practitioners both domestically and internationally.

Dean has more than 14 years of public accounting experience serving a diverse client base that conducts business in every state and most cities. Prior to joining Mueller, Dean was a regional practice leader at a national firm for multi-state tax in Chicago. Prior to that, Dean was a manager in a multi-state practice of a Big Four firm in Chicago.


  • B.S., Accounting, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2005
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Illinois, 2007

Professional & Civic Organizations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)