Dean M. Tingey was born in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1964. He attended Brigham Young University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He also attended Gonzaga Law School, where he received a Juris Doctorate degree in 1997. He was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1998. Dean is a member of the Clark County Bar Association and the Nevada Justice Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Susanne, as well as his children and grandson.