Thomas Bean, Esq.
Thomas Bean has extensive experience practicing municipal, criminal, bankruptcy, real estate, and family law. This broad background allows him to provide his clients with comprehensive legal counsel.
In the 1850 Fannin County Census he indicated he was born in Virginia; however, in subsequent years he would report his place of birth as Washington D. C.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Bean was an entrepreneur and businessman who pioneered several areas, such as operating music vending machines and serving on Denver’s Board of Adjustment and Zoning.
Professor Dwyer is also a distinguished professor of literacy/reading and Reading Graduate Program Director at Villanova University. Additionally, he is senior author of Content Area Literacy: An Integrated Approach – one of the most frequently referenced texts ever produced on content area literacy.
Bean has successfully represented clients in multiple family law matters and was admitted to practice in both New Jersey and Connecticut District Courts for Middlesex County and Monmouth County. His strong legal advocacy skills helped clients to realize favorable economic results from their legal disputes with him. Currently residing in Enfield, Connecticut with his wife and three children.
He has extensive experience representing clients in divorce, custody and domestic violence matters as well as property division, alimony, post-judgment modifications and enforcement of family court orders. Furthermore, his background includes working in other fields that intersect with family law which enable him to provide more comprehensive counsel when such issues arise.
He is widely recognized as a pioneer in content area literacy education. He has published extensively in journals like Reading Research Quarterly and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; co-authored a teaching methods text with Dr. Judith Dunkerly-Bean entitled Teaching Young Adult Literature: Developing World Citizens. Additionally, his practice currently centers around matrimonial law issues as well as related family matters.
Achievement and Honors
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bean made his theatrical debut in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre before going on to star in various film and television projects before finding mainstream success as Napoleonic War rifleman Richard Sharpe in ITV series based on Bernard Cornwell novels.
In 2010, he appeared as an infamous gangster in the movie Cash. Additionally, he provided voiceovers for two video game franchises: Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.
In March 2022, Tom Bean-Hope Branch Foundation honored him at their annual fundraising event with representatives of various nonprofit organizations receiving funding from it sharing their stories of how it benefited their work – over $8.5 Million has been donated since 1967!
Tom Bean amassed an extensive real estate portfolio throughout his lifetime and earned the respect of peers as an astute businessperson. Additionally, he served in the US military and was an accomplished golfer on the Champions Tour.
In 1887 he donated land for a railroad line from Sherman to Commerce that eventually attracted population to Tom Bean as it served as a center of trade, bypassing nearby Whitemound.
Thomas Bean interned with judges and prosecutors’ offices throughout New Jersey during his law school studies, serving as a judicial law clerk as well. These experiences gave him a deeper knowledge of the legal system – helping him provide more comprehensive legal counsel to clients during divorce proceedings by protecting property rights while supporting economic growth.
Bean first rose to fame during the late 80s and early 90s on British television, appearing in several highly-regarded programs like “Sharpe’s Rifles.”
He has appeared in multiple made-for-television films. Additionally, he holds numerous notable credits in theater and on the stage.
He is a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company, where his work has won him multiple awards. Personally, he has been married four times. Currently living in Florida, he enjoys hunting and golf. A member of the Champions Tour who has won two tournaments there is also an active charitable donor with his foundation giving grants to charities and schools while his small business makes investments.