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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Detroit, MI

Frank D. Eaman
Frank D. Eaman, P.L.L.C.
645 Griswold, Penobscot Building, Suite 3060
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone Work 313-221-1100
Fax Fax 313-961-7799
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1971
Education: The University of Michigan Law School
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (40%), Appellate (30%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2015

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Some lawyers make excuses. Frank Eaman makes history. A recent book about Detroit listed three of Frank Eaman's cases among the city's most famous. The people of Detroit and southeast Michigan know that Mr. Eaman has been providing top quality criminal defense in state and federal courts for decades. His grandfather, also named Frank D. Eaman, was a famous lawyer in Detroit for more than 50 years, and worked to reform the police department and civil service.

Like his grandfather, Mr. Eaman is committed to equal justice under the law. As a young man, he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963 with hundreds of thousands of Detroiters in the civil rights march down Woodward Avenue. As a lawyer, he has fought to ensure that indigent persons have competent, fairly paid counsel.

In the present, Frank D. Eaman continues to seek justice for ordinary people. His office understands the difficulties people have when they face criminal charges. His firm is committed to helping you through this difficult passage and reaching a result in every case that meets your expectations.

The author of numerous articles, Mr. Eaman teaches trial skills at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College. In his career he has set the standard for competent, ethical criminal defense representation, and he is passing that high standard on to the next generation.

About Frank Eaman

Law School: The University of Michigan Law School

Admitted: 1971, Michigan

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Honors and Awards:

  • Right to Counsel Award, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 2004
  • Legacy Award, Legal Aid and Defenders Association, 1999
  • Distinguished Brief Award for Brief in Michigan Supreme Court, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Law Review, 1994
  • Appreciation Award, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 1991
  • Arthur Von Briesen Award, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, 1983
  • Distinguished Brief Award for Brief in Michigan Supreme Court, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Law Review, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman, Criminal Issues Initiative, Committee on Justice Initiatives, 2007
  • Michigan State Bar, 1971
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I have represented lawyers, bar associations, and individual defendants in lawsuits which sought to improve the public defense and assigned counsel system in Michigan.  Cases that I have filed have resulted in increased pay for attorneys accepting assignments and changed the systems for appointing counsel., 1982

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Eaman authored an article, "Voir Dire for the Criminal Defense Attorney: Effectively Leveraging the Process for Selecting Supportive Jurors," For Thomson West Aspatore Publications in 2013, Author, Jury Selection in Criminal Cases, Aspatore (Thomson West)

Representative Clients:

  • United States v Qin, 608 F.3d 257 6th Cir. , 2012
  • People v. Locicero, 453 Mich. 496,1996
  • US v. Ebens, 800 F2d 1422, CA6, 1986
  • People v. DeLisle, 183 Mich. App. 713, 1990
  • People v. Davis, 442 Mich. 1, 1993
  • In re Recorders Court Bar, 443 Mich. 110, 1993

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Right to Counsel Award, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 2004
  • Distinguished Brief Award, Thomas M. Colley Law School, for Best Brief filed in Michigan Supreme Court, 1994
  • Arthur Von Briesen Award, NLADA, 1982

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, JD, 1971
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, B.A., 1967
Last Updated: 10/6/2015
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