Frank D. Eaman

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Troy, MI

Eaman & Gabbara, P.L.L.C.
 | 1441 E Maple Rd, Suite 304
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: 248-633-2244
Fax: 248-817-2258
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Appellate (30%)
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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. He is currently a member of the Indigent Defense Commission that is striving to improve public defense state-wide in Michigan.

    Frank D. Eaman continues to seek justice for everyone his firm represents. Everyone at 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 taught trial skills at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and taught lawyers 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.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 30%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Appeals


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

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    About Frank Eaman

    Admitted: 1971, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Michigan State Bar, 1971
    • Commissioner, Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, 2015
    • Chairman, Criminal Issues Initiative, Committee on Justice Initiatives, 2007
    • 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/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)


    • Client acquitted of all criminal sexual conduct charges in state court jury trial. Macomb County, Michigan., 2012
    • Part of a defense team for 6 defendants in a 3-month federal, criminal civil rights jury trial  - all clients acquitted. Eastern District of Michigan, 2003
    • Client only client acquitted in 4-month federal, criminal RICO jury trial, Eastern District of Michigan, 1998

    Representative Clients:

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

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

    Educational Background:

    • University of Michigan, JD, 1971
    • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, B.A., 1967
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    Office Location for Frank D. Eaman

    1441 E Maple Rd
    Suite 304
    Troy, MI 48083

    Phone: 248-633-2244

    Fax: 248-817-2258

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