John Freeman

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Troy, Michigan

Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC
John Freeman
Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 1994

Education: Temple University Beasley School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC

3150 Livernois Road
Suite 115
Troy, MI 48083 Visit website


The Law Office of John Freeman, PLLC, is "all crime, all the time." We handle criminal cases and administrative matters related to criminal cases. We are not a general practice firm. We do not attempt to juggle multiple areas of the law. We use our extensive experience in criminal law to strategically and aggressively defend our clients’ rights, freedoms, and futures.  Our clients are individuals and corporate entities that are under investigation and/or formally charged with all types of federal and state crimes.  Our firm has extensive experience in all aspects of all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.


Mr. Freeman understands the critical importance of keeping up with changes in the law. He receives daily electronic updates on new cases and topics of interest nationwide that could impact a client's case. He also regularly attends and lectures at Continuing Legal Education seminars focusing on substantive law and trial practice.  Mr. Freeman’s expertise has been recognized with a variety of awards, including: Super Lawyers; Who's Who in America; DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyer, Criminal Law;  American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in Michigan; National Trial Lawyers, Top 100; American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, White-Collar Crime Committee; Avvo, Top Attorney, 10.0 Superb Rating.


If there is a name for it and it involves criminal allegations, the overwhelming odds are that Mr. Freeman has previously prosecuted or defended that type of case.  Mr. Freeman believes that every person accused of a crime deserves a strong defense.  With his exceptional investigative, interviewing, negotiating, writing, and trial skills, he will fight for your rights, your freedom, and your future.


Before becoming a criminal defense attorney more than a decade ago, John Freeman spent seven years (2000 – 2007) as a federal prosecutor in Detroit and has handled all aspects of the investigation, prosecution, trial, sentencing, and appeal of federal crimes.  Mr. Freeman worked extensively with a vast array of federal, state, local, and Canadian law enforcement and intelligence agencies. During the three years immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Mr. Freeman served as the Immigration and Border Coordinator for the Eastern District of Michigan's Anti-Terrorism Task Force.  He also handled a variety of federal criminal matters including murder, weapons and narcotics trafficking, immigration and international crime, official corruption, and white-collar fraud.


Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Freeman served for seven years (1993-2000) as a local prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's Office in Manhattan.   While in New York, he handled a wide range of criminal cases, including murder, assault, narcotics, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, auto theft, domestic violence, weapons, welfare fraud, drunk driving, gang crime, and other violent and white collar crimes.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1994, Michigan

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Educational Background:
  • Calvin College, B.A. in History and Political Science, 1990
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • NRA certified firearms instructor and range safety officer, 2008
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association, Presenter, Legal, 2018
  • Speaker, Speaker, Presenter, Oakland County American Inns of Court, 2019
  • Panelist, State Bar of Michigan, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education, 2016
  • Speaker, United States Concealed Carry Association, Firearms, 2017
  • Comprehensive training on the Law of Self-Defense for armed citizens., Law of Self-Defense, 2020
  • State Bar of Michigan, Contributor, Presenter, and Moderator, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • People v. Edward Miller, Oakland County Circuit, motorist shoots at another motorist after road rage and being sprayed by pepper spray, favorable low-level plea deal without fine, probation, or incarceration., 2019
  • U.S. v. Pinto-Coronado, WDMI, client engaged in conspiracy to "jackpot" ATM machines in multiple states, favorable plea deal, 2019
  • People v. Zytell, Oakland County Circuit, client featured in Netflix series "DOPE" profiling local drug dealers, client pled guilty and sentenced to prison, 2019
  • People v. Mann, 3rd Circuit, 2016
  • People v. Khalaf, 3rd Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. v. Todd, EDMI, 2016
  • People v. McGee, 2017
  • U.S. v. Rockafellow, EDMI, 2017
  • People v. Hippaka, 2017
  • People v. Derabandi, Carrying Concealed Weapon (Pistol) dismissed following Preliminary Examination, 2018
  • People v. Clifford Bingham, University of Michigan researcher investigated and charged with child pornography.  Case resolved with a 90 day county jail sentence., 2018
  • Detroit v. Jonathan Fatu, WWE star arrested and charged in Detroit.  Case resolved with a low-level misdemeanor and $450.00 fine., 2019
  • Independently selected, Top Lawyer, Criminal Defense, DBusiness Magazine, 2021
  • Independently selected for inclusion. Established in 1898, Marquis Who’s Who promptly began publishing biographical data in 1899. Since then, Marquis has remained the standard for reliable and comprehensive biographical data., Honoree, Marquis Who's Who in America, 2021
  • Top 100, Top 100, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2019
  • Excellence in Criminal Law, Member, Lawyers of Distinction, 2020
  • Top 100, Top 100, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2019
  • Senior Member, Member, Oakland County American Inns of Court, 2019
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in Michigan, 10 Best Client Satisfaction, 2019
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100, Top 100 Michigan, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • One of the best in Michigan, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Highest rating by AVVO., Top Lawyer, 10.0 Rating, AVVO, 2020
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Practice and Advocacy, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Victor A. Jaczun Award in Trial Advocacy, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Lynne M. Abraham Award in Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility, Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Dr. Earl Strikwerda Memorial Hist. Scholarship, Academic Achievement Award, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College, 1988
Representative Clients:
  • People v. Antwan Coleman, Genesee County, client charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree, Charges reduced to CSC 3rd Degree at Preliminary Examination, Charges ultimately dismissed by Prosecutor during negotiations in Circuit Court, 2021
  • Tyler Freeman, Michigan National Guard member arrested in "To Catch a Predator" type sting, press case, on-going, client scheduled to plead to a high-court misdemeanor, 2021
  • U.S. v. Johnathan Marcum, FFL dealer under federal investigation in Indiana for unlawful acquisition of machine guns.  Co-conspirator is local chief of police.  Client pled guilty.  Sentence pending, 2021
  • People v. Ian Wilson, Air Force member charged with multiple sexual assaults in Michigan, client allegedly fled from duty station in Nevada and apprehended in Washington State attempting to cross into Canada; press case; pending, 2021
  • People v. Smiles, Isabella Co. Michigan, university student charged with murder in college town, on-going, 2020
  • People v. Jacob Peltz, Wayne County, client charged with solicitation to commit sodomy, press case, felony dismissed after preliminary examination, pending, 2020
  • DiLisio Contracting, paving company with city contracts extorted by corrupt Troy, Michigan City Manager, cooperated with federal law enforcement leading to indictment and prison sentence of Brian Kischnick; represented the company in connection with the investigation and collateral issues related to continued paving contracts with the City of Troy.  Press case.  , 2019
  • Michael Zeidler, University of Michigan researcher, accused of production of child pronography using hidden cameras inside Ann Arbor residencce, press case, 2019
  • Alpha BioEnergy, Bio-Diesel company principal pleads guility to federal tax fraud, EDMI, sentence pending, 2019
  • Matthew Dimitrie, Local Business Person accussed of producing child sexually abusive material in state court, press case, 2019
  • Seth Swanson, MSP Trooper charged with Embezzlement, 2016
  • Ryan Zytell, featued on Netflix series "DOPE", 2019
  • Clifford Bingham, University of Michigan Researcher, 2017
  • Vivek Loomba, MD, Henry Ford Hospital, 2018
  • Jonathan Fatu, WWE Tag-Team Champion charged in Detroit, 2019
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2021
  • Member, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 2021
  • Honoree, Who's Who in America, 2020
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 100, 2019
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction in Michigan, 2019
  • Speaker, Oakland County Bar Association, Youth Law Day, 2019
  • Member, Critical Response Team, USCCA, 2020
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member, White Collar Crime Committee and Health Care Fraud Subcommittee, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit  
  • Member, Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Former Member, Legal Advisory Board, United States Concealed Carry Association
  • State of New York
  • Former Member, Criminal Law Advisory Board, ICLE, State Bar of Michigan
  • Fellow, Oakland County Bar Association, 2021
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • Member, Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Member, NRA Business Alliance
  • Member and Participating Attorney, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network
  • Patriot Life Member, National Rifle Association
  • Member, Second Amendment Foundation
  • Member, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners
  • Member, National Shooting Sports Foundation
Industry Groups:
  • Firearms & Self-Defense
  • Fish and Wildlife
  • General Criminal
  • Hunting and Fishing Defense
  • Sex Crimes
  • White Collar Crime

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“John is the kind of lawyer who will fight for his clients no matter who he is going up against. John's experience as a former federal prosecutor gives him a special advantage over many other criminal defense attorneys: he understands how the system works, sometimes better than the opposing prosecutor. This advantage has made the difference between a favorable outcome and an unfavorable outcome for many clients.”

Office location for John Freeman

3150 Livernois Road
Suite 115
Troy, MI 48083

Phone: 248-422-2684


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2023

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