Thomas W. Cranmer

Thomas W. Cranmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Troy, MI

Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC
 | 840 West Long Lake Road, Suite 150
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: 248-879-2000
Fax: 248-879-2001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Thomas W. Cranmer is a Senior Principal and Co-Leader of Miller Canfield's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Miller Canfield.  Mr. Cranmer is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in such diverse criminal and civil matters as corporate disolution and shareholder litigation; income tax evasion; antitrust investigations; Medicaid-Medicare, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and healthcare investigations; Food & Drug Administration investigations; OSHA, MIOSHA and state/federal environmental matters; Customs violations; bankruptcy fraud; mail and wire fraud; insurance fraud; bank fraud and embezzlement; defense contractor fraud; national security matters; foreign corrupt practice allegations; securities fraud and matters with the SEC; public corruption; controlled substance and conspiracy matters; federal election law violations; immigration matters, police corruption and misconduct and RICO violations; Mr. Cranmer is also experienced in conducting internal corporate audits, independent Audit Committee reviews and counseling concerning corporate compliance programs; also experienced in handling complex civil litigation; class action securities litigation; intellectual property litigation; ERISA litigation; environmental litigation; labor and employment litigation; Mr. Cranmer has represented both attorneys and judges in a variety of proceedings alleging malpractice, professional or public misconduct.

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    About Thomas Cranmer

    Admitted: 1975, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named as one of Michigan's Top Ten lawyers in every edition of Michigan Super Lawyers; first, second or third highest rated attorney for the past nine years; Named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as its Lawyer of the Year for 2014; Named by The Best Lawyers in America as the Detroit area "Bet-the'Company" Lawyer of the Year, 2009 and "Criminal Defense Non-White Collar Lawyer of the Year, 2013; Named as the Practitioner of the Year for 2008 by the Oakland County Republican Party; Selected in 2008 as one of Michigan's Ten Power Lawyers by Crain's Detroit Business; Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers to Business in the highest category (Band 1); Listed in Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; Listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World; Listed in The Best of the U.S., a compilation of the best service professionals in the United States; Listed in Crain's Detroit Business, Who's Who in Metro Detroit, 2005; Martindale Hubbell rating "AV Preeminent;" Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; State Committee Chairperson, 2008-2010; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, International Society of Barristers; State Committee Membership Chairperson, 2009-present; Member, Board of Governors, 2012-present; Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates - Michigan Chapter Membership Chairperson, 2010, Michigan Chapter Secretary, 2011, and Michigan Chapter Treasurer, 2012; Michigan Chapter President Elect, 2013, Michigan Chapter President, 2014; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Order of Centurions; Fellow, The National Trial Lawyers Association; Sustaning Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation; Life Patron Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation; Charter Fellow, Oakland Bar/Adams-Pratt Foundation; Recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, 1996; Recipient of the Federal Bar Association's Leonard R. Gilman Award presented to an Outstanding Practitioner of Criminal Law, 1995; Recipient, Drug Enforcement Administration Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement, 1981; Recipient, United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1980.

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates and Litigation Counsel of America
    • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Litigation Counsel of America

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Oakland County Bar Association - Member, Board of Directors, 1994 - 2003; Chairperson, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1992-1994; Chairperson, Membership Committee, 1997- 1998.
    • Oakland County Bar Foundation - Member, Board of Trustees, 1992-2012; Trust Emeritus, 2012-present; President, 2002-2003.
    • Appellate Defender Commission - Appointed Member and Vice-Chairperson of the Appellate Defender Commission for the State of Michigan, 2011-present.
    • State Bar of Michigan President, 2005-2006; President-Elect and Chairperson of the Public Policy Committee, 2004-2005; Vice-President and Chairperson of the Membership Services Committee, 2003-2004; Secretary and Chairperson of the Professional Standards Committee, 2002-2003; Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance Committee, 2001-2002; Member, Board of Commissioners, 1997-2006. The Board of Commissioners is comprised of 33 attorneys and functions as the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Michigan; Member, Judicial Crossroads Task Force, 2009-2011; Member, Awards Committee, 2007-present; Member, Law and the Media Committee, 2007-present; Chairperson, Standing Committee on Grievance, 1993-1997; Chairperson, Justice and Lawyer Respect Goal Group, Long Range Planning Committee, 1996-1997; Chairperson, Discipline Subcommittee of the Committee on Structure and Governance, 1998; Member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan 1986-1992.  The Representative Assembly is comprised of approximately 150 attorneys elected to represent the over 35,000 lawyers licensed to practice in the State and is the final policy making body of the State Bar of Michigan; Past Hearing Panelist and Chairperson for the Attorney Discipline Board; The Attorney Discipline Board is the administrative body charged with reviewing and determining allegations of attorney misconduct brought by the Attorney Grievance Commission.
    • American Bar Association - Chairperson, Section of Litigation, Detroit Geographic Subcommittee of the Committee on Complex Crime Litigation, 1990-1991; Member, Section of Litigation, 1984 - present; Member, Section of Criminal Justice, White Collar Crime Committee, 1991 - present.
    • Michigan State Bar Foundation - Member, Board of Trustees, 2006 -present.
    • American Inn of Court - Master, University of Detroit Mercy Inn of Court, Chapter XI, 1990-present; Master Emeritus and Founding Member, Oakland County Bar Association, Inn of Court, 1996-present.
    • Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan - Active member of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for over 25 years, having served as the Chapter's President in 1995-96.  Currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Historical Society.
    • United States Sentencing Commission - Appointed member of the Pracitioner's Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission for the Sixth Circuit 2009-2011.
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Board of Directors, 2009-present.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Prosecutor's Foundaton for Kids, Board Member, 2010-present.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Teaching Experience: Extensive experience as a teacher and instructor of trial advocacy.  Experience includes teaching for one of the preeminent trial advocacy programs in the United States, The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (N.I.T.A.), as well as the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) in Ann Arbor, The Rutter Group, a West Publishing Affiliate and the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.  Specific teaching experience includes; Adjunct Professor, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, 2005 - present; Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (N.I.T.A.), Midwest Regional, 1988 - present; Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), National Session/40th Anniversary 2011; Trial Advocacy Skills Workshop - Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988 - 2003; Deposition Skills Workshop; Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1993; Litigation Instructor, Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan) Trial Advocacy Workshop, 1986 - present; Litigation Instructor, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1979-1981; Seminar Presentations - Survival Skills in U.S. District Court The Rutter Group, 1995; 2003; Evidence: Sharpening Your Direct and Cross-Examination Skills Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1995; Destination Federal Court, The Rutter Group, 1996; Representing Criminal Defendants Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1997; How to Win Your First Jury Trial Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1999; Federal Rules of Evidence Complex Issues - Practical Solutions The Rutter Group, 1999; Federal Litigation in a Cyberworld The Rutter Group, 2001; What Makes Juries Listen? - Connecting With The Jury Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2001; Federal Civil Trials The Rutter Group, 2002; A Day of Criminal Law in Genesee County: Issues in Sentencing and Criminal Practice and Procedure Update Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2002; Criminal Practice and Procedure Update Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2002; Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination Lorman Education Services, 2003; Federal Trial Practice The Rutter Group, 2004-2008. Game Changers New Federal Rule Amendments and Cases, The Rutter Group, 2011; E-Discovery Updated 2012 ESI & the Government, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012. Age-Old “Ground Rules” Have Changed!, The Rutter Group, 2012. Getting In and Out of Federal Court, New Rules, New Solutions, The Rutter Group, 2013. The Brave New World of Federal Practice 2014, New Rules, New Issues – Changes You Need to Know, The Rutter Group, 2014. Negotiating Plea Agreements in the Era of Advisory Sentence Guidelines, Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program, August, 2015.  Corporate Counsel as Gatekeepers, Wayne Law Review Symposium, October 2015
    • Revisiting Irving Younger’s Ten Commandments of Cross Examination, State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section, 2009
    • Criminal Law and Opening Statements, State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section, 2008 and 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Publications - Co-Author:  Civil Trials and Evidence, West Publishing, 2001 along with the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Honorable Kurtis T. Wilder and Rodger D. Young, Esq.; Contributing Author: Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial/Sixth Circuit, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1996; Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Federal Criminal Practice Rules, James Publishing, 1996. Memberships - Task Force on the role of the State Bar of Michigan appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court, February 2014; Board of Directors, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2009-present; Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999 -present; Co-Chairperson and Founding Member of the Oakland County Criminal Assignment Committee, 1996 - 1999; Member, Local Rules Advisory Committee United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1989 - 1992; Member, Special Committee on Review of the Local Rules United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1990 - 1991; Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989 - present; Member, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 1994 - present; Mediator, Oakland County Circuit and District Courts, 1986 - present; Hearing Panel Member, American Arbitration Association, 1990 - present.  Affiliations - Legal Analyst, WXYZ / Channel 7  (ABC Affiliate) 1993-present.

    Educational Background:

    • The University of Michigan, B.A., 1972
    • Ohio Northern University, J.D. Degree, 1975

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    840 West Long Lake Road
    Suite 150
    Troy, MI 48098

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