Thomas W. Cranmer

Top rated white collar crimes attorney in Troy, Michigan

Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC
Thomas W. Cranmer
Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC

Practice Areas: White collar crimes, Business litigation, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 1975

Education: Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, PLC

840 West Long Lake Road
Suite 150
Troy, MI 48098 Visit website


Attorney Thomas W. Cranmer is a principal of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., law firm, and he works primarily out of the firm's law office in Troy, Michigan. Co-leader of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, Mr. Cranmer has more than 45 years of total legal experience, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Detroit metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Litigation and dispute resolution

·        White collar criminal defense

·        Complex commercial law and litigation

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Cranmer has achieved remarkable success protecting the rights, interests and liberties of his clients while helping them obtain the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He has more than 40 years of courtroom experience, and he has gained a reputation for his impassioned advocacy on behalf of his clients along with his unwavering commitment to their legal needs both inside and outside of the courtroom.

In honor of his impeccable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Cranmer has earned Top 10 designation from Leading Lawyers along with a Band 1 Leading Lawyer ranking from Chambers USA. He has also received many other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients. 

Moreover, he also received the Excellence in Defense Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel in 2015 as well as the Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School Integrity in the Community Award in 2018. That same year, he also received the Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association and the Julian Abele Cook, Jr. – Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award from the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Cranmer worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Oakland County, Michigan, where he gained invaluable insight into the criminal justice system that he uses to devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. A 1972 graduate of the University of Michigan, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1975 from Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law.

Practice areas

Criminal defense: white collar, Business litigation, Business/corporate

Focus areas

White collar crime, Criminal law - federal, Business organizations

  • 50% Criminal defense: white collar
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 20% Business/corporate

First 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; Sustaining 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Michigan
  • 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 Practitioner'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
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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Prosecutor's Foundation for Kids, Board Member, 2010-present
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates and Litigation Counsel of America
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Litigation Counsel of America
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

Office location for Thomas W. Cranmer

840 West Long Lake Road
Suite 150
Troy, MI 48098

Phone: 248-453-9456


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