Frank eaman

 Mr. Eaman has a distinguished resume as one of Michigan's premier criminal defense attorneys. For example: 

 He has been selected to fill leadership roles by the State Bar of  Michigan, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, and the Michigan  Trial Lawyers Association.  He has received awards for his leadership  from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the National Legal Aid  and Defender Association, and the Friends of Legal Aid .

 He has represented criminal defendants in several famous Detroit cases.   When a local newspaper recently released a book about the history of  Detroit, in a section about Detroit’s ten most famous trials, three of  the trials mentioned were trials where Mr. Eaman represented a client.   In two of those cases, Mr. Eaman’s client was acquitted despite enormous  publicity before and during trial. 

 He has deep roots in Detroit and the Detroit legal community.  His  grandfather, also named Frank D. Eaman, was a famous lawyer in Detroit  for over fifty years, founding a law firm that no longer retains his  name, but remains one of Detroit’s largest law firms.  Mr. Eaman’s  grandfather was a progressive force in the Detroit community, especially  when he was the Police Commissioner of the Detroit Police Department in  the 1940’s.  As police commissioner, Mr. Eaman’s grandfather removed  corrupt officers, many of who were later indicted, and brought civil  service appointment, racial integration, and order and respect to the  Detroit Police Department.  The era was known in Detroit history as “The  Eaman Earthquake.” 

 Mr. Eaman has a deep and abiding commitment to equal justice under the  law.  As a young college student in the 1960’s, he engaged in civil  rights activities in the North, including marching with hundreds of  thousands of Detroiters in the civil rights march down Woodward Avenue  in 1963 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He marched again in the 50th  anniversary of that March in 2013.  As a lawyer, he has fought hard to  see that individuals who cannot afford counsel have competent counsel  who are paid a fair fee for their services.  Three times he has  represented lawyers associations who have sued judges in the Michigan  Supreme Court, where those judges refused to pay reasonable fees to  lawyers who accept court assignments to represent those who cannot  afford counsel in criminal cases. Eaman accepted assignments to  represent indigent defendants for many years at the beginning of his  career.  Recently, he successfully appealed on behalf of a lawyer who  was paid only $5 an hour for a defense of a man accused of first degree  murder.  For the opinion in that case, click here.  Mr. Eaman also was part of a coalition of lawyers who sued the State of  Michigan because it is one of a handful of states that fail to provide  any funds for public defense.  The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that  the lawsuit could go forward, and that opinion was affirmed by the  Michigan Supreme Court.  For a copy of that opinion, click here


As a result of the many lawsuits, and public pressure,  Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill creating a commission to form a  state public defender.  Mr. Eaman was invited to the bill signing when  the commission was formed. 

                                                                "Not Enough Money Or Time To Defend Detroit's Poor" 

 Left: Frank Eaman with Governor Snyder at the bill signing of the new Indigent Defense Act in 2013. 

 While Mr. Eaman enjoyed success as a criminal defense attorney early in  his career, his skills have continued to improve as he has represented  clients in increasingly difficult cases, still continuing to win most of  his cases.  Now, he is often sought for advice by other criminal  defense attorneys.  Many of Detroit’s most distinguished citizens have  sought Mr. Eaman’s help when friends or family members needed  representation because of exposure to liability in criminal cases.