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. 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
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.Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Frank Eaman of Huntington Woods, Brandy Robinson of Detroit, John Shea of Chelsea, and Michael Swor of Grosse Pointe Woods, to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.The commission was created to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. In October 2011, Snyder issued Executive Order 2011-12, establishing the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, responsible for recommending improvements to the state’s legal system. These recommendations served as the basis for legislation to address this need and called for the 15-member Indigent Defense Commission that the governor signed into law in July 2013. “A key principle of the judicial system is that every citizen has a right to competent legal counsel,” Snyder said. “I am confident these members will continue to serve our state well on this commission.” Members will serve four-year terms expiring April 1, 2020. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Read Details http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657_59871-381842--,00.html Mr. Eaman is in the top 5% of lawyers nationwide named as a “Super Lawyer” in his field. Frank D. Eaman has been rated ”AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years, the highest rating for competence and ethics bestowed by that national lawyers’ rating service. Reviews & Peer endorsements: http://eamanlaw.com/michigan_criminal_lawyer_ratings.htm (link to our website) https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/48226-mi-suzan-gabbara-4235907.html (Avvo) https://www.thumbtack.com/profile/reviews (thumbtack)
Suzan Gabbara first joined Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, in January of 2012 as an intern while she was a law student at Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills. She distinguished herself at Cooley, graduating Cum Laude in May of 2012. After graduation from law school, she continued working at the firm as a law clerk, and then joined Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, as an attorney in November of 2012 when she passed the Michigan Bar exam.
Ms. Gabbara has assisted Mr. Eaman on several, complicated, lengthy criminal trials both in federal court and state court – helping to plan strategy and witness examinations, and organizing voluminous discovery materials. She continues to assist with criminal cases, and handles the firm’s misdemeanor cases.
Since joining Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, as an attorney, Ms. Gabbara has added her own different practice areas to the firm, including immigration law, family law, and business law. She speaks four languages – English, German, Arabic, and Aramaic.
Mr. Eaman says about Ms. Gabbara: “Seldom has a student come to work for me who has shown the exceptional ability, intelligence, talent, and promise that Ms. Gabbara brings to our firm. I am very happy that she has decided to stay with us. No doubt she will continue to be greatly appreciated by our clients for the hard work she brings to every case, and the personal touch she brings to representing our clients.”
Jennifer Qonja joined Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, in January of 2015 as a part-time attorney. In January of 2016 she became a full-time attorney. Jennifer assists both Frank and Suzan in their work before the courts, and represents her own clients in a variety of cases. Her specialty is research and writing. She has written briefs for the trial courts, court of appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
About Eaman and Gabbara PLLC
The principal attorney at Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, is Frank D. Eaman, a distinguished criminal defense attorney who has been representing clients in criminal cases, trials and appeals, since 1971. Mr. Eaman has been an adjunct law professor at Cooley Law School for more than 10 years, and an instructor at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College for the same length of time. Hundreds of criminal defense lawyers throughout Michigan have been taught the skills needed to be a competent trial attorney by Mr. Eaman.
Eaman and associates,
Frank and his staff of well skilled and informed legal team are head and shoulders above the rest . If you're in need of a criminal defense lawyer, or considering one , please don't hesitate to contact this team of legal professionals ! I highly recommend their expertise and knowledge
Very helpful and experienced
I dealt with one of the attorneys, Suzan Gabbara, and she was very on point with our case. She worked hard, kept us informed of the status of the case on a regular basis. She is very kind, informative and you can feel her working toward the case with seriousness and depth. Would use her again should the future hold another circumstance of a need of a lawyer.
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- Criminal Defense Attorneys Of Michigan
- National Association Of Criminal Defense Attorneys
- NLADA Award
- Best Brief Award
- Michigan Supreme Court (2X)