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Thomas W. Cranmer

Principal
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group Leader

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Education

Ohio Northern University, J.D., 1975

University of Michigan, B.A. 1972

Bar Admissions

Thomas W. Cranmer is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. With more than 35 years of courtroom experience, his practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and "bet-the-company" litigation.

He is recognized as one of Michigan’s leading lawyers. He has been listed in the Top 10 Attorneys in every edition of Michigan Super Lawyers and he has been the highest or second highest rated attorney out of more than 42,000 Michigan attorneys for the past seven years in a row. Recently, he was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as its Lawyer of the Year for 2014.

Prior to joining the firm, Tom served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Oakland County, Michigan, and an Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Tom has extensive experience as a leader and instructor of trial advocacy including teaching for one of the preeminent trial advocacy programs in the United States, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  In addition, he has lectured and written on a wide variety of civil litigation, criminal law and evidence topics. He is a co-author of a Michigan treatise, Civil Trials and Evidence, a contributing author to Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial/Sixth Circuit, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Law for The Thomas M. Cooley Law School teaching Evidence.

Representative Matters

Tom has represented a broad range of corporations, partnerships, financial institutions and individuals in criminal and civil antitrust matters; intellectual property disputes; class action defense matters; income tax evasion; Medicaid, Medicare and healthcare fraud; Food & Drug Administration investigations; criminal OSHA, MIOSHA and state/federal environmental matters; Customs and Border Protection violations; bankruptcy fraud; mail and wire fraud; insurance fraud; bank fraud and embezzlement; defense contractor fraud; national security matters, securities fraud and matters with the SEC; public corruption; controlled substance and conspiracy matters; immigration matters, labor and employment litigation, ERISA litigation and police corruption.

He has extensive experience conducting internal corporate audits, independent audit committee reviews and corporate compliance programs. 

Honors

Michigan Super Lawyers, Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers 2006-present (#1 Michigan Super Lawyer, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014);#2, 2008 and 2012; #3, 2007)

Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense (White-Collar and Non-White-Collar), Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Litigation-Environmental; Litigation-Securities; 2009 Detroit area Bet-the-Company Lawyer of the Year; 2013 Detroit Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, recognized as one of the 2014 Leaders in the Law and selected as the Lawyer of the Year in 2014. In 2007, also named as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Lawyers of the Year

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation in the highest category (Band 1), 2004-present; White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2008-present

Lawdragon Top 3000 2010-present

Benchmark Litigation, Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, 2008-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, Non-White-Collar and White-Collar Criminal Defense 2011-present

Oakland County Republican Party, Practitioner of the Year, 2008

Crain's Detroit Business, selected as one of Detroit's Power Lawyers, 2008

Who's Who in American Law

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in the World

Who's Who in Detroit Business - Law, Crain's Detroit Business, November 2005

Oakland County Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, 1996

Federal Bar Association's Leonard R. Gilman Award, Presented to an Outstanding Practitioner of Criminal Law, 1995

Drug Enforcement Administration Award, 1981

United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1980

Professional Activities

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2000

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2000

International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2003; Board of Governors and State Chairperson, 2012-present

American Board of Trial Advocates, 2000; Michigan Membership Chairperson, 2010; Michigan Secretary, 2011; Michigan Treasurer, 2012; Michigan President-elect, 2013; President of Michigan Chapter, 2014

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2007

The National Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2009

State Bar of Michigan, President, 2005-2006; Statewide Access to Justice Campaign, Chairperson; Board of Commissioners, 1997-2006; Representative Assembly, 1986-1992; Chairperson, Standing Committee on Grievance, 1993-1997; Co-Chairperson, Awards Committee, 2007-2013; Law and the Media Committee, 2006-2012; Judicial Crossroads Task Force, 2010; Task Force on the Role of the State Bar of Michigan, 2014

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Board of Directors, 2010-present

Appellate Defender Commission for the State of Michigan, appointed member and Vice-chairperson, 2011-present

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2006-present

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan; Chapter President, 1995-1996

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 1992-2012; President, 2002-2003; Trustee Emeritus, 2012-present

Oakland County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1994-2003

Oakland County Criminal Assignment Committee, Co-Chairperson and Founding Member, 1996-1999

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Trustee, Historical Society, 2007-present; Local Rules Advisory Committee, 1989-1992; Special Committee on Review of the Local Rules, 1990-1991

Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member, 1999-present

American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2005

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Life Patron Fellow, 1995

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Charter Fellow, 1992

American Arbitration Association, Hearing Panel Member, 1990-present

Prosecutor's Foundation for Kids, Board Member, 2010-present

Oakland County Circuit and District Courts, Mediator, 1986-present

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 1994-present

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1986-present

United States Sentencing Commission, Practitioner's Advisory Group, 2009-2011

Teaching

Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, (teaching Evidence), 2005-present

University of Detroit Mercy Inn of Court, 1996-present

Oakland County Bar Association Inn of Court, Founding Member, 2004-present

Speeches

"Brave New World of Federal Practice," The Rutter Group, June 2014

"What Other ADR Tools Are in the Litigator's Toolbox?" 13th Annual ICLE Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Institute, March 13, 2014

"Opening With Your Best Shot," Michigan Defense Trial Council, June 21, 2013

"Getting In and Out of Federal Court: New Rules, New Solutions," The Rutter Group, 2013

"How to Prepare Your Client to Testify at Trial," Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Masters Class, 2012

"Age-Old Ground Rules Have Changed!," The Rutter Group, 2012

“E-Discovery Update 2012 - ESI & the Government,” Webinar, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 29, 2012

"Game Changers," New Federal Rule Amendments and Cases, The Rutter Group, 2011

"Major Changes in Federal Practice," The Rutter Group, 2010

“Crime and Punishment: Legal Essentials for Physicians,” Oakland County Bar Association-Oakland County Medical Society, 2009.

“The Latest in Aggressive Healthcare Fraud Investigation and Law Enforcement,” Miller Canfield, 2009.

"Prosecution of White Collar Crime," Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, 2009

"Revisiting Irving Younger's Ten Commandments of Cross Examination," State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Seminar, 2009

"Home Run Motions in Federal Court," The Rutter Group, 2009

"Criminal Law & Opening Statements," State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Seminar, 2008

"Recent Changes in Federal Rules of Civil Procedures and Local Court Rules," The Rutter Group, 2008

"Federal Trial Practice," The Rutter Group, 2004-2007

"Survival Skills in U.S. District Court," The Rutter Group, 1995; 2003

"Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination," Lorman Education Services, 2003

"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

"Federal Litigation a Cyberworld," The Rutter Group, 2001

"What Makes Juries Listen? - Connecting With the Jury," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2001

"Federal Rules of Evidence Complex Issues - Practical Solutions," The Rutter Group, 1999

"How to Win Your First Jury Trial," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1999

"Representing Criminal Defendants," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1997

"Destination Federal Court," The Rutter Group, 1996

"Evidence: Sharpening Your Direct and Cross-Examination Skills," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1995

Publications

"Civil Trials and Evidence," West Publishing, (2001) co-author with the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Honorable Kurtis T. Wilder and Rodger D. Young, Esq.

"Federal Civil Procedure Before Trial/Sixth Circuit," Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, (1996) contributing author

"Federal Criminal Practice Rules," James Publishing, Editorial Advisory Board (1996)

"How to Handle the Media in a High-Profile Case," Ann Arbor Area Business Monthly, May 2005

"Safeguarding Your Company: Key Factors Influencing Sentencing of Business Organizations," Midwest In-House, April 2005

"The Art of Cross-Examination," Michigan Bar Journal, August 2013