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Martin E. Crandall

Of Counsel
fax +1 313.309.6813

Martin Crandall represents clients in white-collar and criminal defense and civil litigation.

Martin represents clients in a broad spectrum of criminal defense matters, including federal and state jury and non-jury trials, and federal grand jury investigations for white collar crimes, including mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, interstate theft and racketeering. He assists clients in matters of federal and state grand jury subpoenas for witnesses and for the records of businesses, negotiations with U.S. Attorneys’ offices throughout the nation, and negotiations for immunity orders for witnesses in federal trials and/or before grand juries.

Martin has extensive experience in investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, IRS, DEA, INS, SEC and Department of Labor. These investigations typically involve working closely with the U.S. Attorney and related the federal and state investigative agencies.

In addition, he represents clients in the prosecution and defense of criminal and civil RICO matters, state of Michigan attorney general investigations, and EPA and MIOSHA investigations generated by the U.S. Attorney, federal grand jury or Michigan attorney general. He also handles matters relating to controlled substance violations, drunk driving and similar offenses, murder, kidnapping, robbery, assault, criminal sexual conduct and other violations of federal and state criminal codes.

Martin is Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations group. He has litigated matters in California, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

He began his legal career in Detroit in 1976, as law clerk to the Hon. Lawrence Gubow, United States District Court Judge. In 1979, he took the position of assistant U.S. attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office, in the Eastern District of Michigan. Working as a federal prosecutor, with most U.S., Michigan and Canadian law enforcement agencies, as well as federal grand juries, he prosecuted a variety of both “white collar” and “street” offenses. During this time, Martin gained extensive experience in prosecuting offenses involving conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen property, smuggling, immigration violations, bank robbery and embezzlement, commercial bribery, controlled substance violations, money laundering, extortion, arson, tax fraud and organized crime, including numerous racketeering and union-related offenses.


J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1976
B.S.M.E, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, 1969


Named 2024 Top Lawyer by DBusiness

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2021-2024); Litigation-Labor and Employment (2013-2024)

Named a Leading Lawyer in Detroit by Leading Lawyers℠ (2014-2024)


American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Federal Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit