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Frank Hathaway

Criminal defense Attorney at East Lansing, MI

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Francis Xavier Hathaway

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2001
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Arson | Burglary | Assault | Drug charges | DUI | Embezzlement | Firearm and weapon offenses | Fraud | Kidnapping | Violent crimes | Domestic violence | Call now for a free consultation.

    26 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Bankruptcy in the United States is a matter placed under Federal jurisdiction by the United States Constitution (in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4), which allows Congress to enact "uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the US.

    19 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Attorney Hathaway is capable of handling your contract and agreements, including dispute resolution. Call him today for a free consultation.

    26 years

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing is a way for individuals in the United States to undergo a financial reorganization supervised by a federal bankruptcy court. The Bankruptcy Code anticipates the goal of Chapter 13 as enabling income-receiving debtors.

    18 years

  5. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Chapter 7 of the Title 11 of the United States Code (Bankruptcy Code) governs the process of liquidation under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. (In contrast, Chapter 11 governs the process of reorganization of a debtor in bankruptcy).

    18 years

  6. Divorce and separation
    Whether you have been served with a complaint for divorce, or you are contemplating filing for divorce, your decisions on how to proceed should be made knowing the possible consequences and outcomes.

    26 years

  7. Probate
    Administration of a person’s estate occurs after the person dies. It refers to the process by which the decedent’s property is collected, maintained, and distributed among heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors.

Frank Hathaway studied at the University of Detroit-Mercy graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He completed his study of law at Michigan State University College of Law graduating with the degree of Juris Doctor Cum Laude. Mr. Hathaway is admitted to practice in all Michigan Courts, the United States Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He is an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan, past elected member of its Representative Assembly,  member of the Criminal Law Section and a past active member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the Michigan State Bar Association.


Mr. Hathaway focuses his practice on Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, Estate Planning, Criminal Defence,  Business Formation and Continuation, Consumer Debt Relief, Creditor and Debtor relation, Real Estate, Matrimonial Law.


In 2001, the Law Center was formed with a mission of helping individuals and entities by providing quality legal representation, counsel and advice. The Law Center helps its clients grow and discover potential areas for improvement, opportunity and expansion. In 2005 the Law Center was joined by attorney Kelly M. Fletcher to help provide a wider base of legal services. Ms. Fletcher brings to the Law Center a wide and varied experience in business administration, accountancy, tax issue resolution as well as a very successful criminal defense practice.



Hathaway Law Center
121 Burcham Drive
East Lansing, MI, 48823-2703

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Posted by Anvar Akhmedov | September 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Most Honest and Fair Attorney I've every met
Frank has helped me with my legal problems when banks repossessed my trucks and later came back to take my home and personal property to cover their legal fees. Frank got involved and settled with the bank and they didn't touch a thing. I didn't even pay frank my last invoice and he was ok with it. Only after few years I was able to pay him, and I did. Frank is the best and honest Attorney out there. I have met many bad attorney who would turn me away once I ran out of money to pay for their legal fees. Thank you Frank
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great consultant !
Very supportive and knowledgeable person. Easy to contact. Give you clear advice. Always respond fast. He worked with us on buying a house, and will and estate preparation.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2015
Mr. Hathaway
Mr. Hathaway is a very good individual and respects people. He's honest and believes in what's right and wrong. I'd trust Mr. Hathaway with my legal and personal business any day.
Posted by Chris | June 11, 2015
Effective client advocate.
Mr. Hathaway was very helpful in resolving my divorce issues. Although the other parties attorney was not real willing to be helpful, Mr. Hathaway found ways to move a settlement that was amicable to both my ex and myself. He worked hard to be an intermediary and advocated for me along the way. I would recommend his services if you need someone who is a strong advocate.
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Posted by Denver | June 10, 2015
Real Gentleman Frank
Took care of my DUI so I didn't have to spend 18 months in jail, handled my Bankruptcy case and other issues so I didn't have to worry. Frank Hathaway is a true diamond of an attorney that puts trust in the law back in the U.S.A.. . He learned a lot from his father. Recommend him highly. His staff is great and always responsive. If you call Frank, he always gets back to you.
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Posted by Mark | June 10, 2015
Best attorney I've ever had.
Frank has represented me in several cases, always to the good. His knowledge of the law and rights and compassionate mannerism are his greatest strengths.
Posted by Nick | April 20, 2015
Happy to have him as a lawyer.
Thank for your service. You did an excellent job. Appreciate it, hopefully, I won't have to see you again! (Meant that in the best way.)
Posted by George | April 2, 2015
A dispute with AAA about the payment for the damage on my car
Mr. Francis X. Hathaway did an excellent job for me and contacted multiple times in a very professional and effective way the AAA-company on my behalf. I was very pleased with his legal work related to my problem with AAA. My wife Angelica & I we both would highly recommend him to any potential future clients.
Posted by John B. | March 27, 2015
Outstanding Lawyer
Frank Hathaway prepared a Will for me, plus related documents. He was very cooperative in preparing it according to my wishes and instructing me about the options that I had. He has high ethics and was always very professional during all of our interactions and meetings. He continued to check back with me to make sure I was making progress on getting him all the information he needed to prepare my documents. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Matt | March 23, 2015
Excellent Lawyer!
Frank did a great job defending my son when my son made a youthful bad decision. Frank took the time to fully understand the circumstances, and then worked hard on my son's behalf to greatly reduce the impact on my son. Frank did a great job communicating with us all during the legal process. Without Frank's help my son would have faced rather more severe consequences for his actions. At the same time, by explaining what could happen, or could have happened, my son learned some valuable lessons from Frank during the process...
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Posted by Deana | March 20, 2015
Greatly personable, helpful and diverse Attorney
Mr. Hathaway and his office have been very helpful through a very trying time in my life in 2014. He was able to help me through a bankruptcy with an efficiency that amazed me, as I thought it would be a much longer timeline than what it ended up being. He has also helped me through my divorce with excellent results in an amazingly short time. Mr. Hathaway and his office were very professional, friendly, and nonjudgmental with expert knowledge of the questions that I had for each situation. I will happily use his skills and office again for my legal needs. I have already referred family and friends to his office for their legal needs as I was impressed with his work ethic, turnaround time, and ability to help me through that trying time in my life without any judgment on his part. His hourly prices and retainers were also very cost worthy for the amount of work that he had to do for my legal needs.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Hathaway Law Center, PLC
  • 2001 - Present


  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program
  • Standing Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Greater Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Appellate Defenders Organization
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Circuit Court Judicial Campaign
  • Campaign Strategist
  • 2016 - 2016
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Character and Fitness Committee Member
  • 2010 - 2017
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Representative Assembly Member
  • 2010 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • The sword and shield for people of faith extra ordinary support
  • Thomas More Law Center
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Psychologists monthly meeting
  • Families and the courts
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Frank
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Hardworking, trustworthy. Committed to his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Frank for 10 years, and have referred numerous clients to him. I've found him competent, ethical and focused on his clients needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a former prosecutor, I had several cases with Frank. He possesses immeasurable integrity and has a reputation for fighting hard for his clients. Although we never tried a case against one another, he was a lawyer I respected greatly. I always wanted to give his clients a good deal because of the respect I have for Frank."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Frank Hathaway is an excellent attorney. He has a very strong work ethic, his integrity is unbreakable, and is kind and understanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse attorney Frank Hathaway. Frank has been a mentor to me for years in many areas of law (criminal law, family law, landlord-tenant law, L.L.C. formation, etc.). In addition to his legal and advocacy skills in and out of the courtroom, Frank is one of the most ethical and caring people I have ever known. You will be glad that you chose Frank to represent you in your legal matter."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
East Lansing Criminal defense Lawyer Frank Hathaway
Frank Hathaway
Criminal defense Attorney
East Lansing, MI
Licensed for 23 years