Honors & Recognitions

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® 2001-2016 (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Family Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers 2005-2015 (Criminal Defense)

Leo Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award, Ingham County Bar Association, 2001


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1978

Michigan State University, M.A., 1975, Education Administration and Curriculum

Michigan State University, B.A., 1971, Social Science/Teacher Certification; Psychology Minor

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Frank H. Reynolds
T: 517.371.8244
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Frank H. Reynolds

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T: 517.371.8244
F: 517.371.8200

Frank Reynolds joined Foster Swift in 2009 as a shareholder in the firm’s General Litigation Group. His practice focuses on State and Federal criminal defense and professional licensing. He has successfully defended many high profile cases in Ingham County and throughout Michigan.  Through his career he has tried more than 250 cases - everything from a simple misdemeanor to the capital offense murder.

Frank's passion is teaching and developing young professionals.  With his success comes many opportunities to speak and teach. He has presented and lectured across Michigan to educational, charitable, and professional legal organizations, high school classes, community college and college classes, and he has served in adjunct professorships at both area law schools, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law.

In recognition of his contributions to the practice of law and his commitment to ensuring high standards of practice, Mr. Reynolds has received numerous awards and recognitions, including leadership positions in the local and state bar associations, numerous selections as Special Prosecutor, appointments to boards and inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and appointment by former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, William H. Rehnquist, to the Magistrate Judge Education Advisory Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. Frank served on the Judicial Qualifications Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. He formerly chaired the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character and Fitness and is a life member Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Reynolds received his law degree from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, and holds a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.

He is admitted to practice in Michigan and in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully achieved a declination to authorize the death penalty by the U.S. Attorney General. 
  • Acquittals in numerous criminal jury trials.
  • Negotiation of major pleas in numerous state and federal criminal cases.


  • 6th Circuit Court of Appeals:

                1. Merit Review Panel for Federal Public Defender for Western District of

                    Michigan (2012)

                2. Merit Selection Panel FPD, WDMI (2002)

                3. Merit Selection Panel for Western District of Michigan (2000)

  • District Court – Western District of Michigan:

                Merit Selection Panel For Magistrate Judge, Western District of Michigan 


  • United States Supreme Court:

                Federal Judicial Center – Magistrate Judges Education Committee (2001)

                Reappointment By USSC Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (2004)


Speaking Engagements

  • Building a Trial Book, Foster Swift CLE Room Lansing, August 18, 2010
  • Seminar for Criminal Defense Attorneys, May 22, 2010
  • Panel Program - Claude McCollum Case "Justice or Injustice", HOM TV hosted by JoAnne Paul, April 2010
  • Prosecutor Intern Training, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, 2010
  • CSI Effect, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, October 14, 2009
  • Justice Panel Member, Eaton County Circuit Court, June 30, 2009

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  • An Adventure to the Bottom of the World, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, February 2010
  • Michigan Sentencing Guidelines Calculation, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, 1996
  • High Profile Cases and the Media, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, 1995
  • Community Corrections, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, 1992
  • Domestic Relations-Mediation/Trial, Ingham County Bar Association Briefs, 1992

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations: 
  • State Bar of Michigan, Judicial Qualifications Committee
          -Member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee (former)
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Ingham County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Inns of Court, Michigan State University College of Law Chapter (former)
  • Federal Judicial Center, Magistrate Judge - Education Committee (former)
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Historical Society of the Western District of Michigan
  • National Sentencing Association (former)
  • Ingham County Sobriety Court Foundation, Board of Directors (former)
Community Involvement:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region, Board of Directors (former)