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Frank J. DeFrancesco

728 Pleasant Street
Suite 204
St. Joseph, MI 49085
T 269.408.9003
F 269.983.1401


Since his admission to the bar, Frank DeFrancesco has dedicated his practice by helping clients with in land use and zoning issues, real estate development, employment law, municipal law, transactional work, including loan documents, condominium law, business law, landlord/tenant law (representing the landlord), environmental law, estate planning for the individual and business owner and business succession planning.

Frank has extensive knowledge in the area of municipal law, including inter-municipal agreements and has been counsel of record in major municipal capital improvements. Frank also represents various small to medium-sized businesses. He is called upon by other lawyers to handle complex real estate development and transactional matters. Frank’s extensive knowledge of real estate matters and land planning make him especially suited to represent both municipalities and real estate developers across western Michigan.

Frank has practiced law in Berrien County since he was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 1986. Frank attended Lake Michigan Catholic High School and went on to undergraduate work at Central Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, cum laude.  Frank went on to graduate from the University of Detroit (Mercy) School of Law in 1986 with a juris doctorate.  Frank has been in private practice for 30 years and strives to maintain a high level of integrity, diligence, and legal ability in the course of representing his clients.


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
    • Business Law Section
    • Environmental Law Section
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Probate & Estate Planning Law Section
    • Public Corporation and Real Property Section
  • Berrien County Bar Association, Member
  • Michigan Municipal League, Member
  • Michigan Legal Forum Volume 10, Published in 1995 by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, General Editor
Community Involvement:
  • Catholic Community Education Commission, Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, Past Board Member


University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1986

Central Michigan University, B.S., 1983, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions


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

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Court