Patrick Fragel is a seasoned lawyer dedicated to providing clients with personal service in their criminal cases, bankruptcy cases and general practice matters. He provides professional representation to protect their rights and obtain their legal goals. He has earned a distinguished rating for legal skills and ethical standards from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service for the past 10 years.
Attorney Patrick Fragel believes that everyone is entitled to a fair trial. He fights for the rights of his clients and works to understand the situation in its entirety. Each case is unique, and it is important to create a relevant defense based on the individual situation. Focusing on general practice cases as well as bankruptcy and criminal defense, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience throughout his career. Working with clients from diverse backgrounds, he has built a strong foundation of strategies and tactics to support his work. Whether helping people to protect their homes, businesses, or personal freedoms, he is prepared to do what it takes to fight for their rights.
While other lawyers may hire paralegals to complete necessary research for each case, Attorney Fragel does this personally. He believes in staying very active and hands-on, allowing him to better connect with his clients and fully understand their situation. He remains accessible, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, should an emergency arise. Fighting for his clients' rights is very important to him and he works to build a strong trust. Payment plans make it possible for clients to afford the service they need to tackle their legal problems. Patrick Fragel is passionate about supporting the people of Western Michigan and has been meeting their legal needs since 1993.
When it comes to the legal system, Patrick has experience working on both sides of a case. As a former prosecutor, he fought to prove that a crime had been committed and convince the judge and jury that the defendant was guilty. On the flip side, working as a defense attorney, he fights to ensure criminal defendants get an aggressive defense strategy and a fair trial.
Patrick earned his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, in 1993. Here he gained not only the knowledge, but also practical experience to help him become a more effective lawyer. His hard work and dedication paid off and he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Sales and Negotiable Instruments.
It was during his second year of law school that he became interested in working in criminal law. He was selected by the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan for an internship.
This gave him real-life experience putting together cases and fighting for convictions. His determination, knowledge, and skill helped him to win several misdemeanor conviction cases as a second year law student. As he was researching and helping to support these clients, he realized that there was a strong need for proactive defense attorneys. The prosecution is not always correct and does make mistakes. Clients also need someone who will fight on their behalf and stand up for their rights even in the most challenging cases. He believes that everyone has the right to a fair and just trial.
Upon graduating he took a position as a full-time prosecutor. Many of his cases involved drug offenses, drunk driving, home invasion, serious assaults, and embezzlement. He became well-versed in these areas and gained a deeper understanding of the Michigan Jury Instructions, Sentencing Guidelines, Michigan Compiled Laws and complex criminal defense strategies. Working with a wide variety of clients, he tried cases of all types. It helped him to build a strong foundation on which to draw from when constructing arguments and cases. It is important that lawyers become familiar with different types of cases because it allows them to apply these skills to other areas and provide better support for their clients.
When he went into private practice, Attorney Patrick Fragel focused on his work as a criminal defense lawyer, fighting for the opposite side. By this point he knew very well how prosecution worked and was able to think as a prosecutor. This helped him to develop a better defense because he was able to see the case from both sides. He could focus on countering these arguments and proving his client's innocence. With more than 15 years of experience he has obtained multiple "not guilty" verdicts in criminal trials. He has also spent this time building his experience in business law, becoming more familiar with commercial transactions and business formation. This allows him to provide a greater range of services to his clients and support them in diverse ways.
In addition to earning his Juris Doctorate, Patrick Fragel also attended Michigan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in advertising. After graduation he decided to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Army, Infantry Division. He learned many valuable skills and refined his leadership abilities working his way up through the ranks to captain. He served as a company commander and managed a public affairs unit. Patrick Fragel took his work seriously and was committed to doing his best. He completed his graduate studies in organizational goal setting and earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Northern Michigan University. Following this achievement he spent time working for the Department of Institutional Research conducting outcome assessments. These skills and experiences have served to further strengthen his abilities as a lawyer.
He has focused his work on Michigan law and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of policies as well as courtroom procedures. His experience and dedication have
earned him a "distinguished” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Independent Lawyer Rating Service for ethical practice and legal knowledge. His firm has helped thousands of clients to obtain the high-quality legal counsel that they deserve. Attorney Patrick Fragel is committed to fighting for the rights of Michigan residents and providing them with personal attention and sound legal advice.
Attorney Patrick Fragel prides himself on tackling even the most difficult cases. His knowledge, training, and experience have prepared him to take on complex bankruptcy and criminal cases. He plans to continue building and refining his skills through trial workshops, and topic seminars. Clients can trust in his experience and commitment to addressing their individual needs. He understands that no two cases are the same and that each deserves the same high level of attention. He will continue to remain active in each case doing the necessary research to become more familiar with the situation.
As a lifelong Michigan resident, Patrick Fragel knows the region and court system very well. He has worked with many legal professionals in all aspects of the industry and is familiar with the intricacies of the law and court system. He continues to build these professional relationships in order to have access to the most valuable resources for his clients. Attorney Fragel is dedicated to continuing to provide his clients with the high-quality, personalized service and attention that they have come to expect. Whether they are looking for help with bankruptcy, criminal defense, or general practice, Patrick Fragel is prepared to meet their unique needs and fight for their rights.