Get to Know Jeanne Frazee

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By Jo Mathis
Legal News

Jeanne Frazee has been a solo practitioner for 30 years, with a practice devoted almost exclusively to family law matters. Her office is located in Livonia, and she practices regularly in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Macomb counties. She was recently named a Super Lawyer.

She graduated from the University of Michigan at Dearborn with a bachelor’s in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, and obtained her J.D. from Wayne State University. Frazee has volunteered extensively in the past for the Michigan Humane Society, helping to organizing other volunteers for fundraising events and activities. When she’s not working, she likes to travel and also enjoys checking out new places in and around Detroit.

Favorite local hangouts? I love the Shinola Hotel in Detroit. The bar and restaurant there are amazing. Parc downtown. The Apparatus Room at the Foundation Hotel. It’s great to grab coffee there after court.

Favorite websites? Google. I love that the ability exists to look up literally any obscure thing.

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Winning a custody trial when my opposing counsel had loudly announced to his client at the outset that there was “no way” my client and I would win. That victory was very satisfying!

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B? Probably accounting, as that was my undergraduate degree. I knew I didn’t want to spend all my time in an office, though.

What was always written on your grade school report card?
It varied between “a pleasure to have in class” and “chatty.” I was always getting moved around the classroom, away from friends, because I talked too much.

At what do you secretly excel? I wouldn’t say I “excel” at it, but most people don’t know that I took several years of improv classes at Second City (when it was in Detroit). Keegan Michael-Key was my first instructor.

What would surprise people about your job? How many details there are to keep track of in every case.

What do you wish someone would invent? Time travel.

Favorite stamp on your passport? Recently, London; in the past, Australia and New Zealand.

When you look back into the past, what do you miss most? My parents and grandparents.

If you could have witnessed any event in history, what would it be? Although I was alive for the moon landing in 1969, I was very young. I wish I’d been older so I could have paid more attention to it while it was happening.

What were you doing in your last selfie? Posing with friends up in the mountains on a trip to Whistler, B.C.

Can you think of a failure that ultimately became a positive? Not getting hired by a certain law firm right out of law school. It would have given me little to no opportunity to be in court. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to work on my own and spend time litigating in court.

What is one thing you would like to learn to do? Stand up paddle boarding.

What is the best advice you ever received? “The best you can do is all you can do.”

What are you looking forward to? Being a maid of honor in a wedding up north this fall.

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