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Phone: (734) 997-2156
Phone 2: (734) 761-9000
Fax: (734) 761-9001

Karl R. Frankena was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1964 and served as law clerk on Michigan Court of Appeals from 1965 to 1967.

Mr. Frankena has been actively involved in community organizations and was a founding member and the first chairperson of the Huron Valley Group of the Sierra Club, has served as a member, chair and secretary of the Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission, and as a director of the Legacy Land Conservancy.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1964)
  • University of Michigan, B.A. with distinction (1961)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan (1964)

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • Sierra Club, Huron Valley Group
    Founding Member and First Chairperson (1968-1972)
  • Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission
    Member, Chair and Secretary (1972-1988)
  • Legacy Land Conservancy
    Director (1974-2006)

Representative Legal Services

Acquisition, development and sale of real estate through representation of either the current owner selling to a developer or a developer seeking approval of a planned development that is frequently done in the form of a conventional or site condominium.

Representation of condominium and homeowners associations in the interpretation and enforcement of their organizational documentation.

“As an attorney, it is important to me to be able to anticipate a client’s needs and provide legal services in a timely fashion.”