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Mr. Barone has been recognized for his achievements in OWI defense by several publications and organizations. In addition to being a Leading Lawyer, he has an "AV" (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He's also been rated "Seriously Outstanding" by SuperLawyers, "Outstanding/10.0" by AVVO and since 2009 has been included in the list of "America's Best Lawyers" by US News & World Report. Mr. Barone is the founding president of the Michigan Association of OWI attorneys and is a Sustaining Member for the College for DUI Defense.
Mr. Barone is the author of two books on DUI defense, including the two-volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers and Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen's Guide. He's also written chapters in several publications on the subject of DUI and vehicular homicide. He is an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches drunk driving law and practice. He also lectures at continuing education seminars throughout the state and country, and has provided expert commentary in newspapers, on television and on radio.
He is the author of a monthly DUI defense column for Michigan's Criminal Defense Newsletter and also served as executive editor for The DWI Journal: Law & Science (Whitaker Newsletters, Inc.), a nationally circulated legal periodical.
Mr. Barone has been certified as an instructor and practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Partly as a result of this training, he has been judicially qualified as a court expert, allowing him to give opinion testimony before a jury regarding issues relating to DUI investigations and police officers' field sobriety testing protocols.
Mr. Barone is certified by the National Patent Analytical Corporation (the manufacturer of the DataMaster) to operate and perform essential diagnostic verifications and calibration checks on the BAC DataMaster.
As the founding president of the Michigan Association of OWI attorneys, Mr. Barone moderates a statewide listserve and participates in a national listserve of DUI practitioners, allowing him to exchange and share information about new and existing DUI laws, national and local trends in the law; and trial tactics.
Michigan State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law Section
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White Inc., 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Best Law Firms, Woodward/White Inc., 2011, 2012. 2013, 2014
- 2012 AVVO "Client Choice Awards"
- Michigan SuperLawyer, 2007- 2014
- Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit, dBusiness, November 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Martindale-Hubbell "AV" (highest) rating, 2009-present
- Award of Excellence, Dui-Help.com, 2006
Faculty - Michigan Trial Practice College
Adjunct Professor - Thomas M. Cooley Law School
SFST Instructor Certification, Walden, Platt & Associates, 2005
Certification, National Patent Analytical Systems (manufacturer of the DataMaster), 2005
SFST Student Certification Walden, Platt & Associates, 2004
Faculty, Trial Lawyer's College at CDAM, Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, 2009-present
Adjunct Professor, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2008-present
Principal at Barone Defense Firm, 2003-present
Faculty Advisory Board, BAC Tracker, 2009-2010
Executive Editor, DWI Journal - Law & Science, 2006-2010
Attorney, Law Office of Patrick T. Barone, 1992-2003
Associate, Schwartz & Jalkanan, 1991-1992
Judicial Law Clerk, Oakland County Circuit Court, 1988-1991
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Founding President, Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
National College of DUI Defense (sustaining member)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (sustaining member)
American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama
Circuit Court Committee (by special appointment), Oakland County Bar Association
Prior Roster Attorney, Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System
Prior Mentor, Oakland County Circuit Court Criminal Assigned Counsel System
Published Legal Writing:
Co-Author, Defending Drinking Drivers, James Publishing, 2006
Author, Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen's Handbook, Createspace Publishing, 2012
Author, "Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases (chapter)," Leading Lawyers on Understanding DUI Cases, Developing a Thorough Defense, and Negotiating Settlements, Aspatore Books, 2012, 2014.
The Barone Defense Firm includes five highly-skilled lawyers devoted exclusively to drunk driving defense, including those cases involving death or serious injury. Because the Barone Defense Firm accepts no other types of cases, it has become synonymous with DUI defense. The Barone Defense Firm is also synonymous with service excellence, as everyone on the team always strives to exceed our client's expectations.
Family: Married 18 years, father of two teenage girls.
Additional Office Locations: 61 Commerce Ave., Grand Rapids. Mich.
Parking: Free covered parking nearby