Patrick T. Barone
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Patrick T. Barone

Barone Defense Firm

280 N. Old Woodward Ave.
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248-594-4554


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About Patrick T. Barone

Patrick T. Barone is the founding partner and CEO of The Barone Defense Firm, whose practice is limited primarily to zealously defending citizens accused of drunk or drugged driving. The Firm is headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, and maintains offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Barone is an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches “Drunk Driving Law and Practice,” and he served on the Faculty Advisory Board for BAC-Tracker International, Inc. Mr. Barone frequently lectures at national and state seminars attended by lawyers, judges, and scientists, and he has provided expert commentary in newspapers, on television and on the radio. He has also served as the executive editor of The DWI Journal: Law & Science (Whitaker Newsletters, Inc.), a nationally circulated legal periodical dedicated to improving the knowledge and success rate of defense attorneys in drunk driving cases. In addition to “Defending Drinking Drivers,” Mr. Barone is also the author of “Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen’s Guide,” “Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws” and “Michigan Gun Law; Armed and Educated.” He. Barone authors a regular DUI defense column for the Criminal Defense Newsletter, published by the State of Michigan’s State Appellate Defender’s Office. Mr. Barone has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles on trial practice and drunk driving defense tactics for various legal journals and periodicals. Mr. Barone is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College and has served on the faculty of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan’s Trial Practice College, where he provided trial skills training to Michigan’s criminal defense practitioners. He is a Board-Certified practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, and is the only Michigan lawyer to have obtained this certification. Mr. Barone has received much recognition and numerous awards including an “AV” (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and “Superb” and 10/10 by Mr. Barone is included in the book “Best Lawyers in America,” and has been consistently named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyers in Metro Detroit” by DBusiness and Crain’s Detroit Business magazines and has recently been rated as among the top 5% of Michigan’s lawyers by “Leading Lawyers” magazine where he serves on the publication’s advisory board. He 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 because of this training, Mr. Barone 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. He is believed to be the only attorney in Michigan to have been so qualified.

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