Patrick T. Barone Mr. began his legal career in 1988 when he was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Kuhn of the Oakland County Circuit Court. In 1992, he opened his law practice and initially he handled hundreds of disparate felony criminal matters in the adult and juvenile courts.
In 1999, Mr. Barone decided to focus exclusively on cases involving allegations of intoxicated driving. Almost immediately thereafter Mr. Barone quickly began to establish a national reputation for being among the best DUI defense lawyers in the country, and this lead to the formation of the Barone Defense Firm in 2003, which is now headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan. The Barone Defense Firm maintains offices in Grand Rapids as well.
After a national search, in 2006 Mr. Barone was offered the opportunity to become the new author of Defending Drinking Drivers, which was first published in 1986 and authored by one of the titans of DUI defense, John Tarantino. This two-volume textbook remains widely considered a seminal work on the subject. In 2007 Mr. Barone took over as the executive editor of the DWI Journal - Law and Science, and in 2008 he was offered a position as an adjunct professor at the Western University Cooley Law School where he teaches a course entitled “Drunk Driving Law & Practice.” He has also authored chapters in Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012/2014 eds., and a chapter in Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings, 2015 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Understanding the Role of Witnesses in DUI Cases (Inside the Minds) (Aspatore Books). In 2017 Mr. Barone authored two more books, one entitled “Michigan Gun Law” and The Entrepreneurs Guide to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws.
In 2010 Mr. Barone accepted a position as a legal skills instructor for the CDAM/Cooley Trial Practice College, and in 2012 he graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. In 2017 Mr. Barone became a Board-Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama; an action method used by many of the Nation’s top trial lawyers for trial preparation and presentation. No other Michigan lawyer has this distinction. Mr. Barone has applied his psychodrama training in his law and trial practice, in his teaching of law and trial skills, sociodrama in the business environment and Bibliodrama and psychodrama in the church setting.
In his capacity as a business consultant, Mr. Barone has worked with business owners and executives in businesses of all sizes throughout Michigan, including by way of example, TGI Direct, Movimento, AcuMax, A2 Energy Systems LLC, Spry Publishing, Compliance Training Partners/Drakeshire Dental, Booms Stone Co., The Hunter Group, LLC., Vistage Michigan, and dozens of other businesses and executives. Mr. Barone has an “AV” (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and since 2009 has been included in the highly selective US News & World Report’s America’s Best Lawyers while The Barone Defense Firm appears in their companion America’s Best Law Firms.
He has been rated “Seriously Outstanding” by SuperLawyers, rated “Outstanding/10.0” by AVVO and was appointed to the advisory board for the Michigan edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine. The youngest of 6 children, Mr. Barone grew up in Oakland County. He has been happily married over 20 years and is the father of two girls.