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Patrick Thomas Barone

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Patrick T. Barone, is the Founding Partner and CEO of the Barone Defense Firm, with offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids Michigan. The Barone Defense Firm includes six highly skilled lawyers exclusively devoted to the defense of allegedly intoxicated drivers, including those cases involving serious injury or death; no other cases are accepted. Because of this the Barone Defense Firm has become synonymous with DUI defense. The Barone Defense Firm is also synonymous with service excellence and everyone at the Firm strives always to exceed our client's expectations.

Patrick T. Barone is also the author of two books on DUI defense including the well-respected two volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing) and Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen’s Guide.  He had also authored chapters in Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012/2014 eds. (Aspatore Books).  Mr. Barone is also an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches Drunk Driving Law and Practice, on the faculty of the Michigan Trial Practice College, and National College for DUI Defense, and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. 

Patrick T. 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 has recently been appointed to the advisory board for the Michigan edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine.  


If you want to fight a DUI/DWI or other alcohol related crime such as DUI Causing Death or Serious Personal Injury, we are YOUR firm. Our top job is to obtain the best possible result through a reduced plea or if possible to win at trial, and if there is a conviction, to keep you out of jail & keep you driving. Contact us 24 hours - 7 days a week.  FREE interview. Impressive and unmatched personal service.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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  • Matthew Wayne Chapel

    I know Patrick from having met him at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College in 2011. Since that time, from time to time, I have consulted with Patrick regarding DUI/DWI issues affecting my clients. Why? It's simple. Patrick is an authority on DUI/DWI matters. He has written authoritative books and articles to help other attorneys understand the complexities of not only the the different tests which form the basis of the States charges for DUI/DWI, his books address strategies for mounting an effective defense for our clients. In addition to writing "the book" on DUI/DWI defense, Patrick is dedicated to being the best Trial Lawyer he can be. That's what you need if you are in trouble -- a Trial Lawyer. And, that is Patrick Barone!


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  • Charles Melville Rowland II

    100% DUI defense. This is why you should choose Patrick Barone.


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Contact info

280 N Old Woodward Ave Ste 200
Birmingham, MI, 48009

61 Commerce Ave, S.W.
Suite 504
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503



MIActive And In Good Standing199108/04/2016
ILAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice199308/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
America's Best Lawyers/DUI/DWIU.S. News & World Report2016
Best Law FirmsU.S. News & World Report2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers in America2015
Best Lawyer DUI/DWIBest Lawyers in America2015
Advisory BoardLeading Lawyers in America2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer DUI/DWIBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Best Law FirmsU.S News & World Report2014
U.S. News & World ReportBest Law Firms2013
Top Lawyersdbusiness2013
Best Lawyer DUI/DWIBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Michigan LawyersCrain's Detroit Business2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Lawyers in MichiganDBusiness2012
Best Law Firms - DUI/DWI DefenseU.S. News & World Report2012
Superstar (of Persuasion)Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
2010 Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2010
Best Law Firms DUI/DWI DefenseU.S. World & News Report2010
Best Lawyers in Metro DetroitCrain's Detroit Business2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
2009 Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
B AC Tracker Software Proficiency CertificationNational Forensic Science Consultancy2008
2009 SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
2009 Best Lawyers in Metro Detroitdbusiness2008
2008 SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2007
2006 Award of ExcellenceDUI-Help.com2006
SFST Instructor CertificationWalden, Platt & Associates2005
CertificationNPAS, the manufacturer of the DataMaster2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Faculty - Trial Lawyer's CollegeCDAM - Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorThomas M. Cooley Law School2008 - Present
PrincipalBarone Defense Firm2003 - Present
Co-Founder & PsychodramatistMichigan Psychodrama Center2015 - 2016
Faculty Advisory BoardBAC Tracker2009 - 2010
Executive EditorDWI Journal - Law & Science2006 - 2010
AttorneyLaw Office of Patrick T. Barone1992 - 2003
AssociateSchwartz & Jalkanan1991 - 1992
Judicial Law ClerkOakland County Circuit Court1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Group Psychotherapy and PsychodramaMember2011 - Present
VistageMember2006 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)Sustaining Member2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
NCDD - College for DUI DefenseSustaining Member2003 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Criminal Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1991 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel SystemPrior Roster AttorneyN/A
Oakland County Circuit Court Criminal Assigned Counsel SystemPrior Mentor1993 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Second Offense with .15 Dismissed!Second Offense DUI Dismissed
.14 OWI DismissedOWI Dismissed
Felony DUI dismissed: No Jail time imposed!Felony DUI dismissed; no jail time.
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Publication nameTitleDate
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterCriminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences: Part One2016
James Publishing publicationDefending Drinking Drivers - 2016 Update2016
Michigan Bar JournalBreath and Blood Tests in Intoxicated Driving Cases; Why They Fail to Meet Basic Scientific and Legal Safeguards for Admissibility2015
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Best Practices for the Preparation and Presentation of Defense Witnesses, and Cross-Examination of Prosecution Witnesses2015
The Champion magazineVoir Dire Breaking the Magic Spell When Judges Improperly Rehabilitate Jurors2015
James Publishing publicationDefending Drinking Drivers 2015 Update2015
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterCan Michigan Ever Derive a Valid Uncertainty Budget for Breath Testing2014
The WarriorEthically and Professionally Marketing Your Practice2014
Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases: Inside the Minds (Aspator Books)Navigating the Waters of DUI Vehicular Homicide Law2014
Michigan Bar JournalRepresenting Heath Care Professionals Accused of Drug and Alcohol Related Crimes2013
The Champion magazineIndependent Juries: Liberty's Last Defense2013
Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases (Inside the Minds)Successfully Dealing with the Most Difficult Aspects of a DUI Homicide Case2012
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterA DUI Prosecutor's Ethical Obligation to Provide Favorable Discovery2009
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterMichigan Driver's Find Insurance Difficult to Obtain After DUI Conviction2009
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterOakland County to Begin Virtual Work Release2009
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterA DUI Defense Lawyer Should Never be Required to Disclose Their Client's Prior Alcohol Related Convictions2009
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterDUI Defense Column: Well Drafted Fee Agreements in DUI Cases2009
SADO Criminal Defense NewsletterDUI Defense Column: Confronting the OWI "Per Se" Charge:2009
DWI Law & Science JournalUsing Videotapes and PowerPoint to Persuade the Jury2009
DWI Law & Science JournalAdvantages of Substance Abuse Treatment to the Drunk Driving Accused2009
DWI Law & Science JournalConfronting the Chemical Test: Using the Confrontation Clause to Keep Test Results Out of Evidence2009
DWI Law & Science JournalA DUI Lawyer's Duty to Preserve Client Confidences Should Take Precedence Over Candor to the Court2009
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnGetting a High BAC Drunk Driving in 2010 will Really Blow!2009
DWI Law & Science JournalRaising and Preserving Independent State Constitutional Grounds in DUI Cases2009
DWI Law & Science JournalAn Unethical Lawyer and His Money Will Soon Go Separate Ways: How to Avoid Fee Agreement Disputes in Criminal Cases2009
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnThe Gun-Grabbing DUI Task Force: Loss of CCW Permit as a Collateral Consequence of Conviction2008
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceSWOTing Your Way to Not Guilty2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnEtG Tests Do Not Reliably Monitor Court-Ordered Abstinence in DUI Cases2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/ DUI Defense ColumnCan the DataMaster Ever Accurately Measure Blood Alcohol?2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnCasino Workers Shouldn’t Gamble with Drunk Driving2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnGetting and Holding Jurors' Attention During Voir Dire2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnMichigan Among the States with the Most Drunk Drivers2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnWhen a Breath Test Refusal is Not a Refusal2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnDUI and Deportation2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnAn OWI Conviction May Bar International Travel2008
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceIdentifying and Eliminating De-Facto Experts2008
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnBreaking Through to the Two-Word Verdict2008
DWI Law & Science JournalAvoiding Claims for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in DUI Cases.2008
DWI Law & Science JournalUsing Alcohol Biomarkers to Monitor Court Ordered Abstinence2008
DWI Law & Science JournalGeneral Due Process and the Importance of Assuring the Court’s Gate-Keeping Function in DUI Cases2008
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceJudge vs. Attorney Conducted Voir Dire2007
Michigan Bar JournalKeeping Your Head Above Water in DUI Boating Cases: A Lawyer's Guide to Michigan's Drunk Boating Laws2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnUsing Software to Assist the Jury in Understanding Alcohol Metabolism Calculations2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceIdentification of Transdermal Alcohol2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceGood Trial Practice is Simply a Complicated Exercise in Restraint2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceMay I Have Your Attention Please? Getting a Two-Word Verdict from a Two-Word Attention Span2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceThe Current Status of Source Code Litigation2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnTwo New Bills to Toughen Drunk Driving Laws2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceThe Brave New World of DUI Defense2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnNew Breath Testing Rules Offer Accused Less Protection Against Unreliable Evidence2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceAsking the Jury for Justice2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnDUI Discovery and the “126-Day” Rule: A Defense Attorney’s Perspective2007
DWI Journal: Law and SciencePersuading Juries Using the Six Principles of Influence2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceUsing Your Client’s Disability to Cripple the State’s Case2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceSerum Blood Defenses in DUI Cases: Why Serum Doesn’t Tell the “Whole” Story2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnHeidi’s Law Removes 10 Year Look-Back for Felony Drunk Driving2007
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnRepresenting the Out of State Driver2007
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceUsing Common Metaphors and Analogies to Win at Trial2007
James Publishing publicationDrunk Driving Defense2006
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnCrafting Winning Arguments for Your Next OWI Trial2006
CDAM The Right to CounselDoes Anstey Suggest an Expanded Role for Michigan’s DUI Juries?2006
SADO Criminal Defense Newsletter/DUI Defense ColumnFalse Positives or Faulty Science — SCRAM Strikes Back2006
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers"Get Your Program Here” DUI Breath Tests, Computers, and Dismissals — Part II, For The Defense2006
Michigan Beverage Institute JournalDUI Boating Offenses in Michigan: Which Defenses Might Float?2006
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers“Get Your Program Here” DUI Breath Tests, Computers, and Dismissals — Part I, For The Defense2006
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceSource Code Defenses: Taking the ‘Byte’ Out of Breath Testing2006
Criminal Defense NewsletterWhy the Greenfield Opinion is a “Brown Field” for DUI Defendants2006
Michigan Beverage Institute JournalThe Sauce on Source Codes: Obtaining DUI Dismissals from Software Non-Disclosures2006
DWI Journal: Law and ScienceJustice Delayed is Justice Denied: Due Process Violations in SCRAM Cases2006
20 Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly 714Unlocking the Mystery Behind Breath Testing: The Right of Access to Source Codes2006
The DUI Book, Michigan EditionCitizen's Handbook on Fighting a Drunk Driving Charge2005
The Right To CounselMichigan’s Drinking Drivers Denied Justice when the Supreme Court Places Speed Above Due Process2005
The Right to CounselKeeping Retrograde Extrapolation Out of Your Next OWI Trial2005
Michigan Beverage Institute JournalUnderstanding Modern Drunk Driving Law Enforcement, A Laymen’s Primer on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing2005
Michigan Bar JournalDo "Standardized" Field Sobriety Tests Reliably Predict Intoxication?2005
The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys ChampionDWI - Alcohol Monitoring Bracelets: Junk Science or Important Scientific Breakthrough?2005
Illinois State Bar Association’s Traffic Laws & CourtsUsing the Confrontation Clause to Win DUI Cases2005
Michigan Beverage Institute JournalExamining Michigan's New MIP Law2004
The Right to CounselCrawford Objections in DUI Cases: Paper Won’t Cut it Anymore2004
Illinois State Bar Association's Tort TrendsUsing PowerPoint to Prove Your Point at Trial2004
Michigan Beverage Institute JournalMichigan's New .08 Law Tightens Noose Around Drinking Drivers2004
Criminal Defense NewsletterLosing Blood and Liberty on America’s Highways: A Case Review2004
Michigan Bar Journal.08 and Other Changes: 2003 Changes to Michigan's Drunk Driving Laws2004
Michigan Bar JournalUnderstanding Quantitative Blood Alcohol Testing in Drunk Driving Cases,2003
DUI Homicide Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Navigating the Waters of DUI Vehicular Homicide LawN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1991
Oakland UniversityBiologyOther - Bachelors1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring DUI SeminarPharmacology of Drugs in Intoxicated Driving Cases2016
Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense SeminarMichigan DUI Expert Panel Presentation2015
Summer Trial CollegeNot Guilty Button2014
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI CasesSCRAM2014
Drug Recognition ExpertsDefending the Difficult OWI Case2013
Criminal Law SeminarShould You Tell Alcohol Tethers to SCRAM?2013
Advanced OVI SeminarTrial Skills Workshop2013
Grad II: Spence Trial Lawyer's CollegePressing the Not Guilty Button2012
Advanced DUI Defense SeminarPressing the Not Guilty Button in Jurors’ Brains: How to Create and Present Compelling Case-Themes That Leave Jurors Yearning to Acquit2012
2012 Public Defender ConferencePushing the Not Guilty Button in Jurors' Brains2012
Mid-Winter ConferenceMichigan's New Super Drunk and Sobriety Court Laws2011
Mid West DUI Seminar: WINNING: Blows, Stops & TrialsPressing the Not Guilty Button in Jurors' Brains: How to Create and Present Compelling Case-Themes That Leave Jurors Yearning to Acquit2011
Graduate II ProgramApplying the TLC Method to DUI Cases2011
Drunk Driving Defense UpdateDevelopments in Defenses of Super Drunk Cases2011
CDAM Trial Practice CollegeOpening Statements2011
Annual MeetingMichigan's Super Drunk Law2011
Masters of OWI DefenseMaking Transdermal Electrochemical Alcohol Violations “SCRAM2010
CDAM's Spring Conference and Awards DinnerSCRAM Update and Michigan’s New Super Drunk Law2010
Advanced OVI SeminarDiscovering the Story2010
Advanced OVI SeminarWhat Isn’t an Expert2010
11th Annual ConferenceBest Practices Model: A Partnership with a Law Firm and a Treatment Center2010
DUI Fall SeminarBuilding and Managing Your Professional Reputation2009
Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy ProgramThe New DataMaster DMT: What's New, What's Different, What's Changed and How This Impacts the Defense of DUI Cases in Michigan.2009
Criminal Brown Bag SeriesFundamentals of a Drunk Driving Case2009
CDAM's 2009 Spring Conference and Awards DinnerMetabolism of Alcohol; Drugged Driving Issues; Case Law Development2009
Brighton HospitalDUI Defense Attorney's Role in Encouraging Recovery2009
The IICLE DUI AcademyForensic Issues2008
Forensic Blood and Urine SeminarLegal Primer - Role of the Defense Attorney: Forensic Science Foundational Bases2008
Forensic Blood and Urine SeminarHaving the Law at Hand: The 60 United States Supreme Court Cases You Need to Know2008
Forensic Blood and Urine SeminarDeath and Serious Injury Felony Cases2008
Forensic Blood and Urine SeminarPolice Officer Cross-examination2008
Breaking Through to Not GuiltyNew Trial Tactics for DUI and DWI Cases2008
15th Annual Mastering Scientific EvidenceSCRAM Legal Update2008
Dearborn Bar AssociationPreliminary Breath Testing, DataMaster and Alcohol Metabolism2007
Advanced Criminal Defense PracticeDefending the Breath Test Case2007
2007 Bench/Bar ConferenceDrunk Driving Law Update2007
DUI-DWI SeminarLaw Office Management2006
Annual Member ConferencePanel Presentation - Validity of Breathalyzer and Michigan Case Law Update2006
CAPDrunk Driving Defense ­ Standardized Field Sobriety Testing2005
Strategies in Handling OWI and OUIDDrug Recognition Testimony: Don't Let Your Client Get "Fryed" by an Unqualified Expert2004
Annual State of the Law DayNew Tips, Tricks and Trends in Drinking & Driving Litigation2004
Annual Member ConferenceBottlenecking the Prosecution in a DUI Case: What Every Citizen Should Know if They are Pulled Over2004
Issues in Defending OWI CasesDefending the Drunk Driving Case with Blood Intoxication Evidence2003
CAPFelony Driving Issues2003
Understanding the Mystery of Breath TestingAlcohol and How it Effects the BodyN/A