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Barton W. Morris Jr.

Drug Crime Attorney at Royal Oak, MI

4.6   21 reviews

About Barton

Learn Barton’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    My criminal practice specilizes in defending persons charged with all misdemeanors and felonies. I also help people restore their license privileges. I have conducted 50+ jury trials with favorable results for a high percentage of them.

    23 years

  2. Drug Crime
    30%
    I have spent 20+ years perfecting drug crime defense. I have specialized knowledge in breath and blood testing, field sobriety testing and DUI law. I have also received specialized training in drugged driving.

    23 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%
    I have spent 20+ years perfecting DUI defense. I have specialized knowledge in breath and blood testing, field sobriety testing and DUI law. I have also received specialized training in drugged driving.

    23 years

  4. Violent crime
    20%
    My firm specializes in Domestic Violence cases, including Domestic Assault and Aggravated Assault. We understand that emotions run high when it comes to matters of the home and family. We will fight for you, including going to trial if needed.

    23 years

Call the office at (248) 541- 2600 and schedule a free consultation.

Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Barton Morris is the founder and principal attorney at The Law Offices of Barton Morris. Backed by over 20 years of legal experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of this complex area of law. He can proficiently guide you throughout every stage of the criminal proceedings while helping you make sound decisions about the future. Attorney Morris is the only Michigan Forensic Lawyer-Scientist designated by the American Chemical Society. He is 1 of only 22 attorneys in the nation to have earned this distinction. This designation means that he has in-depth knowledge of forensic evidence and how to attack it. He also is highly effective at what he does, garnering numerous accomplishments and awards throughout his career. Attorney Morris is rated 10 by AVVO and has been selected to Super Lawyers® in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Call the office at (248) 541- 2600 and schedule a free consultation. 

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Licensed for 24 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Barton

The Law Offices Of Barton Morris
520 North Main Street
Suite A
Royal Oak, MI, 48067

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Jason | February 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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License
So after 12 years without my license due to my 2nd offense of drunk driving, I consulted Mr Barton Morris with my case. Finding him online I called and spoke to him and he told me to come on in. He's very professional,pricing was reasonable, and he was very confident that he could help me and that is what he did. I would recommend him to others. His staff was great as well. I give a five star rating . Thank you Mr Barton Morris for your time your effort and your concern on behalf of my case.
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Posted by Brad | September 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Chris Urban
Chris took my case on a one day notice and helped me through a ruff time During my DUI Case. He helped me get off the alcohol monitoring tether, was to sensitive to the chemicals in my work environment. Chris helped me to get onto the sober link device that puts my mind at ease during work hours. Chris also helped with two probation violations that were not justified. Chris was professional and put me at ease during this turbulent time in my life. I would definitely recommend Chris Urban if you need good lawyer.
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Posted by Kathy | August 2, 2019
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Rescinded My Fist Review
I NOW have a different opinion about this law firm and my attorney Chris. After my sentencing date, I was overwhelmed by the outcome. After discussing my views on the sentencing, I do see that this firm cares greatly about my issues and the outcome of my sentencing and they have proven and shown me that they have integrity and great concern for my current situation. I definitely do recommend this law firm and will continue to use them. I am relieved to know they care about my feelings.
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Posted by Ryan | February 9, 2019
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Nice work!
Barton was able To get my felony dropped to a misdemeanor. The team did a great job
Posted by Larry | November 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding law firm
The Barton Morris law firm exceeded my expectations in every way. I was arrested for an OWI in Sterling Heights last February. Through their advice and guidance I attended several courses, evaluations and AA meetings to position myself in a proactive way to the court. They were able to negotiate with the prosecutor to drop the OWI and accept a much lesser charge, (failure to yield to an emergency vehicle). This charge will not interfere with my ability to travel to Canada which I do frequently to compete in sporting events. Both Barton and Charlotte Steffen participated in my representation. The staff, Sarah Tarockoff and Christina Iski were extremely efficient in scheduling and handling the administration process of this case. They never missed a beat. I can't say enough about this firm and would highly recommend them to anybody.
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Posted by Scott | June 30, 2017
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A genuine repretable team on your side!
I came to seek Barton Morris and his legal team a year ago this month and still know I made a crucial and wise decision at that time. This case scared me to death and changed my life alot of ways. First I like to express my gratude to Barton and his staff I came to know them fondly with all the communication and time spent with my case. Little did i phathom, one part of it would be dragged out for over a year. Barton and his team were percise and VERY professional since day one.. To get a judgement of reckless driving lowered from a DUI was a God send doesen't happen often. I couldn't of done that without his knowledge and reputation..I was very fortunate to have researched and hired Barton..I did although have to pay the harsh penality of losing my license for a year, that was a tuff pill to swallow. The truth in all this was it the judge gave me not a shred of sympathy, a I never in my life had to deal with such a monster. Barton team represented me 4 times in the DL appeals court in this matter.. We know every resource and efforts possible were put in my case. I feel a sense of completeness knowing I had the best lawyer in this area fighting for me and my family. Much appreciation Barton Morris law offices
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Posted by Sara | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Committed, and Experienced
I had never even had a detention, but through a relationship, wound up in legal trouble under the skeleton framework of the Michigan Medical Marihauna law and the interpretation of law enforcement. I was charged with 2 felonies for Manufacturing with Intent to Deliver. I knew nothing about the legal system and had no experience with qualifying an attorney. Barton responded to me after 9 pm on a Friday after submitting an online inquiry. He met me on a Sunday afternoon at his office. Although I must have spoken to six or more criminal defense attorneys during the time prior to our meeting, what I liked was that he wasn't establishing a relationship by promising rainbows. He was, perhaps, conservative, about the outcome he could bring. He reiterated that sentiment at our meeting. I could discern that he wanted me to be prepared and realistic about the outcome. I appreciated that from the start and throughout the entire process. Barton oversaw my joint case with a co-defendant whom he directly represented, while an associate represented myself. In my numerous interactions with Barton, I can attest to his commitment to easing his client's minds by being knowledgeable, prepared, and personable. Knowing that I would be early, but that Barton would be earlier, helped me breathe a little easier day after day. Knowing he had already spoken to the Clerk and Prosecutor, made me more confident. Having him take the extra time before going into the court room to brief me on what was about to happen, made a foreign experience seem less frightening. Having him reassure me that I would not go to jail time after time, made me feel that in the end it would all be ok. I believed Barton. Because he never lied and never promised rainbows, only conservative reality. The outcome: 2 misdeanors for possession, which can be expunged in 5 years, as a plea deal. I declined the initial deal of 1 felony, as Barton was confident I could get better in a trial. I was confident in Barton, so I agreed and the Prosecution eventually offered the latter. I was always happy to see Barton waiting outside the courtroom and I'm certain that is the feeling he illicits for all of his clients. As a sidenote, what Barton told me to expect from our first meeting: no jail time, fines, and misdemeanor (s). He delivered.
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Posted by Ryan | July 10, 2015
Barton is the best
My experience with Barton was fantastic. He delivered exactly what he said he would. I was coming from out of state and Barton was able to have my entire legal process shortened down to one day. He also had my charges swapped for lesser ones and was very informative the entire time.
Posted by Mark | August 15, 2013
absolutely satisfied
Mr. Morris did a great job for me! He was knowledgeable, easy to talk to and, more importantly, easy to understand. I have a general problem with being led blindly through any process let alone a legal one. Barton guided me through the process while making it all make sense. He has also offered to make himself available to answer questions after the fact. I am "absolutely satisfied" with his service and wouldn't hesitate to go to him again.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2013
Already had another attorney but he still was attentive and immediately responded
Our family already retained another attorney, I mean I was scouting for the top attorneys everywhere because 1. we never have been in any legal trouble and 2. this was all new to us. At any rate, he had responded while I was retaining another attorney. But it was the way that he said.."good luck, and if you need me I am still here." It made me realize immediately that he cared regardless if we retained him or not. And that means a whole lot.
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Posted by Jennifer | December 8, 2012
Very Impressive Drunk Driving Trial Lawyer
Barton Morris represented me for my second drunk driving. I wish I hired him for my first. He was honest about what he could do. He then worked really hard on the case and it obviously paid off. He convinced my jury to disregard a .14 blood test and that would have never had happened without him. His knowledge about the case was very impressive . It was obvious that he was an expert DUI specialist defense lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2012
Best Lawyer
Mr. Barton Morris is hands down the most Professional, Empathetic, Generous Lawyer I have ever dealt with. He was representing my Fiance on a case that was his second offense (wont bore anybody with details) and came to court house and within 1 hour the case was dismissed....We have Mr. Morris to thank for essentially saving our future , my fiance was looking at serving 1 year and would have lost his full-time job and his freedom ...I would HIGHLY recomend this lawyer to anyone !!! Thank you Mr. Morris !!!!!
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Posted by Shawn | May 9, 2012
Simply the Best
I was charged with a felony drug case and misdemeanor drug case. I had never been in this type of serious trouble with the law before. After my arrest I researched different criminal attorneys, and Mr. Morris' name kept showing up at the top of my lists. As soon as I met with him, I knew he was the man for the job. He has confidence, and he knows how to ask the right questions. After hiring Mr. Morris he IMMEDIATELY went to work on my cases. Although the legal process was slow and drawn out, he kept me informed throughout this ordeal in a very timely manner. He was always on time for court hearings, and his office staff kept me informed of any changes to these hearings. Instead of just pleading guilty to the charges, he worked very hard to get my felony charge dropped. He also made sure there was no jail time which is important in any criminal case. My misdemeanor case was also negotiated to a much lesser charge. I hope I never have to go through any incident like this again, but I know if I do, I am in great hands with Mr. Morris. If anyone is in any type of criminal trouble, I highly recommend Barton W. Morris, Jr. He is honest, hardworking and gets the job done.
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Posted by Jason | April 2, 2012
Client
Barton is a very professional and extremely accurate about the law when it comes to driver license restoration. All of the advice and recommendations that were given by Barton were right on the mark and led to me receiving my full license restoration. I do not believe that I would have received my license back had I been represented by another attorney.
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Posted by Jason | March 13, 2012
Amazing
Barton Morris is the best lawyer I have ever been represented by! Not only did he retrieve my license, he did it with the most incredible,genuine knowledge and expertise! From the first meeting I felt as though Barton was sincerely involved and willing to do what was needed to win my case! I can't praise Barton enough, he took a very uncomfortable situation and completely kept my mind at ease! Anybody in need of legal representation should call Barton Morris! You will be happy you did.
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Posted by Nicolette | February 27, 2012
Competent and Confident
Mr. Morris, Jr. represented me for the license restoration process. Throughout the process he guided me competently and thoroughly and was confident that he would succeed in getting my license restored. He ensured that all document that were to be submitted were accurate and consistent with what he knew the DLAD required. At the hearing he was prepared and articulate. I fully believe that had I attempted this process without his guidance I would not have been successful. I was, in fact awarded driving privileges again and look forward to consulting him again in a year when I can apply for full restoration of my license. I have full confidence that he will handle my case with the same thoroughness and attention to detail.
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Posted by Sam | November 4, 2011
The right choice
Barton delivered on everything he promised me and more, he worked diligently on cleaning up my record and surpassed all of my expectations. I would definitely recommend Mr. Morris to anybody that needs an experienced well connected lawyer on their side. He was definitely the best man for the job.
Posted by Zee | February 22, 2011
License Restoration
Used Mr. Morris's services in order to get license restored after driving while impaired charges within 7 years. Thorough job in preparing for review hearing and was very effective. Knowledgeable of all possible questions you may face at hearing. Overall very happy and satisfied got my moneys worth.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2011
BATON MORRIS GREAT JOB!!
BARTON WAS VERY POSITIVE THAT HE COULD DO WHAT HE DID FROM THE START!! HE DID IT VERY WELL!!! EXSTEMELY WELL PREPARED..
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad Experience
Does not deliver what he promises. Bills clients for periodic reviews of accounts with no activity, and spent several unanswered hours reviewing the case documents that ran up a bill before we even went to trail...Stay away from this attorney...
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Cannabis Legal Group
  • 2016 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • The Law Offices Of Barton Morris
  • 2000 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Ambrose & Associates
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Oakland County Circuit Court
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • Boise State University
  • DNA For Lawyers
  • 2016
  • American Chemical Society
  • Graduate
  • 2014
  • American Chemical Society
  • Graduate
  • 2013
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Graduate
  • 2013
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2011
  • Criminal Defense College
  • Graduate
  • 2010
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Graduate
  • 1999
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Western Michigan University
  • BBA
  • 1994
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Legal Cases

  • People v. Scheuer
  • Not Guilty
  • People v. Castillo
  • Jury Found Defendant Not Guilty in 10 min.
  • People v. Hall
  • Aquitted after trial
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Associations

  • Social Equity Workgroup, MRA
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Marijuana Legal Workgroup, AG Dana Nessel
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Marijuana Law Section
  • Council Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • General Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Chemical Society
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • Charter Member and Faculty
  • 2014 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Alumni Association Board Member Region 7
  • 2013 - Present
  • Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys
  • Inaugural Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member and Faculty
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)
  • Sustaining Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Justice Foundation
  • Trustee
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2020
  • dbusiness
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2019
  • dbusiness
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • ACS Lawyer-Scientist
  • American Chemical Society - Chemistry and Law Division
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2014
  • dbusiness
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2013
  • dbusiness
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2012
  • dbusiness
  • 2012
  • Trial Practice College Graduate
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • 2010
  • National Criminal Defense College Graduate
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2000
  • Straker Scholarship Receipient
  • The D. Agustus Straker Bar Association
  • 1998
  • Excellence for the Future Arard
  • CALI
  • 1997
  • The Harold H. & Marion T. Gordon Award
  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • 1997
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Publications

  • The Legal Advocator
  • Medical Marijuana Corner
  • 2011
  • The Legal Advocator
  • Defending a DUI Case
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • First Anunal Law Day
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (33)
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What a pleasure to work with! Excellent attorney and an asset to our community. This attorney's passion transcends the courtroom and anyone who retains him will have a prize fighter in their corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barton is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is passionate and not afraid to stand up for his client. I fully endorse Barton Morris."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barton is an amazing DUI lawyer. His understanding of the science really sets him apart."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer strives to get the best results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barton Morris is an excellent trial lawyer. I highly recommend Barton to anyone in the Michigan area. He works hard for his clients and is not afraid to try cases. When he takes on a case, he is committed. He fights for justice!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barton Morris is a professional among professionals. In the community, Barton has a reputation for being on-time, prepared, professional, and effective. You may not be thinking of these things when you're facing serious trouble, but hiring an attorney with those attributes can even keep you out of jail and protect your future. Furthermore, Mr. Morris serves a relatively wide geographical range; it is not uncommon to see him defending a drunk driving in the morning in Royal Oak and then fighting felony charges for another client in the afternoon in Ann Arbor. That means he has a diverse knowledge base and gives him exposure to creative options and defenses that he can put to work for you. I highly endorse Barton Morris as an attorney and as a person."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barton Morris is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. I have attended more than one legal education course with him and his knowledge and abilities are beyond reproach. He has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to attaining the highest level of legal expertise. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I once leaned on Barton for advice on a matter in a jurisdiction that he frequently practices in. His advice helped me in securing a disposition where a criminal misdemeanor was reduced to a civil infraction. In terms of reputation, Barton is regarded as a maverick in the field of criminal law. He speaks eloquently and has a commanding presence in the court room. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barton Morris is an excellent lawyer. Unlike many lawyers, Barton keeps up with the ever changing law. You know you are getting great representation with him. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I recently watched Barton advocate at sentencing on behalf of a client. He was well prepared and showed true compassion for the case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barton is an intelligent, professional, competent attorney willing to go the extra distance for his clients. He is aggressive and dedicated. If you have been arrested and need qualified legal advice, please call him for honest options on your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barton is a gifted lawyer. His skills in the courtroom are unmatched. He has dedicated a substantial time in his career to become the best litigator. Barton is one of about a thousand lawyers nationwide to graduate from Gerry Spence’s trial lawyer’s college. Whether you are dealing with a criminal or driving issue Barton is the attorney to call. With Barton in your corner you are well protected. I highly recommend Barton."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With confidence, I endorse Barton Morris in the legal community! I was able to train with Barton for 3 1/2 weeks at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's college in Wyoming. Barton is the best of the best. Some cases require eloquent negotiation and others require Courtroom strength and tenacity. Barton can deliver all of these skills with brilliance. However, what sets Barton apart is that he cares about his clients and their families and I have seen him go the extra mile to ensure Justice for his clients. Barton Morris doesn't just stand for justice, he fights for it!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barton helped me prepare a matter for trial. His insights and knowledge contributed greatly to my handling of that complex case. I strongly recommend him for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is a privilege to endorse Barton Morris, Jr. He is an extremely sharp and talented criminal trial lawyer. Barton works tirelessly to defend his clients, even under the most difficult circumstances and against great odds. I have watched him in all phases of trial and Barton's courtroom skills rank among the very best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring the right criminal defense attorney will have a major impact on what will happen to you with your criminal case. You need to hire an experienced criminal specialist who fights like hell for their clients and knows the local criminal justice system. That is why any time I have co-defendants or criminal referrals, I call Bart. Simply put, Bart wins cases. He is courageous, extremely intelligent, and will do whatever it takes to win. Within the criminal defense community, Bart is known as a lawyers lawyer who never gives up on his clients. Put it this way, if my life was on the line, Bart would be the first person I'd call for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Barton. Barton is a talented trial lawyer who cares about his clients and works hard to achieve excellent results. He will take the time to learn your story and prepare constantly until he can really do your story justice with your jury."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It's rare that you find such a highly talented and intelligent lawyer who also cares deeply about each individual client. Barton is that type of lawyer. He is fueled by tenacity, keen knowledge of the law, but most importantly a genuine concern for his client and the outcome. Barton will be your fierce advocate in the courtroom. I highly endorse Barton as an attorney and as a person!"
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