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Barton W. Morris Jr.

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Barton Morris has exclusively practiced DUI, criminal law and license restoration for over thirteen years in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Attorney Morris has also been very successful defending clients during that time in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was recently selected as one of the Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit. Barton Morris has successfully defended clients charged with complex drug distribution cases, medical marijuana violation cases, theft/fraud crimes, assaultive cases especially involving weapons, sex offender, juvenile crimes, domestic violence, home invasions and drunk/drugged driving cases. Not only does Barton Morris have an extensive amount of experience, he also has engaged in a great deal of continuing legal education to ensure he provides the highest quality legal services. With respect to the specialty of defending drunk/drugged driving cases, Attorney Morris has been trained in every aspect that type of case including the operation and effectively attacking the admissibility of the DMT Datamaster breath machine – the instrument exclusively used by Michigan law enforcement to determine the bodily alcohol content of a suspected drunk driver. Barton Morris has also been trained and comprehensively understands the scientific principles behind blood testing for the resence and amount of alcohol and drugs. Barton Morris is extensively familiar with field sobriety testing and the scientific principles of the absorption and elimination of alcohol, marijuana and opiates in the human body. Barton is an active member of the National College of DUI Defense which is comprised of the best drunk driving attorneys in the country. Barton Morris is also a member of the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, State Bar of Michigan, National Association of riminal Defense Lawyers, and Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Barton Morris prides himself on winning the most challenging cases that other attorneys easily give up on. He expertly files and argues legal suppression and dismissal motions with amazing success.The single most ability that Barton Morris has perfected and is most proud of is his trial lawyer skills. Attorney Morris is known in this legal community as an especially skilled trial lawyer. Not only has Barton Morris tried dozens of complex criminal cases, he received his training from the preeminent trial lawyers in the country. The first significant training was earned at the prestigious National Association of Criminal Defense Attorney’s National Criminal Defense College. Most recently Barton was trained by renowned trial attorney Gerry Spence and his expert staff at the Trial Lawyer’s College (TLC). This training was especially intense which took place over 24 days at a Dubois Wyoming Ranch. The TLC methods have already proven to make Barton Morris be extremely powerful in the courtroom and achieve amazing results for his clients.

Also of great importance is our criminal defense philosophy. Many attorneys simply take whatever deal is first offered by a prosecuting attorney. Barton Morris believes that the best results come when a case is effectively litigated. Legal issues are properly evaluated, pursued and argued. Preparation for trial is the best way to achieve extraordinary results. Only through hard work and effective evaluation and litigation of a case will significant results be achieved.

Barton also has an expert staff with legal assistants with decades of experience, law clerks in the top of their law school class and associate attorneys who are among the rising stars of the future.




Barton Morris and his entire staff place a priority on the highest degree of professionalism and integrity with all clients, judges, prosecutors, and court staff. When you are a client of Baton Morris you are being represented by an attorney who has earned the greatest respect of this legal community. Many attorneys are known for being chronically late and difficult to communicate with. The Law Office of Barton Morris has a policy that all calls are returned the same day and that all appointments and court hearings are timely kept. Barton Morris respects that the client’s time is just as important as his and waiting unnecessarily in court is not acceptable. Barton Morris promises that he and his staff will be fully prepared for all court and administrative hearings
and meetings. This includes ensuring the client is always prepared as well with the opportunity to have all their questions answered. Personal phone calls are routinely made to clients the day prior to any hearing to confirm the date and time and provide an opportunity for questions to be answered. We understand that peace of mind that everything is taken care of can be extremely important and relieves the stress that a legal matter can easily generate.




Whether it’s a traffic ticket or murder charges, your case is extremely important to you. No one understands that more than Barton Morris and he feels the same way. EVERY client and their case is important and they will be treated that way. No one will ever feel like their case is not being taken seriously. These issues have a direct impact on your life and your future. Barton Morris is the best lawyer for you because he really cares and understands. The reason Barton Morris was voted a top attorney and does a great job for his clients is because he truly loves to help others that are in need. There is no more rewarding and gratifying experience than helping another person properly and successfully handle their legal matter. It is this reason that Barton Morris voluntarily contributes over fifty hours per year handling cases pro bono for persons who cannot afford proper legal representation and have nowhere else to turn. There is nothing better than knowing that your lawyer really cares about you and your case and is willing to do anything within his power to fight for you. That is what a client of the Law Office of Barton Morris can expect and will receive.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    17 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    17 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 25%
    17 years
  4. Federal Crime: 25%
    17 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael J. Harrison

    Barton is an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is passionate and not afraid to stand up for his client. I fully endorse Barton Morris.


    Michael Harrison Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joshua Marlin Covert

    Barton is an amazing DUI lawyer. His understanding of the science really sets him apart.


    Joshua Covert Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


MIActive And In Good Standing199805/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
ACS Lawyer-ScientistAmerican Chemical Society - Chemistry and Law Division2014
Super Lawyer in Criminal DefenseSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2013DBusiness Magazine2013
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2012DBusiness Magazine2012
Trial Practice College GraduateCriminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan2010
National Criminal Defense College GraduateNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2000
Straker Scholarship ReceipientThe D. Agustus Straker Bar Association1998
The Harold H. & Marion T. Gordon AwardMichigan State University College of Law1997
Excellence for the Future ArardCALI1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalCannabis Legal Group2016 - Present
Trial AttorneyBarton W. Morris, Jr., P.C.2000 - Present
Trial AttorneyAmbrose & Associates1998 - 1999
Judicial Law ClerkOakland County Circuit Court1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
DUI Defense Lawyers AssociationCharter Member and Faculty2014 - Present
American Chemical SocietyMember2014 - Present
Michigan Association of OWI AttorneysBoard Member2014 - Present
American Academy of Forensic SciencesGeneral Member2014 - Present
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeAlumni Association Board Member Region 72013 - Present
Michigan Association of OWI AttorneysInaugural Member2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member and Faculty2009 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Eastern District of Michigan chapter)Sustaining Member2008 - Present
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. ThomasDismissed at Trial
In Re Choudrylicense appeal granted
Bachert v. State of MichiganPetition Granted - Full Privleges Restored
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Criminal AttorneyChoosing the Best DUI Attorney for You2014
Michigan Criminal AttorneyChallenging Marijuana Impaired Driving Offenses2014
Michigan Criminal AttorneyMichigan Mandatory Immobilization Laws2013
The Legal AdvocatorMedical Marijuana Corner2011
The Legal AdvocatorDefending a DUI Case2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boise State UniversityForensic ScienceDNA For Lawyers2016
American Chemical SocietyForensic Chromatography - Solid Drug TestingGraduate2014
American Chemical SocietyForensic Chromatography - DUIDGraduate2014
American Chemical SocietyForensic Chromatography XGraduate2013
National College for DUI DefenseSummer Session - Harvard Law SchoolGraduate2013
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeN/AGraduate2011
National Criminal Defense CollegeTrial Practice CollegeGraduate2000
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Western Michigan UniversityFinanceOther - Bachelors1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Starting a Marijuana Business in MichiganCanna business issues2016
Defending DUID - Prescription DrugsBlood Testing for Controlled Substances2016
Winter SeminarWinning DUI Trial Strategies2015
Serious Science for Serious LawyersAdvanced Blood Analysis for EtoH2015
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationDrunk Driving Defense Update 20142014
DRE Means "Defended Relatively Easily"Drug Recognition Experts2014
DUI Boot CampDrunk Driving2013
Criminal Law SeminarDUI Trial Skills Course2013
WJBK Fox 2 - Let It RipDrunk Driving2011
First Anunal Law DayCriminal Defense2004