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Richard S. Baron

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Livonia, MI

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 36 years
    Michigan - MI 42 years
    Illinois - IL Licensed
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1987
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IL
    Acquired N/A
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found

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About Richard

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Practice areas

Rich is a Founding Member of Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC. He has a national civil litigation practice with special emphasis on environmental litigation, products liability and chemical exposure matters. He has considerable experience in spill response and forensic analysis at historical sites of contamination. His experience also includes property transactions including environmental due diligence, hazardous waste, CERCLA and RCRA issues, and Michigan’s Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). Rich’s extensive practice also includes business issues and commercial litigation, construction law, mass torts, product liability and aviation law.

After practicing law for more than 30 years, Rich has developed the distinctive ability to quickly get to the heart of the matter, identify and recommend a strategy and integrate his client’s goals into the path forward. He is frequently complimented by clients for his ability to make complicated scientific and technical issues simple and understandable. He has found that eliminating the noise and honing in on what really matters is a key to successful results. He believes that this approach saves time, money and heartache and resolves the project or litigation. An educational background in the environmental area (he likes science), provides a solid backdrop for his practice.

Rich is the former Chairperson of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where he served on the environmental Law Section Council for many years. He has been the editor of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal and the American Bar Association, Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter. Rich is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and carries Martindale-Hubbell’s “A-V” rating. He has served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law and Aviation Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


Rich has served as lead counsel for an industry leader in chlorinated solvent matter, handling products liability, administrative and litigated matters from California to Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands. As he told a client once at a major groundwater contamination site in Wisconsin, “I have to be as comfortable in hiking boots as I am in wingtips.” He believes that sitting in the office is no substitute for “boots on the ground,” when warranted, to evaluate the contentions being made, identify alternate theories and in understanding potential areas of concern better than the opposition.


In addition to making the complex simple, Rich believes the details matter. After difficulties with their insurance carrier, the CEO of large solvent recovery equipment company was prepared not to like Rich when he was brought in to defend a serious injury claim regarding his equipment. However, when Rich started asking detailed instrumentation questions and discussing potential weak spots in the allegations, the client quickly changed his preconceived opinions and relied on Rich for the successful handling all of their environmental work for over 25 years.


Because not all matters are litigated, Rich believes that getting to “yes” is important to resolution whether in permit negotiation, a real estate transaction or contract issue. Rich represented an international manufacturer in a customer contract dispute that threatened significant existing and future business and cash flow. He was able to identify a contract provision between the two companies which turned the balance of power completely in his client’s favor and brought the dispute to a speedy resolution. Not only did the client keep the business, but remained the customer’s sole source as well.

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Foley Baron Metzger & Juip PLLC
38777 6 Mile Rd Ste 300
Livonia, MI, 48152-2660


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Posted by Hendrik | September 16, 2014
Client Review
Mr. Baron has provided advice to my organization for more than ten years. He has a knack for coming up with good solutions that don't break the bank.
Posted by Mary | August 19, 2014
Outstanding Service
Rich does an excellent job of reporting and keeping the adjuster informed of all new developments in a case. He provides great customer service and is always willing to go the extra mile.
Posted by William | May 12, 2014
Richard S. Baron
While Mr Baron represented me he was always very prepared and organized.His professionalism earned him the respect of his clients, opposing counsel and the Bench. He has handled almost one hundred files for our company as lead counsel to our complete satisfaction and demonstrated his expertise in Environmental Litigation. I have dealt with many lawyers over the last 40 years and Mr Baron's legal skills are exemplary.
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Posted by Tom | April 10, 2014
Getting to Closure
Efficient and practical minded attorney. Mr. Baron has helped bring more projects to closure than any other lawyer we have used in the past 20 years. Both a legal and environmental technical expert.
Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2014
Environmental Expertise
Rich continues to serve as lead environmental council on an extremely complex project for our municipality. Throughout the project, his counsel has helped us maintain a balanced and appropriate relationship with the regulatory agency that has prevented us from spending unnecessary funds, while satisfying the program managers, as well as assisting in the project management with our environmental consultants.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Principal
  • Foley, Baron & Metzger PLLC
  • 2003 - 2013


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1981
  • Michigan State University
  • B.S.
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bennett v. MIS Corp.
  • Appellate court affirmed dismissal for our client


  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Toxic and Haz Sub, and Environmental Law committees
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 1997 - 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019


  • American Bar Association Newsletter
  • The Governmental Contractor Defense: A New Standard in the 6th Circuit
  • 2010
  • Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook
  • Environmental Audits
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Frack and Fiction
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • 2013
  • Fractually Speaking
  • Hydraulic Fracturing
  • 2011
  • Presentation
  • Evaluating Environmental Claims-Defense Strategies
  • 2007
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Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Nov 10
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Environmental and natural resources
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Livonia Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Richard S. Baron
Richard S. Baron
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Livonia, MI
Licensed for 42 years