Patrick Barone


DUIDLA Involvement

Area Served

State of Michigan


Patrick T. Barone is a Michigan Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer who began his legal career in 1988 as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Richard D. Kuhn of the Oakland County Circuit Court. In 2003 Mr. Barone became the principal and founding member of the Barone Defense Firm. Headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, and with offices also in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the criminal defense firm focuses primarily on the defense of intoxicated drivers. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Barone is also a prolific writer. He is the author of several books on criminal law, gun law and DUI defense, including the well-respected two volume treatise entitled Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing), Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen’s Guide, Michigan Gun Law: Armed & Educated, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Law, and a chapter entitled Bringing the Scriptures to Life with Bibliodrama for the book entitled Action Explorations. He has also authored several chapters in West/Aspator Books Inside the Minds series on various aspects of DUI discovery and criminal defense trial practice, and hundreds of related journal articles that have appeared in some of the Nation’s premier Law Journals. Mr. Barone previously served previously as adjunct professor at the Western State University/Thomas M. Cooley Law School, has been on the faculty of the Michigan Trial Practice College since 2009, and is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. Additionally, he frequently teaches law, trial skills and forensic science to others at national and state conferences, workshops and seminars attended by lawyers, judges, doctors and scientists. Mr. Barone has provided expert commentary in newspapers, on television and on radio. Mr. Barone has received enthusiastic professional recognition and numerous prestigious awards, including an “AV” (highest) rating by the “Martindale-Hubbell Law Dictionary”, and since 2009 has been included in the highly selective “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 “Super Lawyers” and rated “Outstanding/10.0” by AVVO. Mr. Barone was further distinguished through an appointment to the advisory board for the Michigan edition of “Leading Lawyers Magazine.” Additionally, in 2018 Mr. Barone became a “CP” (Certified Practitioner) and in 2022 a “TEP” (Trainer, Educator and Practitioner) of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy when the American Board of Examiners so Certified him. Mr. Barone is the only Michigan lawyer with these. Mr. Barone’s psychodrama training and certification informs his courtroom criminal jury trial practice and has contributed to his teaching of law and trial skills. He also utilizes this certification and training in his business consulting practice which has included leadership development and group dynamics, and in 2015 co-founded the Michigan Psychodrama Center with Dr. Elizabeth Corby.


Bachelor of Science - Biology Premed Major 1987 Oakland University Juris Doctor - Detroit College of Law/MSU 1991