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Board Members

BARTON MORRIS


President

Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer providing high quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for 19 years. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is prepared to take on complex legal issues with success. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.

Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.

Barton Morris was chosen as a Top Lawyer of Metro Detroit for 2012, 2013 & 2014 for DUI/DWI and criminal defense by DBusiness Magazine and Hour Magazine. Barton Morris was also chosen as a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense for 2014-2017 and Barton Morris is the only Lawyer in Michigan designated by the American Chemical Society as a “Forensic Lawyer-Scientist”


MICHAEL BOYLE


Vice President

Michael J. Boyle is a Partner and Shareholder and serves as Senior Trial Attorney for the Barone Defense Firm. The firm has offices in Birmingham and Grand Rapids, and handle cases throughout the State of Michigan. Mr. Boyle has been personally trained and mentored by the Firm’s principal and founding member Mr. Patrick T. Barone. Mr. Boyle is a highly trained and skilled Trial Attorney and has represented clients in over 70+ counties throughout Michigan. Mr. Boyle is a graduate of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College. He has also a graduate of the highly regarded “Trial Lawyers College,” which was founded by nationally renowned trial attorney Gerry Spence. Like Mr. Barone, Mr. Boyle has worked personally with and been trained by Mr. Spence and has used this training to win drunk driving trials.

Mr. Boyle has been certified as a practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in accordance with the standards set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He is also trained and certified as a Drug Recognition Evaluator/Expert (DRE) specifically designed for DUI Drug cases, and also Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

Mr. Boyle has had extensive training and experience in understanding the science and principals involved in chemical testing, including the DMT DataMaster (breath testing), which is used throughout the State. In addition, Mr. Boyle is one of only a few Michigan attorneys that has had specialized and hands-on training with Gas Chromatography (GC) (quantitative blood testing) for alcohol and GC / Mass Spec for whole drug & blood drug Detection and analysis. This unique and essential comprehension allows him to understand the complex science of alcohol metabolism and confidently and successfully cross examine the State’s forensic experts.

Mr. Boyle is a founding Board Member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys (MIAOWIA) and has been a Speaker at several seminars throughout Michigan, including presenting at the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section on “Tips in Handling Marijuana DUID Case”. He has also served as Teaching Assistant to Adjunct Professor Patrick T. Barone at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and is an active member of the Cooley Alumni Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan – Criminal Law Section, Marijuana Law Section, and Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. Mr. Boyle has also been Recognized by Super Lawyers as Rising Star since 2012.



MATTHEW ABDO


Board Member

Attorney Matt Abdo, is the Owner of Abdo Law, with his father, Cy. As a litigator, Matt provides deft touch on legal complexities inside and outside the courtroom. Matt’s unmatched compassion with clients and masterful preparation for cases has earned him his reputation as both a talented and thoughtful advocate.

 

Matt was raised and mentored by one of the state’s leaders in criminal law, Cy Abdo, his father. In 2010, Matt and Cy formed Abdo Law. Through continuing legal education, client-centered practices and a commitment to cutting-edge advocacy, Abdo Law has become one of Macomb County’s Top Defense firms.

 

In under 10 years of practice, Matt has had over 5,000 appearances on criminal and license matters. Matthew Abdo exclusively focuses on criminal law, with specializations in OWI/OUID cases, assault litigation, as well as running Abdo Law’s license restoration practice. Matt has bench and jury trial experience in District and Circuit Court. In terms of MIOWIA, Matt has used his continuing legal education and mentorship to successfully have a multitude of drunk driving charges dismissed.

 

In terms of industry recognition, Matt Abdo has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years. Abdo is peer reviewed by Martindale Hubbel and boasts a pristine 10 rating on AVVO. Matt’s continuing legal education includes frequent seminar attendance through MIOWIA, CDAM, and ICLE. Matt has a NHTSA SFST certification and has attended CDAM’s trial college. Matt will be instructing a seminar at this Spring’s upcoming MIOWIA Seminar on License Restoration cases and how marijuana will affect the landscape of that practice in the future.




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