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Board Members

PATRICK BARONE


PRESIDENT

Patrick T. Barone is the principal and founding member of The Barone Defense Firm, whose practice is exclusively limited to zealously defending citizens accused of drunk driving. The Firm is headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan. Mr. Barone is the author on two books on DUI defense including the well respected two volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing), and The DUI Book – A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding DUI Litigation in America and a chapter in Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012 ed. (Aspatore Books).

He also served as the executive editor of The DWI Journal: Law & Science (Whitaker Newsletters, Inc.), a nationally circulated legal periodical and is the author of a monthly DUI defense column for Michigan’s Criminal Defense Newsletter. Mr. Barone is an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he teaches Drunk Driving Law and Practice. He is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, and is on the faculty of the Michigan Trial Practice College.

Mr. Barone frequently lectures at national and state seminars attended by lawyers, judges and scientists, and he has provided expert commentary in newspapers, on television and on radio. Mr. Barone has been listed as “Seriously Outstanding” by SuperLawyers, and since 2009 has been included in America’s Best Lawyers. He has an “AV” (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Barone has been certified as an instructor and practitioner of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and has also attended a 24-hour certification course at National Patent Analytical Corporation (the manufacturer of the DataMaster) and has thereby been deemed competent by the manufacturer to operate, perform essential diagnostic verifications and calibration checks on the DataMaster. Mr. Barone is a Sustaining Member of College for DUI Defense.


BARTON MORRIS


BOARD MEMBER

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


SECRETARY

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.



GARY M. WILSON


VICE PRESIDENT

Gary M. Wilson began trying cases in 1988 in the Office of the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney in Detroit, Michigan. In 1992 he entered private trial practice as a criminal defense lawyer. Licensed to practice in Michigan and Massachusetts, he has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

With 26 years of criminal trial practice, 22 for the defense, Gary has represented clients on a wide range of misdemeanor and serious felony charges. He is particularly experienced in the trial of vehicular- related cases, especially those involving extensive crash investigations, accident reconstruction issues, minor and serious injuries or deaths, and cases that involve charges of allegedly operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Evaluating the reliability and accuracy of police and forensic breath, blood and other reports that concern driving- impairment is an extensive part of his practice, as are police and forensic laboratory evidence in other major felony cases.

As the result of his extensive expertise in motor vehicle offenses and crash reconstruction, he was named Vice President and General Counsel of a national transportation firm operating 1,200 vehicles ranging from taxi-cabs to luxury coaches. His responsibilities included the hiring and supervision of attorneys to defend against criminal charges and civil lawsuits in Michigan and Florida.

Gary is a proud Cum Laude graduate of Michigan State University and The Detroit College of Law (now the School of Law at MSU), having attended the latter on a full-tuition scholarship. In 1991 he also graduated from the prestigious Career Prosecutor Course of the National District Attorney’s Association, a course conducted at the University of Houston Law Center. His prior experience and extensive training as a prosecutor has served him and his clients well, allowing him to bring to the courtroom the fully-rounded perspective needed for the trial of difficult cases.

He is a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), Founding Member of DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), and a faculty member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). Gary is also a National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) certified graduate DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing program, and is also trained in Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) protocols.

Gary has been honored to be invited faculty on lawyer-education programs for active trial lawyers. The most recent course he taught for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) highlighted his expertise in The Use of Forensic and Demonstrative Evidence in Crash Reconstruction Cases.

He was the legal consultant for the novel Expert Witness. Written by renowned accident reconstruction expert Sal Fariello of Eastern Forensic Sciences Group, Fariello wrote: “Gary’s courtroom tactics, skill, and guts are a testament to the fact that heroic lawyers who really do care about their clients actually do exist outside of movies and novels.”



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