Patrick T. Barone is a Michigan trial lawyer and author who first experienced psychodrama at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2007. In 2010 he began the journey toward certification, and in 2018 he became a Certified as a Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (CP) by the American Board of Examiners. Soon thereafter he reached the next level of certification, that of a Practitioner Applicant for Trainer (PAT), and he is currently a 2022 candidate to become Board Certified as a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He is the only Michigan lawyer to hold these Certifications.
In 2014 Mr. Barone co-founded the Michigan Psychodrama Center with Elizabeth Corby, PhD, CP, PAT, and together they provide a wide variety of workshops and training opportunities, including week-long and weekend intensives. They also co-lead a bi-monthly therapy group where psychodrama is a predominant modality and a once monthly psychodrama training group. Patrick has trained extensively with his friend Dr. Peter Pitzele, and currently leads Bibliodrama workshops designed to facilitate subject matter competency and to inspire personal and spiritual growth. He is also the author of a chapter entitled Bringing Scripture to Life with Bibliodrama for Adam Blatner’s book entitled Action Explorations: Using Psychodramatic Methods in Non-Therapeutic Settings , (Paralax Productions, February 23, 2019).
Mr. Barone uses psychodrama and sociometry infused methods in the courtroom; in his role as a business consultant and when teaching trial skills. Finally, he introduces law students to psychodrama in his capacity as an adjunct professor at the Western Michigan University/Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
In his capacity as a business consultant, Mr. Barone has worked with business owners and executives in businesses of all sizes throughout Michigan, including by way of example, TGI Direct, Movimento, AcuMax, A2 Energy Systems LLC, Spry Publishing, Compliance Training Partners/Drakeshire Dental, Booms Stone Co., The Hunter Group, LLC., Vistage Michigan, and dozens of other businesses and executives.
Additionally, Mr. Barone is the principal and founding member of the Barone Defense Firm, headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan with offices also in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has an “AV” (highest) rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and since 2009 has been included in the highly selective US News & World Report’s 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, rated “Outstanding/10.0” by AVVO and was appointed to the advisory board for the Michigan edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine.
Finally, he is the author of several books on criminal law, gun law and DUI defense, including the well-respected two volume treatise Defending Drinking Drivers (James Publishing), Michigan DUI Law: A Citizen’s Guide, Michigan Gun Law, Armed and Educated, a Complete Guide to Michigan Gun Law, (in print) and An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Laws”. He has also authored several chapters in West/Aspator Books “Inside the Minds” series on various aspects of DUI discovery and trial practice, and hundreds of related journal articles that have appeared in some of the Nation’s premier Law Journals. For more information or to purchase any of Mr. Barone’s books, please visit his Amazon Author’s Page.