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Richard S. Baron

Richard S. Baron

Foley, Baron, Metzger, & Juip PLLC
  • Environmental Law, Business Law, Products Liability...
  • Michigan, Wisconsin
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Summary

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.

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 of their environmental work for over 25 years.

Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Business Law
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Medical Marijuana (Licensing)
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    20 minutes
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
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Wisconsin
Wisconsin Court System
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Admitted Pro Hac Vice in California, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, NY, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Bankruptcy Courts of NY
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U.S. District Court for the District of Colorodo
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
J.D.
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Michigan State University
B.S. (1978) | Environmental Education
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan # P33798
Member
Current
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State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section
Former Chairperson
Current
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International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
Member
Current
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Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Co-Author, "A Tragedy On Tap: Making Sense of the Insurance Claims and Litigation Facing Flint and Its Water Crisis"
Claims Management Magazine, Issue 5, Volume 5
Co-Author, "Comments Sought on State Court Plan to Address Asbestos Suits"
Washington Legal Foundation, Counsel's Advisory
"The Governmental Contractor Defense: A New Standard in the 6th Circuit"
Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee News of the American Bar Association (ABA)
Author, "Environmental Audits"
Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook
Speaking Engagements
"Environmental Auditing and Reporting Law in Michigan.", Speaker at the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce
"All Sums", Re-Allocation strategies to Cavell (a division of the Randall Group) relating to the handling of complex and contentious environmental and toxic tort claims
"Fractually Speaking", Insurance carrier presentation on trucking industry exposure to hyraulic fracturing claims (simulcast to 3 offices accross country from home office)
"Frack & Fiction", Presentation to Insurance Company, Atlanta, GA
"Fracking: Litigation Coming Soon to a Firm Near You", Speaker at the International Association Defense Counsel (IADC) Annual Meeting in Vienna Austria
“Don’t Drink the Water!’ Lead, Vapor Intrusion and Groundwater Developments”, Speaker at the Perrin Conference Environmental Panel, NY
“Environmental Considerations Affecting Cannabis Operations”, Speaker at the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Foley Baron Metzger & Juip PLLC
38777 Six Mile Rd. Ste. 300
Livonia, MI 48152
USA
Telephone: (734) 742-1800
Fax: (734) 521-2379