Richard S. Baron
ExperienceMr. Baron is a founding member of Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip. He has a national civil litigation practice with special emphasis on environmental law and compliance issues, 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). Mr. Baron’s extensive practice also includes business issues and commercial litigation, construction law, mass torts, real estate, product liability and aviation law.
EducationThomas M. Cooley Law School - Juris Doctor - 1981
Michigan State University - Bachelor of Science (Environmental Education) – 1978
Professional Background and LicensureMr. Baron has handled a wide variety of chemical exposure, products liability and environmental matters. He is the former Chairperson of the Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, where he served on the Environmental Law Section Council for many years. He has been the editor of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal and the American Bar Association, Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter. Mr. Baron is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and carries Martindale-Hubbell's "A-V" rating. He has served as an adjunct professor of Environmental Law and Aviation Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Wisconsin, Colorado District Court and on a pro hac vice basis in California, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Montana, Nebraska, Navada, New York, Ohio, the United States Virgin Islands and the Bankruptcy Courts of New York.
Publications & Presentations (Selected)"The Governmental Contractor Defense: A New Standard in the 6th Circuit," Products, General Liability and Consumer Law Committee News of the ABA, (Summer, 2010).
Co-author, "Comments Sought on State Court Plan to Address Asbestos Suits,” Washington Legal Foundation, Counsel’s Advisory, (November, 2006).
Presentation, “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. (December 2006).
Co-Author, "Be Diligent About Due Diligence," 19 Detroiter, No. 2, Page 12 (February 1997).
Author, "Environmental Audits" chapter, Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook; Co-Author April 1996 Supplement, Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Michigan and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1992).
Speaker, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, "Environmental Auditing and Reporting Law in Michigan," November 1996.
Co-Author, 1995 Supplement, "Environmental Audits" chapter, Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook, Environmental Law Section, State Bar of Michigan and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 1995).
Co-Author, "Environmental Audits--What Are They and Can the Results Be Kept Confidential," Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 10 (October 1994).