Richard S. Baron 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. His experience also includes business issues, construction law, and property transactions, including environmental due diligence and hazardous waste. He has worked with product manufacturers on coordinating equipment manual review and revisions to address industry changes and assisting in the defense of product liability claims.
Baron has served as lead counsel for an industry leader in chlorinated solvent matters, handling products liability, administrative, and litigated matters nationwide. He believes that sitting in the office is no substitute for “boots on the ground,” when warranted, to evaluate the contentions being made, identify alternate theories, and in understanding potential areas of concern. This has included participation in equipment tear-down and inspections. As he told a client, “I have to be as comfortable in hiking boots as I am in wingtips.”
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. In addition to being a CLM member, 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 Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Wisconsin, Colorado District Court and pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions.