Anthony Barron

Tony Barron represents clients in the construction and real estate development industry, primarily owners and contractors, in contract negotiations, project counseling and dispute resolution. He serves as vice-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department.

What do you focus on?

I focus my practice on all facets of the construction and real estate development industry, both domestically and internationally, in addition to other complex commercial litigation matters.

Construction and Real Estate Development

  • I represent owners and contractors from the inception of a project. I help them identify and reduce risk factors and maximize the opportunities for success through contract drafting and negotiation as well as proactive counseling.
  • I apply my industry knowledge and more than twenty-five years of experience in resolving disputes, including claims based on delay, extra work and construction defects. I have tried a number of construction cases to successful verdict and have arbitrated cases in both domestic and international forums. I frequently team with Nixon Peabody colleagues in other practice areas—including real estate, labor and employment and corporate—to ensure that construction industry clients are being cross-served to maximum advantage.
  • I handle significant matters on behalf of mid-sized to major industry players for both public and private projects, in the United States, and around the world. These range in size from smaller residential projects to large commercial projects in excess of $1 billion. My construction work covers a range of industries including hospitality, residential, higher education, energy, food and beverage, transportation and health care.
  • In the past few years, I have tried a number of construction industry cases to successful verdict, including bench and jury trials.

Commercial Litigation

I litigate complex commercial litigation matters in a variety of industries including technology, banking and insurance. As vice chair of our Litigation Department, I help lead the firm’s more than 300 litigators.

What do you see on the horizon?

While the construction industry is strong in some geographies, and weaker in others, industry players need to avoid returning to the era of endless claims and litigation. Proactively avoiding risk, and efficiently and effectively resolving disputes, is more important than ever.

Corporate Counsel Q&A

Daily Journal | February 09, 2016

The Jim Henson Co.’s executive vice president of business and legal affairs, is profiled in this Q&A. Noted among go-to outside counsel is Nixon Peabody. The team handling commercial litigation matters includes Tony Barron and John Chatowski.


Anthony Barron

Vice-chair, Litigation Department

San Francisco

Phone: 415-984-8309

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6138

Fax: 866-221-8036

UCLA School of Law, J.D.

Williams College, B.A., cum laude



Tony has been recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 for Construction (California) and was described by sources as “an excellent litigator and a flawless writer.” He has also been described as “a ‘very strategic’ construction expert whose practice includes advising on disputes as well as contract preparation and negotiation.” “Anthony Barron’s commercial litigation practice at Nixon Peabody LLP is best known for successes in construction disputes. He is adept in negotiation, trial and arbitration and has masterminded a number of successful resolutions for clients…”

Tony has also been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Northern California Super Lawyers magazine for consecutive years since 2009. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey.

Tony has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial for Real estate - Construction (including construction litigation)

  • Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Board Chair, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates
  • Vice-Chair, Citizens’ Oversight Committee, Ross Valley School District Bond Program
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