Anthony Barron - Complex Commercial Disputes lawyer - Nixon Peabody LLP

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. Tony has a distinguished track record of trying cases to successful verdict in construction and other commercial disputes. Tony leads the firm’s 325 members of the litigation department practicing in the areas of Complex Commercial Disputes, Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense.

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. I value long-term client relationships. I look for opportunities to help clients succeed, not just in the specific matter I may be handling at the moment, but more broadly. I particularly enjoy the role of outside advisor.

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 thirty years of experience in resolving disputes, including claims based on delay, extra work, and construction defects. I handle these cases in state and federal court as well as domestic and international arbitrations. I frequently team with my colleagues at the firm in our real estate, labor and employment, and corporate areas to ensure that construction industry clients are being cross-served to their 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.
  • Recent project experience includes a $1.5-billion mixed use project in downtown San Francisco, a $100-million-plus utility grade solar project in Minnesota, a $300-million-plus research facility at a leading university medical center, a five-star hotel in the Rocky Mountains, a major remediation project at a national laboratory, and various museum-quality personal residences valued at from ten to fifty million dollars.

Commercial Litigation

I litigate complex commercial litigation and other high-stakes matters in a variety of industries—in addition to construction and real estate—including technology, financial services, and insurance. Sometimes I handle these cases from inception and frequently I am brought in closer to trial. As examples of the breadth of my practice, in recent years I have successfully resolved a high-stakes whistleblower action, a fraud/theft of intellectual property claim brought by a disappointed acquisition target, suits for malfeasance against officers and directors of a failed bank, and a commercial lease dispute involving one of the world’s preeminent asset managers.

Trials and Arbitrations

I have led numerous successful trial and arbitration teams, including winning the last ten straight that have gone to final verdict and award. These include:

  • On behalf of an EPC contractor, defensed an owner claim for $60 million plus after a six-week arbitration hearing, and awarded $3.5 million in attorneys’ fees.
  • Obtained a state court jury verdict for fraud against a public official, resulting in a multi-million-dollar settlement post-verdict.
  • On behalf of a public works general contractor, defensed a subcontractor’s claim after bench trial, based on a licensing defense, and being awarded all attorneys’ fees sought.
  • Obtained a significant net award, including attorneys’ fees, at the conclusion of a two-week bench trial in a case arising out of cross-claims between the two financial backers for a failed major condominium project.
  • On behalf of a major property and casualty insurer, defensed a terminated broker’s breach of contract and fraud claims, and recovered all damages sought on the cross-complaint, plus attorneys’ fees, after a multi-week federal court jury trial.
  • Defensed a subcontractor’s breach of contract claim after multi-week bench trial, awarded all attorneys’ fees sought, and sustained on appeal.

What do you see on the horizon?

Uncertainty reigns over the construction and real estate development industries and will for some time to come. Some sectors including health care, housing, and many forms of public works will thrive while others will need to dig in through a drought. In this environment, it will be paramount to proactively avoid legal disputes, but also to be positioned to prevail when disputes are unavoidable.

Nixon Peabody establishes construction and real estate litigation division

Providence Business News | March 16, 2022

This article covering NP’s creation of a dedicated Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice quotes Providence partner and practice group leader Jeff Brenner on how our firm helps clients make a positive impact for their businesses and their communities. Litigation Department head Tony Barron is also quoted in the article.

Nixon Peabody launches new construction litigation group

Law360 | February 24, 2022

The following article covers the creation of NP’s new Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group, led by Providence partner Jeff Brenner. Jeff is extensively quoted in Providence Business First about the need for a dedicated practice group in this area and the uncertainties in the industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both articles also include comments from Litigation Department Head Tony Barron of San Francisco.

Providence lawyer to head new Nixon Peabody construction and real estate practice

Providence Business First | February 24, 2022

The following article covers the creation of NP’s new Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group, led by Providence partner Jeff Brenner. Jeff is extensively quoted in Providence Business First about the need for a dedicated practice group in this area and the uncertainties in the industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both articles also include comments from Litigation Department Head Tony Barron of San Francisco.

Nixon Peabody names new white collar defense head

Law360 | February 17, 2022

Boston partner Rob Fisher is profiled in this article covering his appointment as leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice. The article also quotes Litigation Department head Tony Barron related to Rob’s new role.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | May 20, 2021

This column of notable legal news includes San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron’s promotion to leader of the firm’s Litigation Department.


Anthony Barron

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 was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 in the field of Construction Law. Tony has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2021.

Tony has been recognized for exceptional standing in the national legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 for Construction (California) which states: “Clients praise him as ‘a highly experienced litigator in the field,’ noting that he is ‘a great communicator who never loses sight of the big picture.’" He has been listed in Chambers for many years and in prior editions has been described as “very responsive and strategic,” “an excellent litigator and a flawless writer,” and “a construction expert.” “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 2021 editorial for Real estate—Construction (including construction litigation). He has also been recognized in previous years.

  • 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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