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.

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 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.

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. While most matters can and should be resolved without the necessity of trial, I have led a number of trial teams to successful verdicts from both courts and juries in state and federal court. I believe these trial successes help establish credibility with adversaries and mediators and pave the way toward favorable out-of-court resolutions.

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.

I have had a variety of leadership positions over the years, including serving as managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office, and vice-chair of the Litigation Department, in addition to leading attorney recruiting and professional development efforts. This leadership experience helps me lead teams in a way that clearly conveys goals and sets strategies in motion to achieve measurable results in a cost-effective and time-conscious manner.

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.


Anthony Barron


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 2019 for Construction (California) and was described by sources as “very responsive and strategic.” He has been listed in Chambers for many years and in prior editions has been described as “an excellent litigator and a flawless writer.” “Anthony Barron is 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 2019 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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