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Tony Sbarra is a Shareholder at Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C.  Mr. Sbarra concentrates his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis on products liability and toxic torts. He defends manufacturers of automobiles, light, medium and heavy trucks, construction equipment, farm/agricultural equipment and other products in products liability cases. He also defends toxic tort actions, particularly those involving asbestos. He has served as lead examining counsel in multiple lay and expert depositions throughout the country and has experience in the direct and cross-examination of epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, pathologists, naval historians and practitioners of occupational medicine, among others. He has been a member of asbestos trial teams for major motor vehicle and other product manufacturers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and has tried asbestos cases to verdict in New York


Mr. Sbarra began his litigation career at a midsized suburban firm where he focused his practice on the preparation and trial of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, construction, automobile liability, intellectual property and insurance related matters.  He then became a Shareholder at a major Boston trial firm, defending products liability and toxic tort cases.  He has over twenty years of experience litigating cases and has tried to verdict more than 30 Superior Court and 60 District Court actions and arbitrated or mediated several hundred cases.  He has also served as an arbitrator in civil actions involving personal injury and has been appointed as guardian ad litem for injured persons in such cases.

Mr. Sbarra has served on the faculty for numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association and for the insurance industry. He has aslo lectured at national programs for the Defense Research Institute and the American Conference Institute.


Mr. Sbarra is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.  He has received the Preeminent AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been elected by his fellow trial lawyers as an Associate Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  He is a Past President of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA) and is a member of its Board of Directors.  He was also named a Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics and Boston Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Additionally, he belongs to the American Bar Association and is the chair-elect of the Products Liability Committee of its Tort Trial and Insurance Section, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island and in 2014 was elected as the Massachusetts State Representative to the Defense Research Institute. 

Tony and his wife and children were affiliated with the Chernobyl Children’s Project, having served as a host family for five years.  Tony is also a sustaining member of the Minuteman Club and an avid supporter of UMass/Amherst football and basketball.




Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%

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  • Holly M Polglase

    I have worked closely with Tony for many years. He is an excellent attorney with exemplary trial skills. He brings a tremendous amount of energy to each case he handles and gets great results for his clients. I wholeheartedly endorse Tony and recommend him to handle any type of major trial work.


    Holly Polglase Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Bruce H Murray

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Very thorough, knowledgable and experienced.


    Bruce Murray Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC

265 Franklin Street
7th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110-3113


RIAuthorized to practice law200510/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding LeadershipMassachusetts Defense Lawyers Association2012
Exceptional Performance CitationDefense Research Institute2012
Super LawyerBoston Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, PC2011 - Present
ShareholderCampbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy2004 - 2011
Senior Associate AttorneyLynch & Lynch Attorneys1989 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationImmediate Past President2012 - Present
Massachusetts Bar FoundationFellow2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationTort Trial & Insurance Practice Section2011 - Present
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate Member2009 - Present
Defense Counsel of Rhode IslandMember2007 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember - Products Liability/Toxic Torts/Trial Practice Sections2001 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kathleen A. Morin, Administratrix of the Estate of Geraldina M. Medeiros v. A.F. German Co., Inc., et al, C.A. No.: 05-4504Automobile and Truck Manufacturers Awarded Summary
Baptiste v. Briggs, Plymouth Superior Court C.A. 00-676Defense Verdict
Pola v. Huck, Barnstable Superior CourtSummary Judgment for Defendant
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Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association publicationClosing Arguments - Thirteen Suggestions2013
Massachusetts Bar Association CLEClosing Arguments - A Defense Perspective2013
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association publicationTrial Lawyers and Justice - Who We Are and What We Do2012
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association publicationZealous Advocacy and Justice Are Not Mutually Exclusive2012
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationThe Evolution of MGL Ch. 143, Sec. 151: Strict Liability for Whom, When and Why2003
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationRecent Developments in General Automotive Liability2002
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association publicationClosing Arguments from the Defense2002
Massachusetts Continuing Legal EducationOutcome Determinative Paperwork2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of Massachusetts, AmherstPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MDLA How To Try Your First Jury CaseDirect and Cross-Examination of Experts/Closing Arguments2013
MBA Winning Closing Arguments - All Star PanelClosing Arguments2013
ABA/TIPS Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation SeminarHandling Friction - Asbestos Update2013
MATA Annual MeetingLessons from Defense Counsel2012
MDLA Survive and ThriveTips for Associates2011
MBA Shuttle Diplomacy: How to Win Your Mediation During the Private SessionsEffective Mediation2011
Its All About YouDiscussing social host liability for parents, educators, students and members of the community2010
MCLE Superior Court SeminarIntroducing Evidence at Trial2004
MCLE How To Try A Civil Case in Superior CourtClosing Arguments from the Defense2004
MDLA Superior Court SeminarThe Defense of Civil Lawsuits2002
MCLE District Court Survival GuidePreparing an Auto Accident Case2001