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.
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.
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 is a volunteer judge for the Massachusetts Bar Association High School, Suffolk Law School and Boston University Law School Mock Trial Tournaments and serves as a volunteer conciliator in the Brockton, Stoughton and Quincy District Courts.
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 the Immediate 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. Additionally, he belongs to the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island and 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.