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.