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Francesco Barbera is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the founder of Barbera Corporate Law, a corporate and business law practice based in Los Angeles, California.  A veteran business attorney and advisor, Francesco represents startup, family-owned and middle market companies in a wide range of industries. He counsels businesses and entrepreneurs on the full range of their business activities, from formation through capital raising, growth and acquisition.  He works with key specialists in tax, executive compensation, intellectual property and other specialized areas of practice to deliver to clients the highest quality representation available on the legal market today.

Francesco handles organizational, structuring and operational matters, as well as angel, venture capital and other private placements. He has both company-side and investor experience, and has represented the National Broadcasting Corporation, the Grammy Museum, Ares Capital Management, Credit Suisse First Boston, as well as privately held businesses in internet, media and technology, mobile applications, consumer products, professional sports, film and television production, among others. 

Francesco has also founded and represented non-profit initiatives.  He has served as outside counsel to the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter school dedicated to training the next generation of social and political leaders, and the Freedom to Choose Foundation, a non-profit organization delivering personal development education to prisoners and administrators in the California criminal justice system.  He is the founder and former Executive Director of SpiritWalk, a non-profit fundraiser created to benefit the University of Santa Monica.    

Francesco’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The American LawyerCalifornia LawyerSlate, and others. He served as the Supreme Court columnist and Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Record and was the founder and editor-in-chief of the first Ivy League journal in the country dedicated to the publication of undergraduate historical research.

Francesco began his legal career at two large, international law firms in Los Angeles, where he represented large and small enterprises in a broad range of transactions, from mergers and acquisitions to public and private securities offerings to the formation of partnerships and joint ventures.

Francesco is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. 


Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 25%
  2. Intellectual Property: 25%
  3. Venture Capital: 25%
  4. Securities Offerings: 25%


Payment types:

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    I have been responsible for hiring lawyers for many years and I have always had trouble finding lawyers that are (1) experienced and skilled; (2) creative outside the box thinker; and (3) kind, caring, and compassionate. In 20 years, Francesco is the only corporate lawyer I have worked with that I can honestly say excels in all three of these areas. I cannot say strongly enough what a special attorney Francesco is!


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Contact info

Barbera Corporate Law

225 Santa Monica Boulevard.
Suite. 1100
Santa Monica, CA, 90048


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
cum laudeHarvard Law School2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and Corporate AttorneyBarbera Corporate Law, P.C.2009 - Present
Corporate AttorneyProskauer Rose LLP2005 - 2009
Corporate AttorneyIrell & Manella LLP2001 - 2005
Summer AssociateDebevoise & Plimpton2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of California, Business Law SectionMember2014 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of PennsylvaniaHistory & EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar SeriesRaising Capital for Impact Businesses and Social Enterprise2015
Webinar SeriesStructuring Impact Businesses and Social Enterprises2015