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Barbara Barron

Co-founder of Barron & Newburger, Ms. Barron is a respected leader  in bankruptcy and insolvency, FDCPA law, commercial litigation and small business advisory work. Litigator, mediator, author, lecturer, trustee, volunteer and organizer, she is a tireless advocate for community and clients’ rights.

Ms. Barron was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Since founding the firm which became Barron & Newburger in 1981, she has helped build its capability and national stature. She is currently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, three United States District Courts for the State of Texas and the United States Tax Court. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. She has worked with clients in effecting out-of-court workouts and has represented debtors, creditors, trustees and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy proceedings throughout Texas. Ms. Barron was Barron & Newburger’s managing shareholder from 2003 through August 2014 and is also the vice-president of Fair Debt Consultants, LLC.    She has been counsel in many significant cases, including  Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich, LPA, 130 S.Ct. 1605 (2010)(attorneys for Commercial Law League as amicus curiae), Heintz v. Jenkins, 514 U.S. 291 (1995)(attorneys for Commercial Law League as amicus curiae,   Barron & Newburger v. Texas Skyline Interests, et al (Matter of Woerner),  783 F.3d 266 (5th Cir. 2015)(en banc), Reed v. City of Arlington, 650 F.3d 571 (5th Cir. 2011)(en  banc) (attorneys for Commercial Law League as amicus curiae), Riviere v. Banner Chevrolet, Inc., 184 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 1999)(attorneys for Commercial Law League as amicus curiae), Harryman v. Estelle, 616 F.2d 870 (5th Cir. 1980), Morgan v. Estelle, 588 F.2d 934 (5th Cir. 1979), Youngblood v. GC Services Ltd. Partnership, 186 F.Supp.2d 692 (W.D. Tex. 2002), Goldberg v. Craig, 341 B.R. 186 (Bankr. E.D. Tex. 2006) and  Scott v. Resolution Trust Corporation, 157 B.R. 297 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 1993)(opinion withdrawn pursuant to settlement),


  • Designated Texas Super Lawyer, 2006, 2011-2015 by Thomson Reuters
  • Served both as a state court receiver and as a Chapter 11 Trustee
  • Course director for Bankruptcy Mediation conference sponsored by the State Bar of Texas
  • Member of the Board of the Bankruptcy Section of the Austin Bar Association for six years and served as president of that section from 2004 to 2006
  • Co-Recipient, The Constant Gardener Award from Advocacy, Inc. for pro bono representation, 2008
  • Organizer of the Insolvency Support Group in Austin — one of the first groups of its kind in the United States
  • Instrumental in establishing the Debt Counseling Clinic to assist the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas
  • Appointed to the Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Rules Task Force by the Texas Supreme Court in 1999
  • In 1984, she served as an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Texas School of Business and has served as a lecturer addressing issues in creditor’s rights and bankruptcy law for educational programs both in Texas and across the country.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Board of Governors of the Commercial Law League of America
  • Immediate Past Chair of Bankruptcy Section and former Chair of Education Committee of the Bankruptcy Section of the Commercial Law League of America
  • Admissions Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas (admitted in 1977)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (admitted in 1980)
  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Certified Mediator, American Arbitration Association


She is the co-author of Fair Debt Collection Practices: Federal and State Laws and Regulations (Sheshunoff & Pratt) by M. Newburger and B. Barron and the nine previous versions of that treatise. Other publications include:

  • Co-editorship of the Handbook of Consumer Bankruptcy Essentials and the Bankruptcy Desk Reference for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners (both prepared for State Bar of Texas seminars)
  • Editorship of the Bankruptcy Reference Manual and Forms Guide prepared as the Course Books for the State Bar of Texas’ Nuts & Bolts of Bankruptcy (a course she co-directed with Stephen Sather)
  • Co-authorship (with Stephen Sather), Supreme Court Review, Debt3 (July/August 2010)
  • Co-authorship with Stephen Sather on Highlights of BAPCA 2005 Changes to the Consumer Provisions of Title 11, published in the November 2005 of the Commercial Law League of America Bulletin
  • Co-authorship with Stephen Sather on Trade Creditor and Small Business Protections under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, published in the December 2005 issue of the Texas Bar Journal
  • Served on the editorial committee of the Texas Collections Manual published by the State Bar of Texas


For more than 30 years, Ms. Barron has been actively involved in charitable and pro bono matters in the Austin area and has received awards from Volunteer Legal Services of Austin and Advocacy, Inc. for her commitment to pro bono matters:

  • Chaired the Board of Jewish Family Services of Austin
  • Received the Volunteer of the Year Award  from Jewish Family Services of Austin (2013)
  • Developed Patient Partners program for Jewish Family Services of Austin
  • Executive Committee, Anti-Defamation League (Austin Chapter)
  • Former Board Member, Congregation Agudas Achim
  • Chaired the Business Advisory Council of Community Options
  • Served on the Metropolitan Board of the YMCA of Austin
  • Chaired Program Services Branch of the YMCA


  • BA (magna cum laude) in economics from Barnard College
  • MBA in finance and industrial organization from Columbia University
  • JD from the University of Texas School of Law