Barbara Barron is the founder of Barron & Newburger, P.C. She opened the firm in 1981 as Barbara M. Barron Associates, building the firm’s bankruptcy and insolvency practice and its original regulatory practice.
A respected leader in bankruptcy and insolvency, Ms. Barron has served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Commercial Law League of America and as both a board member and the past President of the Bankruptcy Section of the Austin Bar Association. Ms. Barron is a well-known author and speaker on bankruptcy and reorganization issues, and she has presented on those topics at continuing legal education programs across the country. She was responsible for organizing two new and original seminars (Bankruptcy Mediation and Forensic Finance) for the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar.
Ms. Barron has appeared at the Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as amicus curiae counsel in a number of high-profile cases affecting the collection industry, and she has been counsel for litigants in a number of significant cases, including Matter of Woerner, 783 F.3d 266 (5th Cir. 2015)(en banc), Harryman v. Estelle, 616 F.2d 870 (5th Cir. 1980), Morgan v. Estelle, 588 F.2d 934 (5th Cir. 1979), 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). She was designated as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in 2006 and 2011-2015, and has consulted to collection industry members in the United States, Canada, and India. Her clients have included financial institutions, debt buyers, law firms, collection agencies, restaurant groups, broadcasters, and small businesses, and her legal experience has included work as both a mediator and a Chapter 11 trustee.
Ms. Barron is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, the American Bankruptcy Institute, State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association, and the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers. A tireless advocate for a number of charitable and community organizations, she has Chaired the Business Advisory Council of Community Options, served on the Metropolitan Board of the YMCA of Austin, chaired the Program Services Branch of the YMCA, chaired the Board of Jewish Family Services of Austin, and developed Patient Partners program for Jewish Family Services of Austin. She was instrumental in establishing the Debt Counseling Clinic to assist the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas, and she organized the Insolvency Support Group in Austin — one of the first groups of its kind in the United States
Ms. Barron has received numerous awards for her charitable and community efforts, including the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award from Jewish Family Services of Austin, the 2008 Constant Gardener Award from Advocacy, Inc., and numerous other recognitions for pro bono legal service to the poor.
State Court Admissions:
Federal Appellate Admissions:
- U.S. Supreme Court
- 5th Circuit
Federal District Court Admissions:
- Texas (E.D., N.D., S.D., and W.D.)
- United States Tax Court
- B.A., Barnard College
- M.B.A., Columbia University
- J.D., University of Texas School of Law