lisa a. barton
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Lisa A. Barton has practiced as a commercial litigator since 1996, with a focus on construction law, including contractor payment disputes, mechanics’ lien claims, and construction defect and delay litigation. Before she began her legal career, Ms. Barton practiced architecture for ten years.

Her areas of practice also include breach of contract disputes, bankruptcy law (including creditors’ rights and preference action defense), employment law and employee relations, insurance law, government litigation, and business torts, as well as a variety of general commercial litigation matters. Ms. Barton has represented individuals and corporate entities, including homeowners, real estate developers, contractors and subcontractors, universities, third party administrators, insurance companies, and local and national corporations.

Her practice also includes assisting clients in drafting, revising, interpreting and negotiating various types of business and employment contracts, and advising health care providers and third party administrators regarding patient confidentiality matters and HIPAA compliance.

Representative cases:

Ms. Barton's recent experience includes:

  • representing a large metal refiner in a multi-million dollar breach of contract action against a metal recycling company, and representing the same metal refiner, through the trial and settlement of a subsequent fraudulent conveyance action against the officers and shareholders of the metal recycling company;
  • advising a Pennsylvania contractor regarding Prevailing Wage Act compliance issues;
  • advising and representing a property owner in a dispute alleging violations of ADA accessibility standards;
  • defending and advising a local real estate developer involved in multiple contractor and subcontractor payment disputes and mechanics’ lien actions;
  • representing major universities in disputes involving defects and delays arising on various new construction and renovation projects;
  • representing a national insurer as a major creditor in numerous bankruptcy cases;
  • representing a shareholder in a closely-held New Jersey corporation asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against the other shareholder;
  • representing a large telecommunications company in litigation involving thefts of copper cabling;
  • representing an urban school district in matters involving charter schools and labor contracts; and
  • representing a third party administrator of employer-funded employee benefit plans in various contract and preference actions.

Professional affiliations:

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Ms. Barton is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Barton is a member of the board of directors of Exceptional Care for Children, a non-profit pediatric hospice and long-term care facility located in Newark, Delaware.

Bar/Court admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit


  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1996). Bonnie Rome Scholarship, 1993 - 1994; Staff Member, Temple Law Review, 1994 - 1995; Associate Research Editor, Temple Law Review, 1995 - 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania (M.Arch., 1982). Certificate in Urban Design
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (B.Arch., 1981). AIA Henry Adams Medal; Peter Bruder Memorial Prize in Structures; DelGaudio Award for Excellence in Design; Alumni Association Service Award

While attending law school, Ms. Barton interned with the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and with Justice Russell Nigro in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Seminars and publications:

Ms. Barton has prepared written materials and presented the following continuing education programs for attorneys, contractors, and design professionals:

Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals: Legal and Engineering Perspectives (Lorman 2019)

Business Contracts in 10 Simple Steps: Adding Confidentiality/Non-Disclosure, Non-Competes and Restrictive Covenants
(NBI 2019)

Business Contracts in 10 Simple Steps: Diligently Reviewing the Contract - Looking for Legal Landmines, Problem Areas and Things that Cause Legal Disputes
(NBI 2019)

Plan Reading and Scheduling; Understanding Construction Documents
(Lorman, 2004, 2005, 2008)

Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting
(Half Moon, 2014, 2015) 

Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member

Lawblog posts:

Pennsylvania's Mechanics Lien Law - An Introduction

What Pennsylvania Homeowners Should Know About the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

New Jersey Employers:  NJ LAD Protects Medical Marijuana Patients from Adverse Employment Actions

Companies Using Staffing Agencies May Be Deemed Joint Employers Liable for Overtime Pay

Employers Cannot Avoid Paying Overtime by Varying Regular Pay Rates 

Is the Restrictive Covenant in my Employment Contract Enforceable?

A Written Agreement to be Bound Can Be Sufficient Consideration for a Contract

Does Covid-19 Relieve Parties From Their Contractual Obligations?

OCR Publishes Document Listing Practices to Prevent Sexual Harassment

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