Primary Industries

Industry Associations

  • California State Board of Contractors
  • Southern California Contractor’s Association
  • Associated General Contractors of California (Legal Advisory Committee) 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • United States District Court

Professional Affiliations

Orange County Bar Association 

Community Involvement

Assistance League of Santa Ana

Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Cal Poly SLO Alumni Association


Western State University College of Law, J.D.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.A

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T. Darren Barker

Orange County
T: 714.557.7990
F: 714.557.7991
Representative Matters
Full Bio

Darren Barker is a partner in M&R’s Orange County office. He is a renowned defense attorney and routinely handles personal injury and property casualty cases. In addition, Darren has a particular expertise in construction law.

He litigates construction-related matters involving property owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and manufacturers. Likewise, Darren represents design professionals, architects, landscape architects, engineers and surveyors. Having owned his own contracting firm prior to practicing law and given his first-hand insight into the complexities of the construction industry, it is no wonder Darren is so highly sought after by those working in the space, including several of Southern California’s busiest contractors, for whom he also serves as corporate counsel and negotiator with both public and private entities. There is more. Darren has extensive experience handling product liability matters as well.

Past Experience

Prior to joining M&R, Darren was the co-owner of Barker & Barker Plastering, Inc. During law school, he served as a judicial clerk for Presiding Justice David Sills at the California Court of Appeal. 

Awards & Recognitions

Darren was named to the list of Southern California Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Representative Matters

Construction Defects: Negotiated a $24 million construction defect claim down to $7.1 million on behalf of our builder client. Secured the favorable resolution and, in turn, successfully satisfied the settlement through the participation of several key subcontractors. 

Design & Construction Management: Successfully handled a complex dispute involving the design of a hospital in Southern California. The case involved several design and construction management issues that were arguably the responsibility of a design professional, creating damages valued at approximately $10M. Through a unique defense strategy, deflected all responsibility for the alleged construction management issues, and negotiate a dismissal for a waiver of costs.

Design Professionals: Have secured several favorable resolutions in a myriad of cases filed against California licensed design professionals in actions involving the design of multi-million dollar private and public works projects. In so doing, have protected clients from potential State Licensing Board reprisals. 

Product Liability & Personal Injury Defense: Successfully negotiated a complete settlement favorable to a manufacturer client in a product liability and personal injury lawsuit stemming from laceration injuries sustained by a minor when a shower door shattered.

Specialty Construction Defect Defense: Negotiated a $1.5M settlement for a concrete surfacing subcontractor when a major commercial Southern California airport authority sought over $9.6M in damages for surface deterioration to hanger floors allegedly caused by faulty concrete.

Subcontractor Defense: Negotiated a $5M claim for a retaining wall and waterproofing subcontractor in a construction defect lawsuit involving water intrusion at a 35,000 square foot, single-family detached residence on 1.9 acres of property in Orange County, California.

Subcontractor Defense: Negotiated favorable settlements for a subcontractor in over 90 cases alleging sheet metal defects in residential construction tracts in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California.

Subcontractor Defense: Negotiated reasonable settlements for a subcontractor in over 30 cases concerning alleged roofing defects in commercial and residential construction projects throughout Northern and Southern California.

Subcontractor Defense: Negotiated reasonable settlements in many of the 50 cases brought against a subcontractor for alleged stucco and lathing defects in residential construction tracts in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California. One case was disposed of during pre-trial motions.

Subcontractor Defense: Favorably settled three claims for $65,000, $15,000 and $10,000, respectively in cases against a steel manufacturing subcontractor, which cases sought a combined $93M.

Subcontractor Defense: Negotiated a "walk away" settlement on behalf of a plastering/drywall subcontractor faced with several actions involving four separate projects in Oxnard, California, including a very complex one having to do with a 200+ unit building.


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