Hawk Barry


Hawk Barry joined the California lemon law firm of the Auto Fraud Legal Center in 2002, and was made a partner in 2006. Mr. Barry is a California Lemon Law lawyer who has more than 10 years of consumer protection litigation experience. He has served as trial counsel in numerous auto fraud and lemon law cases resulting in punitive damage and civil penalty awards across California, including San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Kern County, Sacramento County, and Imperial County.

Since the Covid pandemic started, Mr. Barry has won multiple trials and arbitrations against car dealers for cheating California consumers.

Mr. Barry has successfully litigated cases on behalf of consumers who were victims of the following auto fraud practices:

  • Lying about the need to sign a new contract
  • Failing to disclose prior accident damage
  • Selling over advertised price
  • Improperly certifying used vehicles
  • Improper contract preparation
  • Improper DMV fees
  • Charging to smog a vehicle that wasn’t smogged
  • Failing to make proper disclosures to customers
  • Failing to provide prior rental history

Mr. Barry has also helped California consumers by obtaining injunctions prohibiting fraudulent practices from multiple dealerships. Trial and arbitration successes include:

  • Olivas/Vasquez v. Three-Way Chevrolet (lumping, odometer fraud)
  • Watkins v. Power Toyota Buena Park (backdating)
  • Gains v. Bosch Kia (undisclosed prior rental and accident damage)
  • Graciano v. Robinson Ford Sales (undisclosed negative equity and failure to provide Spanish-language documents)
  • McClanahan v. Fleetwood and Freightliner (lemon law claim)
  • McLucas v. Autoville Motors (failure to comply with buy-here, pay-here law; seller unmeritable vehicle)

Mr. Barry was also the lead attorney in Graciano v. Robinson Ford Sales, Inc. (2005) 144 Cal.App.4th 140, Lewis v. Robinson Ford Sales, Inc. (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 359, Nelson v. Pearson Ford Co. (2010) 186 Cal.App.4th 983 which involved California auto fraud issues. Mr. Barry has spoken at multiple National Association of Consumer Advocates Auto Fraud Conferences, and has spoken before the United States Navy JAG attorneys on California auto fraud and lemon law issues.

Mr. Barry received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1992, and graduated from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1995. Mr. Barry has been admitted to practice before both state and federal courts in California since 1995. Mr. Barry is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, Consumer Attorneys of California, and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

If you are in need of an experienced California lemon lawyer who is well-versed in California Lemon Law and Auto Fraud issues, contact Hawk Barry.