About Us

Cappello & Noël is recognized as one of the top complex business litigation law firms in the country.

Since the firm began in 1977, partners have successfully tried major commercial litigation cases resulting in over $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, class action awards and workouts for clients.


A. Barry Cappello founded the firm now known as Cappello & Noël in 1977 to bring an indomitable business litigation practice to Santa Barbara.

Until then, significant complex business litigation matters were going to Los Angeles firms. “No one
in Santa Barbara was servicing that kind of business, so I decided to build the firm into a litigation
powerhouse,” Mr. Cappello explains. He created a large firm litigation department without the large firm

The firm successfully uses a trial team concept to take on big corporations, banks and insurance
companies on behalf of individuals and small businesses. Its team of partners, associates, of counsel,
contract professionals and paralegals, has defeated some of the county’s largest law firms and their

Cappello & Noël pioneered the field of lender liability. Barry Cappello is the author of Lender Liability (Fifth Edition, Juris Publishing), the authoritative treatise on lender misconduct. The firm successfully prosecutes lending institution misconduct and fraud. It also uses its expertise to negotiate workout agreements between borrowers and lenders. Its record of jury verdicts and settlements exceeds $1 billion. Cappello & Noël has earned a nationwide reputation as the go-to firm when litigating against financial institutions and other large public and private entities. It is known as a fierce competitor when negotiating and at trial.

Cappello & Noël is very active in supporting community and legal charitable activities. The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara is one of its prime financial benefactors. Realizing the foundation’s telephone system was woefully outdated, the firm donated a new, state-of-the-art system. Over the years, the firm has donated more than $100,000 to the foundation as well as made donations to legal, educational and philanthropic organizations including the Boys & Girls Club.

In 2007, Mr. Cappello personally donated $1.25 million to UCLA School of Law. In 2009, the school unveiled the A. Barry Cappello Courtroom on the UCLA campus. It serves as UCLA Law’s primary courtroom where students compete in mock trials, moot courts and simulated trials and gain experience arguing in a realistic courtroom environment.

The firm is listed in the 2017 edition of “Best Law Firms,” published by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. It received a “Tier 1” ranking in commercial litigation meaning the firm was in the highest percentile of recognized firms.