Jason R. Baron serves as Of Counsel in the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, in their Information Governance and eDiscovery Group in Washington, D.C. He also co-chairs the recently formed Information Governance Initiative, an industry consortium and think tank.
Previously, Mr. Baron served for 13 years as Director of Litigation for the National Archives and Records Administration. He also formerly held the positions of trial attorney and senior counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, where during the 1990s he acted as lead counsel in landmark litigation involving the preservation of White House e-mail.
He has served as Co-chair on the steering committee of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on e-discovery, and has served as an editor-in-chief on three Sedona commentaries. Mr. Baron was a founding co-coordinator of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track. He is also currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he teaches e-discovery in the graduate College of Information Studies. He has served on a number of advisory boards, including on the Board of Directors of ARMA International, and is a member of the Georgetown Advanced Institute on E-Discovery.
Last year Mr. Baron was recognized as an ediscovery “trailblazer” in The American Lawyer’s August 2013 issue on the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious international Emmett Leahy Award, recognizing his career contributions in the field of records and information management. During his time in public service Mr. Baron received numerous other awards, including from the Justice Department, the Archivist of the United States, the National Security Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration. Most recently he was named the 2013 recipient of the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Attorney Award by the D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He also received a Fed 100 award from Federal Computer Week in 2008 for his e-discovery related advocacy.
Mr. Baron received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.