Jason R. Baron, Esq., Of Counsel, Drinker Biddle LLP, Washington DC (and former Director of Litigation, National Archives and Records Administration)
Mr. Baron serves as Of Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C., and as Co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, a vendor neutral consortium and think tank. Between 2000 and 2013, he served as the first appointed director of litigation at the US National Archives and Records Administration, and before that as a trial lawyer and senior counsel for a dozen years at the Department of Justice. In those capacities, Mr. Baron played a leading role in the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and acted as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email. Mr. Baron taught the first e-discovery course for PhD and Masters candidates in the US at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, and currently teaches e-discovery at American University’s Washington College of Law. He co-founded both the NIST TREC Legal Track and the DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) international workshop series. He has served as Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference Working Group on electronic document retention and production (WG1), has been on the Board of Directors of ARMA International, is a former chair of the D.C. Bar E-discovery & Information Governance committee, and currently serves as a member of the Cardozo Data Law Advisory Board and the Georgetown Advanced Ediscovery Institute.
He is the lead editor of the book, Perspectives on Predictive Coding, And Other Advanced Search Techniques for the Legal Practitioner (2016), has written over 70 published articles on subjects related to e-discovery and information governance, and has made over 400 presentations worldwide. While in public service, Mr. Baron received multiple awards from the Department of Justice and the Archivist of the U.S., as well as awards and commendations from the National Security Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration. Mr. Baron is a recipient of the international Emmett Leahy Award for his Outstanding Contributions and Accomplishments in the Records and Information Management Profession, as well as the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer award given by the Federal Bar Association. He was prominently featured in the documentary The Decade of Discovery (2014), which tells the story of a government lawyer seeking a better way to search for White House email. The American Lawyer Magazine named him one of six “e-discovery trailblazers” in its 2013 issue devoted to “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” In connection with issues surrounding former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of email, Mr. Baron has appeared on NBC News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and numerous other media outlets. He received his B.A., magna cum laude with honors, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.