Jason R. Baron

Of Counsel

Overview

An internationally recognized authority on electronic document preservation, Jason R. Baron provides creative solutions to clients’ most pressing information governance needs. He draws on his experience as the first director of litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and as a trial attorney and senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In those roles, Jason helped drive the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and defended the government’s interest in complex federal court litigation. Jason’s current practice includes helping clients address records management, governance and compliance issues, and he remains an industry leader on emerging issues in e-discovery.

NARA and DOJ Experience

As director of litigation at NARA, Jason led the administration’s efforts to provide responsive White House email and other records in the massive U.S. v. Philip Morris RICO lawsuit. He also assisted in the defense of lawsuits filed against the Archivist of the United States under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Federal Records Act (FRA) and the Presidential Records Act (PRA). As a trial lawyer and senior counsel for the DOJ, Jason was the counsel of record in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email, statistical adjustment of the U.S. census and early attempts to regulate the internet.

Thought Leadership

Jason has been an early pioneer in the area of e-discovery and a thought leader in electronic records management. He was a founding co-coordinator of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) TREC Legal Track, a multiyear international information retrieval project devoted to evaluating search issues in a legal context. He also launched the international Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (DESI) workshop series, bringing together lawyers and academics to discuss cutting-edge issues in e-discovery using data analytics.

Over the past two decades, Jason presented on preservation and access issues involving electronic records in over 600 forums throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Jason has served as an editor-in-chief of three publications of The Sedona Conference, including The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery (2007 & 2013 eds.). He was the lead editor on Perspectives on Predicting Coding and Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner (ABA 2016), and has written extensively on topics involving e-discovery and information governance. In connection with past recordkeeping controversies, Jason has been invited to appear on media outlets including CNN and MSNBC, and has been quoted in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine.

Faculty Positions

  • American University Washington College of Law Adjunct Professor, 2017
  • University of Maryland College of Information Studies Adjunct Professor, 2009-14
  • University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Science Visiting Scholar, 2000

Jason R. Baron's CV

Credentials

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

Boston University School of Law
J.D. (1980)

Wesleyan University
B.A. magna cum laude (1977)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • FOIA Advisory Committee to the Archivist of the United States Representative Member, 2018-20
  • Cardozo Data Law Initiative — Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • D.C. Bar Litigation Section E-Discovery & Information Governance Committee (Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2014/15)
  • ARMA International Board of Directors, 2012-13
  • The Sedona Conference — Working Group 1 (Co-Chair, 2009-11; Steering Committee, 2008-12)
  • Georgetown University Law Center Advanced E-Discovery Institute — Advisory Board, 2004-present

Civic Activities

  • The Chelly Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping children in Cambodia — President & Founder

Honors

  • Chambers Global — E-Discovery & Information Governance - USA, 2017-20
  • Chambers USA — Nationwide, E-Discovery & Information Governance, 2015-20
  • Emerald — Literati Award for Excellence, 2017
  • Federal Bar Association (FBA) — Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer Award, 2013
  • The American Lawyer — e-Discovery Trailblazer, 2013
  • Boston University School of Law — D.C. Alumni Public Service Award, 2012
  • Emmett Leahy Award Committee — Emmett Leahy Award, 2011
  • Federal Computer Week — Fed 100 Award, 2008
  • Additional awards and commendations while in public service, including from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Archivist of the United States and the National Security Council

Awards Methodology

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