Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLC is pleased to announce that Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel in the firm’s Information Governance and eDiscovery Group, is this year's recipient of the Justice Tom C. Clark Award for Outstanding Government Lawyer. The prestigious award given by the D.C. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of career service lawyers employed by the United States Government in the District of Columbia. The award is named in memory of Justice Clark, who served as Attorney General of the United States, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and as the first Director of the Federal Judicial Center.

“I am ever so grateful to the Federal Bar Association, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, Judge Stanley Sporkin, and other members of the selection committee, for this great honor. I had a dream career working on litigation matters of public importance, and I will always cherish the time I spent with my colleagues in the public service,” said Mr. Baron.

“Jason’s extraordinary record of 33 years of distinguished federal service, including his role in landmark litigation involving White House e-mail, and most recently his leadership in advancing the Obama Administration’s trailblazing initiatives in records and information management, are nothing short of remarkable,” said Bennett B. Borden, a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section and Co-Chair of the firm’s Information Governance and eDiscovery Group.

Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Mr. Baron served as the first Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and as a trial lawyer and senior counsel in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division in the U.S Department of Justice. In those roles, Jason helped drive the government’s adoption of electronic record keeping practices, and defended the government’s interests in a variety of complex federal court litigation. Additionally, through his thought leadership role as an editor-in-chief of three commentaries of The Sedona Conference®, his founding of the TREC Legal Track, his sponsorship of a series of international “DESI” (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) workshops, and his other scholarly publications, Mr. Baron has become an internationally recognized authority on the subject of the preservation of electronic records. Among his many awards for his work while in the public service, Mr. Baron was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Emmett Leahy Award, recognizing his career achievements in the field of records and information management, as well as an award from The American Lawyer for being an “e-discovery trailblazer,” as announced in its August 2013 issue, “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.”

Previous winners of the Justice Tom C. Clark Award have included the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court Senior Judge, the Honorable Stanley Sporkin, U.S. District Court Judge (Ret.), the Honorable William C. Bryson, U.S. Federal Circuit Court Judge, Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, and Michael R. Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. Mr. Baron is the 53rd recipient of this distinguished award.

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