We are pleased to announce that Jason R. Baron, the former Director of Litigation for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), has joined the Drinker Biddle & Reath's Information Governance and eDiscovery Group. Jason is Of Counsel and is a member of our Washington, D.C., office.

As NARA’s Director of Litigation, Jason led NARA’s efforts to provide responsive White House email and other records in the massive U.S. v. Philip Morris RICO lawsuit, and assisted in the defense of lawsuits filed against the Archivist of the United States under the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Records Act, and the Presidential Records Act in a wide variety of high-profile cases. As a trial lawyer and senior counsel for the DOJ, he appeared as 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.

During his tenure at NARA, Jason also represented the organization as co-chair on the steering committee of The Sedona Conference Working Group on electronic document retention and production, and has served as an editor-in-chief on three Sedona commentaries. He was also a founding co-coordinator of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology TREC Legal Track. Prior to joining NARA, he 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.

Long seen as an innovator in the field, Jason was recently recognized as an eDiscovery “trailblazer” as part of The American Lawyer’s “Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He was also the 2011 recipient of the prestigious international Emmett Leahy Award, recognizing his career contributions in the field of records and information management.

Jason received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.