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Erek L. Barron
Counsel
7501 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 700W
Bethesda, MD 20814-6521
Phone: 301.804.3613
Fax: 301.804.3643
ebarron@wtplaw.com
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036-5405
Phone: 202.659.6800
Fax: 202.331.0573

Experience

Erek L. Barron is co-chair of the firm’s Administrative & Regulatory Law Practice Group and a member of the Business Litigation Section. An experienced litigator and trial attorney, Mr. Barron primarily serves clients in the areas of complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. Additionally, Mr. Barron counsels businesses in corporate compliance matters. He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has an active civil and criminal appellate practice before state and federal courts of appeal.

Prior to private practice Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government. First, as a prosecutor in Maryland and at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, he investigated and prosecuted a variety of economic crimes and violent offenses. Next, Mr. Barron served as counsel and policy advisor to then-Senator Biden and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Barron was also responsible for a wide portfolio of domestic and international law enforcement issues, including policies regarding the prosecution of business organizations and enforcement policies under statutes such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Barron capped his government service as an appointee to the President's Transition Team from 2007 to 2008 where he worked with the U.S. Attorney General and other senior U.S. Department of Justice officials on justice and civil rights issues. 

Beyond his public service and employment activities, Mr. Barron is a leader within the national and local professional bar, including the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Currently, he co-chairs the ABA Litigation Section Criminal Litigation Committee and serves in the ABA House of Delegates. Beyond his service within the professional bar, Mr. Barron serves on the boards of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and the Maryland Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Barron is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School (LL.M., International Law & National Security, 2007), the George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1999), and the University of Maryland at College Park (B.A., English, 1996).

White Collar Criminal Defense, Corporate Investigations & Compliance

  • Representing corporations, directors, officers and employees, in responding to and defending against government inquiries, investigations, and prosecutions
  • Conducting internal corporate investigations pursuant to compliance programs or government inquiries    
  • Advising corporate clients on US and global compliance systems design, implementation, ongoing assessment and monitoring, and corrective action responses
  • Former Assistant State's Attorney for Prince George's County and Baltimore City
  • Former Counsel and Policy Advisor to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  
  • Former member of President Obama's Transition Team for Justice and Civil Rights
  • Co-chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Litigation Committee
  • Co-chair of the American Bar Association CJS Appeals and Habeas Committee
  • Member of the Criminal Justice Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association

Business Litigation

  • Representing corporations and nonprofits in commercial disputes and labor and employment matters
  • Representing owners of commercial property in real estate litigation matters and disputes with tenants
  • Representing commercial real estate developers in disputes with subcontractors
  • Representing retail establishments, restaurants and hospitality establishments in personal injury actions and negligent security lawsuits

International

  • Representing multijurisdictional corporations engaged in commercial disputes in various parts of the globe, including the Middle East, Asia, and South America
  • Acting as general counsel to foreign governments engaged in commercial transactions and sensitive matters in the U.S. and abroad
  • Former counsel to the Hon. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee)
  • Former counsel to the U.S. Senate International Narcotics Control Caucus

Public Policy, Political Law & Ethics

  • Advising corporations and nonprofits in the development of effective government affairs, legislative, compliance, and policy strategies on the local, state, and federal levels
  • Advisor to local, state, and federal public officials on ethics compliance, public policy initiatives, and building community coalitions
  • Former congressional staffer and advisor to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Information Protection Committee
  • Member of the Committee on Laws of the Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member of the Committee on Ethics of the Maryland State Bar Association

Minority, Women, and Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises & Nonprofit Organizations

  • Serving as general counsel to start-ups, small businesses, and nonprofits in a variety of matters, including governance and drafting and reviewing contracts and other legal documents, and litigation   

Cyber Security and Information Privacy

  • Chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Information Protection Committee

Liquor Licensing

  • Representation of restaurants regarding the securing, transferring and/or upgrading of liquor licenses before the Prince George's County Liquor Board

General Information

Professional Memberships
American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Prince George's County Bar Association, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Monumental City Bar Association, American Bar Foundation, and Maryland Bar Foundation

Public Service and Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees: Office of the Public Defender for Maryland (2011 - Present) 
  • Board of Directors: Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. (2006 - Present) 
  • Board of Directors: Prince George's County Coalition of Adoption Programs, Inc. (2011 - Present) 
  • Member: Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee

Professional Activities

  • President: J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Co-Chair: ABA Litigation Section, Criminal Litigation Committee
  • Member: MSBA Criminal Law & Practice Section Council
  • Board of Directors: Prince George's County Bar Association
  • Chair: MSBA Young Lawyers Section (2011 - 2012) 
  • Member: American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates (2008 - 2010) 
  • Member: ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (2009 - 2012)
  • Member: ABA Criminal Justice Section 
  • Board of Governors: Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) (2010 - 2012)
  • Member: MSBA Public Awareness Committee 
  • Member: MSBA Special Committee on Voir Dire
  • Member: MSBA Committee on Laws
  • Member: MSBA Committe on Ethics

Honors / Awards

  • Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, 40 under 40 (2013)
  • National Bar Association Impact, Best Advocates under 40 (2012)
  • Daily Record, Very Important Professionals under 40 (2012)
  • Maryland Equal Justice Associates’ Leadership Award (May 2010)
  • Maryland Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Public Service (June 2004)
  • Maryland Legislature Citations for Outstanding Public Service (June 2004)
  • Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association Scholarship Award (2004)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., International Law and National Security Law 2007)
  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D. 1999)
  • University of Maryland (B.A. 1996)