On January 20, 2015, Erek Barron won reversal of the death sentence conviction of his pro bono client, Isaiah McCoy. Mr. McCoy was convicted and sentenced to death in Delaware for the May 2010 killing of James Munford. After his conviction, a pro bono team from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston led by former Project Steering Committee member Erek L. Barron, took over Mr. McCoy’s case on direct appeal. The team argued to the court that several errors had occurred at Mr. McCoy’s trial and called for reversal of his conviction and death sentence.
Erek L. Barron
Mr. Barron is a co-founder of the firm’s Administrative Law & Regulatory Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations practice groups. He also focuses his practice on business litigation, crisis management and provides strategic advice and advocacy to a range of corporate, nonprofit and government entities and their leadership.
Mr. Barron has enjoyed a distinguished career in government. He has served as a state and federal prosecutor, as counsel and policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. Mr. Barron currently serves as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Prince George’s County. In this capacity, he serves on the Health & Government Operations Committee where he is instrumental in shaping healthcare policy, administrative law and labor and employment law.
Mr. Barron has held leadership roles with a range of civic and charitable organizations, including the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. He also enjoys volunteering his time with a variety of disadvantaged youth-related programs. And, whenever possible, Mr. Barron volunteers his time pro bono to the indigent and underserved communities. Recently, he led the pro bono appeal of a capital case in which the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously reversed the client’s convictions and death sentence based on judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct.
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2020
- Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers: 2013 - present
- 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)
Memberships & Activities
- 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, Elected Positions, and Community Activities
- Elected State Delegate, District 24, in the Maryland legislature, Fall 2014
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
Erek Barron was quoted in the American Bar Association article, "Admission of GPS Evidence Signals Brave New Word."
Erek Barron was quoted in length in the American Bar Association article, "Demonstratives Allowed in Jury Room During Deliberations."
Erek Barron was quoted in this article, originally published in Litigation News, from the ABA Section of Litigation:
...“You would have to do some pretty good lawyering” to convince the trial court that racial bias has tainted a defendant’s right to a fair and impartial jury, according to Erek L. Barron, Bethesda, MD, cochair of the Section’s Criminal Litigation Committee. Moreover, “the abuse-of-discretion standard is extremely difficult to overcome on appeal,” he adds.
This just in: Maryland civil legal service programs not only benefit the poor but also save the state millions per year. Legal assistance to low-income Marylanders is a significant economic boost to the state and benefits more than just those receiving aid, according to a report just released by the Maryland Judiciary's Access to Justice Commission.
... “The decision is focused on the statute’s goal of making victims whole but potentially interferes with the statute’s goal of returning property to victims,” comments Erek L. Barron, Bethesda, MD, cochair of the Section of Litigation’s Criminal Litigation Committee. “If a defendant is going to be on the hook for the offset amount regardless of when the property is sold, then why return the property? Also, the decision may have the unintended consequence of interfering with the marketplace,” says Barron. ...
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Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that thirteen of its attorneys are listed among the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in D.C. and Virginia.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that Erek L. Barron and Peter W. Sheehan, Jr., have been named Partners of the firm, effective January 1, 2018.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that thirteen of its attorneys are listed among the 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in D.C. and Virginia.
Forty-one Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland and Kentucky for 2017
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 41 of its attorneys are listed among the 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland and Kentucky joining the sixteen who were listed earlier this year in Delaware, D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 43 of its attorneys are listed among the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland.
Fifty-One Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland; Two in Maryland Listed in "Top 100"
Message from WTP's Managing Partner, November 7, 2014:
Please join me in congratulating Erek Barron on two momentous accomplishments.
First, this week Erek was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates for the 24th District in Prince Georges County Maryland. Erek will be sworn in as a delegate in the coming weeks and will start his first legislative session in Annapolis in 2015.
Erek Barron is running for State Delegate in District 24 of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has received the endorsement of the Washington Post, which said:
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that eleven of its attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the Washington D.C. metro area, including four who are listed for the first time.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 54 of its Maryland-based attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars” and the three partners who received special recognition -- Edward Buxbaum and Dwight Stone in the Top 100, and Mary Claire Chesshire in the Top 50 Women.
Erek Barron has been named the President-Elect of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association.
The Association, which was named after the Honorable J. Franklyn Bourne, a graduate of Howard School of Law and the first African-American judge in Prince George's County, serves primarily African-American attorneys in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Mr. Barron has been active in the Association throughout his career.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in the Washington D.C. metro area, including two who are listed for the first time.
Erek L. Barron, Counsel in the firm's Bethesda office, received a victory in the D.C. Court of Appeals in an opinion to be published. The issue arose out of the trial court's instructions, after a breakdown in a poll, to a jury that subsequently returned five criminal convictions. The Court reversed and remanded the case for a new trial.
The text of the opinion can be read here.
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.
The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.
The National Bar Association has announced that Erek Barron, counsel at Whiteford Taylor & Preston, has been selected as one of forty young lawyers from across the nation who will be honored at the NBA’s gala in July. The Best Advocates awards recognize “talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically.”
Whiteford Taylor & Preston announced today that Erek L. Barron has joined the firm’s Litigation practice in the firm’s new Bethesda office.
Mr. Barron, who is Counsel to the firm, commented, “I'm excited about the opportunity the firm offers to expand my practice, offer my clients a wide array of services, and work with prominent attorneys such as my friend and mentor Harry Johnson.”