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Alan Baron

Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3589
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Mr. Baron is a senior counsel concentrating his practice in white collar criminal defense and securities and financial litigation in the Washington, D.C. office.  His practice is focused on high-profile cases in the federal enforcement arena and complex civil litigation.  He also serves as special counsel to government entities.

Following law school, Mr. Baron clerked for the Honorable Roszel C. Thomsen, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Maryland where he successfully prosecuted a variety of high-profile cases involving bribery and organized crime.

Mr. Baron thereafter entered private practice where he focused on defending white collar crime prosecutions, litigating complex civil cases, and serving as special counsel in public proceedings.  His private representations in criminal defense matters have included the successful defense of L. Patrick Gray III, former Director of the FBI, who was indicted for allegedly authorizing unlawful FBI break-ins.  His representations of individuals and corporations in civil and criminal matters have included False Claims Act, whistleblower (qui tam) claims, mail fraud, bid-rigging, health-care fraud, among others.  He also successfully defended ABC News in a series of civil cases involving surreptitious electronic eavesdropping.

From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Baron served as Special Impeachment Counsel to the United States House of Representatives in proceedings which resulted in impeachment, conviction, and ultimate removal from office of federal judges Alcee Hastings and Walter Nixon.  In 1991, he was appointed as Special Counsel by the Governor of Rhode Island to investigate the financial collapse of Rhode Island’s privately-insured credit unions.  In 1993, he was appointed as Special Counsel to the Anne Arundel County School Board in Maryland to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by high school teachers and students which gained national attention.

In 1997, Mr. Baron served as Minority Chief Counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for the investigation into campaign finance abuses.  Mr. Baron was appointed to that position by Senator John Glenn, ranking Minority Member. 

In October 2008, Mr. Baron was retained as Special Impeachment Counsel by the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives with regard to the possible impeachment of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous.  Judge Porteous was impeached by the House and convicted in the Senate after a trial.

In May 2009, Mr. Baron was retained as Special Impeachment Counsel by the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives with regard to the possible impeachment of United States District Judge Samuel B. Kent. Judge Kent was impeached by the House of Representatives on June 19, 2009, and resigned from office on June 30, 2009.

Mr. Baron has been named repeatedly to "Best Lawyers in America" in the fields of Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.  Mr. Baron has authored and contributed to several publications on matters relating to his practice.  He has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School.  Mr. Baron has also served as legal analyst and commentator for NBC News, with a focus on federal investigations and impeachment.

Mr. Baron is a senior counsel concentrating his practice in white collar criminal defense and securities and financial litigation in the Washington, D.C. office.  His practice is focused on high-profile cases in the federal enforcement arena and complex civil litigation.  He also serves as special counsel to government entities.

Following law school, Mr. Baron clerked for the Honorable Roszel C. Thomsen, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney for Maryland where he successfully prosecuted a variety of high-profile cases involving bribery and organized crime.

Mr. Baron thereafter entered private practice where he focused on defending white collar crime prosecutions, litigating complex civil cases, and serving as special counsel in public proceedings.  His private representations in criminal defense matters have included the successful defense of L. Patrick Gray III, former Director of the FBI, who was indicted for allegedly authorizing unlawful FBI break-ins.  His representations of individuals and corporations in civil and criminal matters have included False Claims Act, whistleblower (qui tam) claims, mail fraud, bid-rigging, health-care fraud, among others.  He also successfully defended ABC News in a series of civil cases involving surreptitious electronic eavesdropping.

From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Baron served as Special Impeachment Counsel to the United States House of Representatives in proceedings which resulted in impeachment, conviction, and ultimate removal from office of federal judges Alcee Hastings and Walter Nixon.  In 1991, he was appointed as Special Counsel by the Governor of Rhode Island to investigate the financial collapse of Rhode Island’s privately-insured credit unions.  In 1993, he was appointed as Special Counsel to the Anne Arundel County School Board in Maryland to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by high school teachers and students which gained national attention.

In 1997, Mr. Baron served as Minority Chief Counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee for the investigation into campaign finance abuses.  Mr. Baron was appointed to that position by Senator John Glenn, ranking Minority Member. 

In October 2008, Mr. Baron was retained as Special Impeachment Counsel by the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives with regard to the possible impeachment of U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous.  Judge Porteous was impeached by the House and convicted in the Senate after a trial.

In May 2009, Mr. Baron was retained as Special Impeachment Counsel by the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives with regard to the possible impeachment of United States District Judge Samuel B. Kent. Judge Kent was impeached by the House of Representatives on June 19, 2009, and resigned from office on June 30, 2009.

Mr. Baron has been named repeatedly to "Best Lawyers in America" in the fields of Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.  Mr. Baron has authored and contributed to several publications on matters relating to his practice.  He has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School.  Mr. Baron has also served as legal analyst and commentator for NBC News, with a focus on federal investigations and impeachment.

Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • B.A., Princeton University

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Affiliations

  • ABA – Litigation Section
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Permanent member Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Visionary Council of the MIT Collaborative Initiatives Program

Presentations

  • "Impeachment: The Constitutional Remedy of Last Resort," Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (February 2017)
  • “The American Jury System,” George Washington University Law School—Korean Judicial Students, Washington, DC (July 2007)
  • “When Congress Investigates,” Fairfax County Chamber of Government Contractors Council, Fairfax, VA (May 2007)
  • “Representing Your Client Effectively in Congressional Investigations,” American Bar Association (March 2007)

Publications

  • “Congress Makes History,” National Law Journal (2011)
  • “The Curious Case of Alcee Hastings,” Nova Law Review (1995)
  • “Federal Sentencing Law and Practice,” United States Sentencing Commission (1989)
  • “Surreptitious Recording of Conversations in Maryland – A Trap for the Uninformed,” Maryland Bar Journal (1987)
  • “The long arm of the law invites you to do business in California,” The Daily Record, Baltimore (1986)
  • “Bid Rigging in the Construction Industry,” Federal Publications (1984)