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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Erek L. Barron

U.S. Attorney

Acting U.S. Attorney

Erek L. Barron is the 49th United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

As the United States Attorney, Mr. Barron is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District of Maryland, serving over six million residents. Mr. Barron oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the District of Maryland. He supervises an office of approximately 98 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 73 support personnel, in two Divisions located in Baltimore and Greenbelt, who handle a high volume of cases including national security threats, domestic and international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime, gang violence, public corruption, cybercrime, financial and healthcare fraud and civil rights violations.

Before taking office as the United States Attorney, Mr. Barron was a partner in a law firm in Maryland, with a focus on complex business and criminal litigation. Mr. Barron was also a member of the Maryland General Assembly, serving in the House of Delegates. As a State Delegate, Mr. Barron served as a member of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council and co-authored bipartisan legislation designed to enhance public safety, reduce corrections spending, and reinvest savings in evidence-based strategies to decrease crime and recidivism. Mr. Barron was also responsible for numerous legislative measures addressing criminal justice reform and behavioral health.

Mr. Barron began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County and then Baltimore City, primarily prosecuting violent crime. He continued his public service as a Trial Attorney in the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he handled regional and national gang and organized crime investigations and prosecutions. He then served as Counsel and Policy Advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, where he focused on law enforcement, crime policy and oversight of the United States Department of Justice.

Mr. Barron previously served as President-Elect of the Maryland State Bar Association and President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park where he was also a member of the football team.  Mr. Barron received his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School. Mr. Barron also earned a Master of Laws degree, focused on International and National Security Law, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on July 26, 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in September 2021, Mr. Barron was sworn in as United States Attorney on October 7, 2021.

Updated October 15, 2021

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