Experienced Attorney and Public Servant
State Delegate and member of the General Assembly's Health & Government Operations Committee (2014 - Present)
- Member of the Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council (2015 - 2016)
Private law practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP and previously as a solo practitioner (2008 - Present)
Advisor to President Obama’s Transition Team (2007 - 2008)
Counsel to Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the US Senate Judiciary Committee (2007 - 2008)
Federal prosecutor at the US Department of Justice (2006 - 2007)
Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City (2004 - 2006)
Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County (2001 - 2004)
Past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association
Past Board of Directors Member of the Prince George’s County Bar Association
Master of Laws degree in International Criminal Law / National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center (2007)
Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School (1999)
Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland at College Park (1996)
Delegate Erek L. Barron proudly represents Prince George's County in the Maryland General Assembly where he works on behalf of all Marylanders with a focus on transparent and accountable government, economic development, healthcare and criminal justice issues. As a former state and federal prosecutor, and one of the few lawyer-legislators and practicing attorneys in the legislature, he brings a valuable perspective to the legislature's work, no matter what the issue.
When he's not delving into public policy, Mr. Barron works as an attorney in private practice and is recognized annually as a "super lawyer" in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Currently, Mr. Barron is a litigator and counselor at the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP where he practices general litigation and counsels small businesses and nonprofits. Mr. Barron also serves as a leader in the legal profession, the Democratic party, and as a leading advocate on access to justice issues.
Prior to his private law practice Mr. Barron had a distinguished career in government. First, as a prosecutor in Prince George’s County, he prosecuted a variety of economic crimes and violent offenses. During this time, Mr. Barron was honored by the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, the Maryland General Assembly, and the Governor for his exemplary service. Later, as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. Barron prosecuted criminal conspiracies and gang cases.
Next, Mr. Barron served as policy advisor to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He was counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and was responsible for a wide portfolio of domestic and international law enforcement issues. Finally, Mr. Barron capped his government service as an appointee to President Obama’s Transition Team where he worked with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and advised the President’s administration on justice and civil rights issues.
In his spare time, Mr. Barron serves the public through various national and local bar organizations and nonprofit boards. Currently, he is a board member and Immediate Past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, the premier organization for African-American attorneys in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. He has also served as a board member of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. and the Maryland Public Defender’s Office, focusing on improving legal services for the poor, pro bono, and mentorship.
Mr. Barron’s community service activities within his neighborhood and Prince George’s County are extensive. He has served as a member of the board of his homeowners’ association and on the board of the Lake Arbor Foundation, Inc. and he has been an advisor to the Coalition of Adoption Programs of Prince George’s County. He is also a past member and officer of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee.
Mr. Barron is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, The George Washington University Law School and received a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law School. He lives in Mitchellville, Maryland with his wife, Taria Barron, and their daughter, Bryce. They worship at Reid Temple, AME in Glenn Dale, Maryland.
Josh Kurtz, Center Maryland --
Erek Barron...cerebral former prosecutor; conscientious and working an array of issues. Was a big player in the criminal justice reform debate..."
The Washington Post --
...we support Erek Barron, a lawyer with a long history of public service. Mr. Barron would bring experience, savvy and a laudable focus on criminal justice matters to the legislature."
The Gazette --
Barron, a former prosecutor for the county state’s attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice, is also well known for his community efforts, which include extensive efforts to improve legal aid for low-income residents. He’s in touch with the challenges facing the county, such as foreclosures, and has solid ideas to address them."
John Gallagher, The Seventh State --
Erek Barron – An Attorney at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, the newest addition to the District 24 Delegation has tremendous statewide potential. A former prosecutor (as an ASA in Prince George’s and Baltimore City as well as at the Department of Justice) who worked for then US Senator Joe Biden on Capitol Hill, Erek has as sterling a resume as any legislator. He also has an easy going charm and keen intelligence. Bonus Points: he played football at College Park."