Joseph Barber's primary practice centers on managing electronic and other discovery matters in complex litigation, regulatory actions and government investigations. Mr. Barber's discovery experience includes more than 15 years of developing and implementing document preservation, collection, review, and production strategies for a cross-section of industries listed in the FORTUNE 500.
Mr. Barber's pro bono practice concentrates on representing children in neglect and abuse proceedings. In his role as Guardian Ad Litem, Mr. Barber has facilitated family reunifications, alternative home placements and secured additional funding necessary to address client education and health needs.
Outside of the legal arena, Mr. Barber has served as a volunteer for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation. In his role as Restaurant Chair from 2006-2008, Mr. Barber and the committee secured annual participation from more than 60 of DC's top chefs and helped raise more than US$300,000 for local organizations to feed families and children.
Some examples of Mr. Barber's practice experience include:
- Drafting, analyzing and responding to subpoenas and other discovery that often includes negotiating the nature and scope of document preservation, collection, review and production with counsel.
- Developing, implementing and monitoring data and document preservation protocols for a multi-national entity with more than 650 record custodians located in 7 offices in the United States and United Kingdom.
- Directing internal fact investigations, document collections and more than 1000 witness interviews for various litigation, regulatory and governmental investigatory matters involving financial services, pharmaceuticals, solar energy, global media, and professional sports.
- Designing a web-based discovery management tool for lead counsel and instructing more than 1450 attorneys from 60 different co-counsel firms how to use the program to facilitate case review, settlement negotiations and trial preparation for 60,000 claims.
- Coordinating final settlement provisions with MDL Special Discovery Master and Counsel Management Committee and implementing dismissal procedures that facilitated distribution of US$2,500,000,000 to more than 33,000 claimants.
- Managing teams of attorneys, legal assistants, litigation technology project managers and other ediscovery professionals through each stage of the discovery process from preservation to production.
- Contributing to Socha-Gelbman's Electronic Discovery Reference Model Metrics and Evergreen Projects.
- JD, Quinnipiac University, 1996
- BA, Temple University, 1991
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
Member, E-Discovery Committee, Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar
Member, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee, Litigation Section of the American Bar Association