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Allison C. Stanton

Allison C. Stanton

U.S. Department of Justice -- Civil Division
Director of E-Discovery, Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Washington, DC, USA

Ms. Allison Stanton is the Director of E-Discovery, FOIA, and Records for the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  She reports directly to the head of the Civil Division and is frequently called upon by senior Department of Justice leadership and others throughout the federal government for legal guidance and counsel on complex information management and e-discovery issues involving technology and law.  Among the recognition received for her work Ms. Stanton received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, one of the Department’s highest awards, in 2014 and again in 2015 for her work that led to the multi-billion dollar settlements with banks who committed egregious mortgage fraud.

As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Stanton advises on complex e-discovery issues in civil litigation and investigations; develops e-discovery policies, practices, and training for the Civil Division; works with the other Department of Justice Divisions on e-discovery initiatives; advises federal agencies on e-discovery and information management matters; and provides guidance on proposed changes to procedural rules, regulations, and legislation affecting e-discovery. 

Ms. Stanton’s Division is the largest litigating component of the Department of Justice and litigates over 50,000 cases a year.  The Civil Division represents the United States, all federal agencies (such as DOD, HHS, NASA, etc.), Members of Congress, Cabinet Officers, and other federal employees.  The Civil Division’s legal practice includes both defensive and affirmative litigation. Each year, thousands of lawsuits against the government are filed as a result of its policies, laws, domestic and foreign operations, and entitlement programs, as well as law enforcement initiatives, military actions, and counterterrorism efforts. The Civil Division defeats unmeritorious claims every year that would have cost billions of dollars. In its affirmative litigation, the Division brings suits on behalf of the United States, primarily to recoup money lost through fraud, loan defaults, and the abuse of federal funds. Annually, billions of dollars are returned to the treasury, Medicare, and other programs as a result of the Civil Division’s litigation efforts.  As a result of the complexity and the large volumes of data and evidence needed in these cases, the Civil Division’s technology needs are diverse and drive the need for innovation in the development of e-discovery law and technology.

Ms. Stanton also leads the Civil Division’s office responsible for meeting the Division’s FOIA and records obligations.  This information management is a key function that aids the Civil Division in achieving its litigation mission.  One of Ms. Stanton priorities is the continued modernization of government FOIA and records processes by transforming paper-based systems to an advanced electronic workflow.  She works closely with senior Department of Justice leadership and others around the federal government to develop and support innovative and efficient approaches to FOIA, records, and e-discovery.

Ms. Stanton is an established author with more than 20 articles in various legal and technology publications.  She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.  She teaches E-Discovery at American University’s Washington College of Law and is the Former-Chair of the D.C. Bar E-Discovery Committee.  Ms. Stanton received her law degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, summa cum laude, and received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University with honors.  Ms. Stanton clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the Honorable Barry R. Poretz.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Stanton was an attorney with Hogan Lovells US LLP where she represented numerous clients in complex civil cases and criminal investigations, many of which included complex e-discovery issues.  Ms. Stanton also developed proactive e-discovery plans for Fortune 500 companies, including document retention policies and litigation hold and response procedures. 


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