Benjamin R. Barron

Partner

T: 949.476.8700
F: 949.476.0900
bbarron@kelleranderle.com

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PRACTICE AREAS
Trials
Commercial Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense
Corporate Internal Investigations

EDUCATION
Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Articles Editor and Senior Editor; Harvard Defenders, Team Leader

UC Berkeley, B.A., Philosophy, with Distinction

CLERKSHIP
Law Clerk, The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

State Bar of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter (2019-2024)

Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam Section, Programming Committee (2024-)

Harvard Law School Association of Orange County, Board of Directors (2024-)

Orange County Bar Association

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: Current Risks and Best Practices,” moderator (2023)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Federal Criminal Justice System: a Discussion with the Bench and Bar,” panelist (2023).

AdvaMed MedTech Conference, “Minimizing Sales and Marketing Compliance Risks: Developing Compliant Sales Models and Value-added Services,” panelist (2023)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” Panelist (2023)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “The Changing Landscape of Firearms Prosecutions,” moderator (2022)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, “Addiction Treatment: The Enforcement Landscape,” panelist (2022)

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, “EKRA Enforcement Trends,” panelist (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Criminal Justice System: A Discussion with Orange County Leaders in Federal Prosecution and Defense,” panelist (2022)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” panelist (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Opioids and Criminal Justice: Fentanyl, Treatment Fraud, and Rehabilitation,” panelist (2021)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” Panelist (2021)

DOJ National Advocacy Center, “Financial Investigations in Healthcare Cases,” Lecturer (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Hot Topics in Civil and Criminal Securities Enforcement,” speaker (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Ninth Circuit Update,” speaker (2020)

DOJ National Opioid Coordinator Conference, “Complex Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” presenter (2020)

Western States Opioid Summit, “Enforcement Trends,” (2019)

Davis Wright Tremaine Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance Conference, “Health Care Provider Fraud Enforcement: The Prosecutor and Defense Perspectives” (2019)

DOJ’s National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Training Conference, “Financial Prosecutions Involving Health Care Fraud Schemes” (2019)

DEA Advanced Tactical Diversion Squad Seminar, “Complex Prosecutions Against Pharmacy Practitioners,” lecturer (2019)

DEA Division Management Training Conference, “Trends in Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2019)

DOJ National Advocacy Center, “Pharmaceutical Drug Investigations and Prosecutions Seminar,” co-chair of planning committee and lecturer (2017)

UCLA School of Law, “Federal Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions,” lecturer (2017)

DOJ Federal Pharmaceutical Drug Investigation and Prosecution Conference, “Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2016)

UCLA and Zócalo Public Square, “Can Anything Stop America’s Opioid Addiction Problem,” panelist (2016)

Fidler Institute for Criminal Justice, Loyola Law School, “Opioid and Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2016)

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Conference, “Lessons Learned from Operation Eastern Promises,” lecturer, (2015)

National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, “Trends in Medicare Fraud Enforcement,” lecturer (2015)

“Recent Trends in Criminal Health Care Fraud Prosecutions,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Fall 2018)

“Investigating and Prosecuting Pill Manufacturing Schemes,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Summer 2018)

“Strategies for Investigators and Prosecutors in Prescription Drug Diversion Cases,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Fall 2016)

“A Proposal to Rescue New York Times v. Sullivan,” (American University Law Review, 2007)

Ben Barron is a top tier, first chair trial lawyer who handles complex, high-stakes business disputes, white collar criminal defense cases and corporate internal investigations. Prior to joining KA, Ben served as the Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orange County, as Special Counsel to the United States Attorney on Opioids and as Deputy Chief of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section.

During his fifteen-year career as a federal prosecutor, Ben successfully tried and/or supervised 33 jury trials to verdict. Ben is recognized within the U.S. Department of Justice as an authority on matters involving healthcare fraud, opioid diversion, and kickback violations. Among his other accomplishments, Ben has successfully prosecuted more than two dozen medical professionals, led the first enforcement program in DOJ history focused on fraud and kickback schemes in the substance abuse treatment industry, and has trained prosecutors and federal agents throughout the country.

Ben received numerous awards in recognition of his service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including DOJ’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney, an OCDETF Director’s Award for Individual Achievement, the Department of Homeland Security’s SAC Achievement Award, and the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the California Narcotic Officers’ Association.

Ben served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Benjamin R. Barron

Partner

EDUCATION

Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Articles Editor and Senior Editor; Harvard Defenders, Team Leader

UC Berkeley, B.A., Philosophy, with Distinction

CLERKSHIP

Law Clerk, The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

EXPERIENCE

Ben Barron is a top tier, first chair trial lawyer who handles complex, high-stakes business disputes, white collar criminal defense cases and corporate internal investigations. Prior to joining KA, Ben served as the Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orange County, as Special Counsel to the United States Attorney on Opioids and as Deputy Chief of the International Narcotics, Money Laundering, and Racketeering Section.

During his fifteen-year career as a federal prosecutor, Ben successfully tried and/or supervised 33 jury trials to verdict. Ben is recognized within the U.S. Department of Justice as an authority on matters involving healthcare fraud, opioid diversion, and kickback violations. Among his other accomplishments, Ben has successfully prosecuted more than two dozen medical professionals, led the first enforcement program in DOJ history focused on fraud and kickback schemes in the substance abuse treatment industry, and has trained prosecutors and federal agents throughout the country.

Ben received numerous awards in recognition of his service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including DOJ’s prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney, an OCDETF Director’s Award for Individual Achievement, the Department of Homeland Security’s SAC Achievement Award, and the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the California Narcotic Officers’ Association.

Ben served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Trials
Commercial Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense
Corporate Internal Investigations

Special Commendation for exemplary service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (2024)

Special Commendation for exemplary service, U.S. Department of Justice (2024)

SAC Achievement Award, Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations (2023)

Special Commendation for exemplary service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (2020)

Prosecutor of the Year, California Narcotic Officers’ Association (2019)

Special Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (2017)

Director’s Award for Individual Achievement, DOJ Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (2016)

Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice (2015)

Centurion Award, Peace Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County (2013)

Attorney General’s Honors Program, United States Department of Justice (2008)

Samuel Heyman Fellow, Harvard Law School (2007)

State Bar of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, Orange County Chapter (2019-2024)

Federal Bar Association, Qui Tam Section, Programming Committee (2024-)

Harvard Law School Association of Orange County, Board of Directors (2024-)

Orange County Bar Association

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Cybersecurity and Cybercrime: Current Risks and Best Practices,” moderator (2023)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Federal Criminal Justice System: a Discussion with the Bench and Bar,” panelist (2023).

AdvaMed MedTech Conference, “Minimizing Sales and Marketing Compliance Risks: Developing Compliant Sales Models and Value-added Services,” panelist (2023)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” Panelist (2023)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “The Changing Landscape of Firearms Prosecutions,” moderator (2022)

Los Angeles County Bar Association, “Addiction Treatment: The Enforcement Landscape,” panelist (2022)

California Society of Healthcare Attorneys, “EKRA Enforcement Trends,” panelist (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Inside the Criminal Justice System: A Discussion with Orange County Leaders in Federal Prosecution and Defense,” panelist (2022)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” panelist (2022)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Opioids and Criminal Justice: Fentanyl, Treatment Fraud, and Rehabilitation,” panelist (2021)

SEC Los Angeles Joint Regulatory Conference, “Securities Enforcement Trends,” Panelist (2021)

DOJ National Advocacy Center, “Financial Investigations in Healthcare Cases,” Lecturer (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Hot Topics in Civil and Criminal Securities Enforcement,” speaker (2020)

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter, “Ninth Circuit Update,” speaker (2020)

DOJ National Opioid Coordinator Conference, “Complex Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” presenter (2020)

Western States Opioid Summit, “Enforcement Trends,” (2019)

Davis Wright Tremaine Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance Conference, “Health Care Provider Fraud Enforcement: The Prosecutor and Defense Perspectives” (2019)

DOJ’s National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Training Conference, “Financial Prosecutions Involving Health Care Fraud Schemes” (2019)

DEA Advanced Tactical Diversion Squad Seminar, “Complex Prosecutions Against Pharmacy Practitioners,” lecturer (2019)

DEA Division Management Training Conference, “Trends in Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2019)

DOJ National Advocacy Center, “Pharmaceutical Drug Investigations and Prosecutions Seminar,” co-chair of planning committee and lecturer (2017)

UCLA School of Law, “Federal Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions,” lecturer (2017)

DOJ Federal Pharmaceutical Drug Investigation and Prosecution Conference, “Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2016)

UCLA and Zócalo Public Square, “Can Anything Stop America’s Opioid Addiction Problem,” panelist (2016)

Fidler Institute for Criminal Justice, Loyola Law School, “Opioid and Prescription Drug Diversion Prosecutions,” lecturer (2016)

Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Annual Conference, “Lessons Learned from Operation Eastern Promises,” lecturer, (2015)

National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units, “Trends in Medicare Fraud Enforcement,” lecturer (2015)

“Recent Trends in Criminal Health Care Fraud Prosecutions,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Fall 2018)

“Investigating and Prosecuting Pill Manufacturing Schemes,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Summer 2018)

“Strategies for Investigators and Prosecutors in Prescription Drug Diversion Cases,” (DOJ Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Fall 2016)

“A Proposal to Rescue New York Times v. Sullivan,” (American University Law Review, 2007)