Ms. Allison Stanton is the Director of E-Discovery, FOIA, and Records for the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Among 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 also leads the Civil Division’s office responsible for meeting the Division’s FOIA and records obligations. This information management is a key function for the Division. One of Ms. Stanton priorities is the continued modernization of the Division’s FOIA and records processes. 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.
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.
Ms. Stanton teaches E-Discovery at American University’s Washington College of Law and is the Former-Chair of the D.C. Bar E-Discovery Committee. She is an established author and has spoken at numerous national and international e-discovery conferences. 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. Ms. Stanton clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for the Honorable Barry R. Poretz.