Frederick Baron, Partner

Frederick D. Baron is a Litigation partner in the Cooley Palo Alto office. He chairs the Firm's Employment & Labor section, and joined the Firm in 1983.

Mr. Baron specializes in business litigation and prelitigation counseling, concentrating on representation of life sciences, high technology companies, and investment funds. His practice has included litigation, arbitration and mediation in the areas of employment, trade secrets, contracts and distributorships. Mr. Baron has handled more than 35 criminal and civil jury trials and argued numerous appeals in both federal and state courts. He regularly provides counseling on executive employment and separation matters, investment fund personnel matters, proprietary information protection, employee raiding, noncompetition, whistleblowing and human resources issues. Mr. Baron also conducts board of directors assessment processes for public companies to facilitate corporate governance improvements.

Mr. Baron was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Executive Office for National Security of the Department of Justice from 1995 to 1996, coordinating policy on international law enforcement and foreign intelligence matters. In 1992, Mr. Baron served on President Clinton's presidential transition team. From 1980 to 1982, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, handling federal criminal prosecutions and special civil proceedings. From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Baron served as Special Assistant to Attorney General Griffin Bell, with responsibility for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence matters. In 1976, he served on President Carter's presidential transition team. From 1975 to 1976, Mr. Baron served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Mr. Baron received a law degree from Stanford University Law School in 1974. In 1969, he received a BA, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Mr. Baron was named to the Daily Journal's list of the top employment defense attorneys in California, Best Lawyers in America (Labor and Employment Law) and Who's Who in American Law. He is currently named in Chambers USA Edition as a leader in Labor & Employment in California. He has lectured on employment law matters at Stanford Business School, lectured internationally about the U.S. justice system under State Department sponsorship, and presented numerous professional seminars on employment, venture capital and trade secret issues. He is a past president of the Keys School board of trustees, a former director of Retail Resources, Inc., and a former member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors.


  • Stanford Law School
    JD, 1974
  • Amherst College
    BA, 1969, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • American Bar Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
Palo Alto
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California 94304-1130

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