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Jan Baran


Jan Baran is a Partner at Holtzman Vogel. Baran has decades of experience as one of the nation’s preeminent election law attorneys. He advises clients on all aspects of election and political law including federal, state and local campaign finance laws, government ethics requirements, and lobbying laws.

Mr. Baran began his career as counsel and Assistant to the Chair of the Federal Election Commission, He went on to serve as General Counsel of the George H.W. Bush campaign for president and General Counsel of the Republican National Committee. Later, he served as a member of The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, Special Recount Counsel to the Virginia Attorney General, and member of the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Government Finance Reform. He has been a member of international observer delegations to numerous elections around the world, including in the Philippines, Nicaragua, Hungary and Pakistan.

Baran is an experienced litigator who has argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.

He appears frequently as a legal commentator on television, radio, cable and in the print press. His articles have been published in law journals as well as in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Baran served as a legal analyst for ABC News during the 2000 Florida recount.

Mr. Baran is the author of the book, “The Election Law Primer for Corporations,” published by the American Bar Association, and now in its sixth edition. He co-chairs the Practising Law Institute’s annual Corporate Political Activities conference. Baran has received the top national ranking from Chambers USA every year since the original publication. Chambers has described Baran as “the dean of campaign finance.”

Baran received his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees.

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