Gus Bauman has served as land use or environmental counsel in both the public and private sectors, holding significant leadership positions and acting as co-counsel in Supreme Court cases.
He was inspired to become a lawyer during the 1960s, a time when he met JFK, loved “The Defenders” on television, read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and attended a KKK rally in his hometown as an observer for the morning newspaper. He is an Eagle Scout who eschews ideological posturing, listens carefully to his clients, and offers experienced judgment. The United States Supreme Court has cited Gus’s writings, and his leadership in the land use law field, including numerous articles and conferences, has gained him a national and regional reputation.
Mr. Bauman focuses his practice on land use and related environmental issues, advising clients on matters such as comprehensive planning, project development, and natural resource regulation. His recent matters include zoning, historic preservation, wetlands, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and Clean Air Act transportation conformity issues, as well as writing amici curiae briefs to the Supreme Court on regulatory takings of private property and wetlands regulation.
In a career highlight, Gus played a pivotal role in getting the Maryland Intercounty Connector expressway built. Two prominent law firms had advised the then-governor that the project could not be permitted by federal agencies, but Gus wrote a white paper explaining why that was not accurate and laid out a pathway through the regulatory thicket. The next Governor’s Transportation Secretary read the paper, followed its path, and retained Beveridge & Diamond to advise the state and to defend the project in the inevitable court challenge. The expressway opened in 2011.
Before joining B&D, Gus was Litigation Counsel and legal department director for the National Association of Home Builders. He has served as co-counsel or amici counsel in Supreme Court land use and wetlands cases since 1980, including landmark decisions on regulatory takings of property and development exactions.
From 1974 through 1978, he was legal counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the regional land use and parks authority for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Gus served as a member of the Maryland Greenways Commission and a reviewer of the Growing Smart model code project led by the American Planning Association. From 1989 to 1993, Gus was the full-time Chairman of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. He was a Principal at B&D during 1988-89, representing public and private clients.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Gus B. Bauman