Don Baur, a partner in the firm’s Environment,
Energy and Resources practice, has over 30 years of experience in environmental
and natural resources law. He served as an attorney in the Office of the
Solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior and as General Counsel of the
U.S. Marine Mammal Commission before joining Perkins Coie in 1987.
Don provides federal-policy-level and
project-specific counseling as well as legislative and litigation assistance in
a wide range of environmental and natural resources areas, with a special
emphasis on water law, wildlife and endangered species, public land and energy
resources, protected areas, coastal/ocean law, and Indian law. Don regularly
counsels his clients on various land management transactions and regulatory
proceedings arising under public land laws, the Endangered Species Act (ESA),
the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Environmental Policy Act
(NEPA), the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Clean Water Act
(CWA), coastal/ocean and public land laws, and all natural resource and Native
American laws in Alaska. A significant portion of Don's practice is also
devoted to various Indian law issues, including trust land and gaming
transactions, tribal acknowledgment, and development of contracts between the
private sector, local and state governments, and tribes.
Don has negotiated and achieved approval of legal transactions and permits involving: large-scale renewable energy projects; transmission line and pipeline rights-of-way and infrastructure; offshore oil and gas leases; habitat conservation plans and incidental take authorizations under the Endangered Species Act; avian protection plans and compliance under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA); marine species conservation plans and permits; water resource project development; tribal/local government intergovernmental agreements for Indian trust lands; federal land exchanges; royalty fee determinations; wetlands project development and mitigation banking; and project development on tribal lands. Don has successfully defended many of these decisions in litigation. In addition to permitting and litigation, Don has represented clients in congressional and executive branch deliberations and rulemaking proceedings involving the CWA, ESA, MMPA, Indian lands, water resource projects, and numerous energy and public lands matters.
Don is a frequent speaker, instructor and author on environmental and natural resources law topics. He is lead editor and author of the American Bar Association’s books on The Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy, and Perspectives and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy. Chambers rated in Environmental Law, he serves on the Environmental Law Institute Leadership Council, has served on the faculty of the Environmental Law Center at the Vermont Law School since 1998, and leads the firm’s Chambers-ranked Native American Law and Policy Group.