Don Baur

Legal Counsel

Donald C. Baur is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Perkins Coie. He previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission and as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior advising the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Don is on the summer faculty of the Vermont Law School, where he teaches ocean and coastal law. He also taught federal wildlife law at the Golden Gate School of Law and serves as co-chair of the American Law Institute/Environmental Law Institute Conference on Species Protection and the Law. He is vice chair of the Book Publications Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and he has served as coeditor and author of the treatises Endangered Species Act: Law, Policy, and Perspectives (2008) and Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy (2015). He has published over 20 law review articles on wildlife, ocean, and environmental law topics.

He received grants to prepare legal analyses and law review articles on marine protected areas from the Turner Foundation, and on marine ecosystem–based management from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. He is a member of the Environmental Leadership Council of the Environmental Law Institute, and serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Over the course of his career, Don has provided legal and litigation counsel on wildlife conservation and animal welfare issues involving numerous marine mammal and sea turtle species around the world on behalf of several non-profit organizations and public figures. He served as Keiko’s lawyer in the multi-year rehabilitation, sanctuary establishment, and reintroduction program.