Bob Baum has been a practicing attorney for over 24 years. He focuses on resolving family and civil disputes in the most effective, least confrontational way possible. Representative clients have included families of every type—straight, gay, with and without children, and of numerous nationalities and religions. Business clients have included the Washington Post Co, World Wrestling Federation and numerous computer software and intellectual property companies.Bob brings a business law background to family law matters (as well as his own experiences as a father and divorcee), and experience with the human side of the law to business cases. In recognition of his ability to resolve difficult disputes, President Clinton appointed him as chief judge and dispute resolution specialist for the U.S Department of the Interior (where he established the Department’s dispute resolution/mediation program), Gov. Glendening chose him to chair Maryland’s medical privacy council (composed of 29 diverse and potentially contentious members), and the Maryland Court of Appeals dispute resolution office designated him as one of only 24 facilitators in the State to help resolve difficult public policy issues.
Bob received his B.A. from Dartmouth College with High Honors and his J.D. from Washington University (St. Louis), ranked one of the top 20 law schools in the country. He is admitted to the Bars of Maryland, District of Columbia and California. He has lectured on dispute resolution throughout the country, including at Yale University and before the American Bar Association (ABA). He also teaches family law for the Montgomery County Women’s Commission and MCPS Adult Education program. Bob is the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and is treasurer and an executive board member of Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. He is a member of the ABA (litigation, dispute resolution and family law sections,) Maryland State Bar Association (dispute resolution and family law sections,) and the Association for Conflict Resolution.