Adrian Robert Gardner is General Counsel of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, an award-winning organization empowered by Maryland to plan future land uses, regulate real estate projects and deliver a comprehensive 52,000-acre regional park experience for the public.
As chief legal officer, he employs hands-on leadership for an in-house legal team responsible for: an expansive litigation portfolio; reliable workplace and other internal investigations; representation in external inquiries by law enforcement and oversight authorities; public-private partnerships; interagency agreements for federal highway and transit funding; complex construction claims, contract disputes, and bid protests; corporate governance and policies covering ethics, diversity, inclusion, minority business enterprise and EEO practices; and the organization’s state legislative affairs.
Recently, Adrian launched an initiative in his law department that integrates legal project management principles with CRM tools and automated workflow elements for a new enterprise matter management technology. Before joining the Commission, Adrian spent more than a decade in the private sector, including four years as chief legal and financial officer of a concrete manufacturing and distribution company that
specialized in large commercial construction projects.
Adrian is a frequent public speaker and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He also taught previously for the Judicial Institute of Maryland and Northeastern University. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Maryland State Bar Association, and other voluntary bar associations in the area. Adrian is currently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for Maryland, the Court of Appeals for the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.