Mr. Baumann’s practice focuses on civil and administrative litigation concerning environmental, coastal, natural resources, land use, governmental and general commercial law.
Areas of Practice
More than 20 years of experience representing private and government clients in civil and administrative litigation before state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal and the Division of Administrative Hearings in matters concerning environmental permitting, mining, dock, marina and dredging approvals, riparian rights, environmental enforcement actions, coastal construction and beach armoring, zoning, comprehensive plan amendments, water use, contract, and real estate disputes, election law, eminent domain, Section 1983, private property rights and general commercial litigation.
Represents private and government clients in obtaining permits before the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in matters concerning docks and marinas, wetlands permitting, mangrove protection, endangered species issues and coastal construction permitting.
Defends private and government clients in enforcement actions brought by state, federal and local regulatory agencies relating to dredging, wetland impacts, docks and marinas, seagrass and mangrove impacts and FEMA flood zone regulations.
Represents private and government clients before the Florida Department of Community Affairs, and numerous county, municipal governments and special districts and concerning comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact, local zoning and variance applications, land development orders, eminent domain, real estate materials, employment matters and code enforcement.
Serves as counsel for the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board regarding conduct of elections, public records issues, and election challenges in Circuit Court and the Courts of Appeal.
Publications and Presentations
Lecturer at the Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Annual Update, topics include “General Overview of Riparian Rights in Florida” and “Antiquated Subdivisions in Florida”, January 1, 2018
Special Permit Considerations for Sovereign Lands and Aquatic Preserves, Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 12, 2017
Private Property Rights Selected Issues in Florida, August 3, 2015
Takings Law: Before & After, Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. V. FDEP, October 26, 2010
What Do you Do when the Government Shows Up?, October 21, 2009
Recent Developments in Regulatory Takings: The Law After Lingle, October 20, 2009
Florida's Submerged Lands Authorizations, CLE International Coastal Law Conference, January 9, 2009
General Overview of Riparian Rights in Florida, February 3, 2008
Florida's State Lands Authorization, CLE International Coastal Law Conference, January 5, 2008
Babbit v. Sweet Home Chapter of Communities for a Great Oregon: Preserving the ‘Critical Link’ Between Habitat Modification and the ‘Taking’ of an Endangered Species, 20 Nova L. Rev. 747, June 30, 1996
Professional, Civic and Community Involvement
Florida Bar Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice since 2015
The Palm Beach County Bar Association
The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, Member
United States District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, Member
Palm Beach County Ethics Initiative and County Charter Amendment Steering Committee
Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2009, Governing Board Member 2009-2011
Previous Professional Experience
Mr. Baumann previously served as Assistant County Attorney for Palm Beach County. His duties included civil, administrative and appellate practice on behalf of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and County departments in state and federal courts. He has extensive civil litigation experience in federal and state courts relating to eminent domain and inverse condemnation, zoning and land use, and real estate disputes. His duties also included litigation before the Division of Administrative Hearings, state and federal appellate practice and presentation of matters to the Board of County Commissioners.
Mr. Baumann also served as Senior Assistant General Counsel to the Department of Environmental Protection and Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, where he handled matters concerning state and submerged lands, environmental and coastal construction permitting, and inverse condemnation. He participated in the negotiation and drafting of an interstate water compact between Alabama, Florida and Georgia.