Adrian Robert Gardner, general counsel of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is making use of his experience working in private practice on construction and land-use issues.
He was a general counsel for Dyna Corp. when that construction company helped build the Baltimore Ravens’ football stadium and the Redskins’ FedEx Field.
Gardner also has served as executive director of the Prince George’s County Minority Business Opportunities Commission and remains “passionate about making sure that minority-owned companies have maximum opportunities to compete for contracts,” which he says increases competition and reduces costs for the public.
He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and has taught land-use litigation for the Judicial Institute of Maryland.
Adrian Robert Gardner
Education: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Md.; B.S., criminal justice, Northeastern University; master’s, public policy, Harvard University; J.D., Harvard Law School.
Hometown: Glenarden, Md.
Favorite authors: Malcolm Gladwell, William O. Douglas, Harper Lee, Zoe Thorpe (young up-n-comer in Montgomery County).
Most inspiring book: “Working” by Studs Turkel.
Most recently read: “Dragon Tattoo” trilogy by Stieg Larsson.
Favorite columnists: Gene Robinson and Michael Wilbon.
Favorite food: Real Louisiana gumbo and anything Jamaican.
Most recent vacation: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (beautiful people).
Hobbies: Cooking and writing.
Favorite quotation: “It’s almost always better to muck up the law than to look up the law.” — Professor Morton Horwitz