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Gary E Bair - Rockville, MD

50 West Montgomery Ave.Suite 200 Rockville, MD 20850

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Updated: 01/29/2021

Rockville Appellate practice: criminal appeals Lawyer


The Honorable Gary E. Bair, retired from the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, brings to RaquinMercer 45 years of legal experience and 35 years of appellate and post-conviction practice. Judge Bair has argued over 150 cases before Maryland’s appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar and he has argued cases before the Supreme Court such as Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S...

About Gary E Bair

Practice Areas

  • Appellate practice: criminal appeals
  • Appellate practice: civil and family law appeals
  • Post-conviction work
  • Federal Habeas Corpus

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel (Retired)


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1979
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Other Affiliations

  • Member of the State Advisory Board for the Department of Juvenile Services (2014-2020).
  • President of Montgomery County Chapter, American Inns of Courts (2016-2017).
  • Past Chair of the two Sections of the Maryland State Bar Association: the Section of Criminal Law and Practice, and the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
  • Appointed as Member, MSBA Standing Committee on Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions (1999-2010) and participated in drafting and redrafting numerous pattern instructions.
  • Appointed by the Court of Appeals as Member, Character Committee, State Board of Law Examiners (2004-2011).
  • Appointed by Governor William Donald Schaefer in 1992 as Chair of the seven-member Governor's Commission on the Death Penalty to study the death penalty in Maryland.
  • Appointed by the General Assembly in 1991, as Member, Committee to Revise Article 27 of the Maryland Code, which was formed by the legislature to study the criminal code of Maryland and recommend revisions to various parts of it.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1976
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1972
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: English



  • Adjunct Teaching Award, American University, Washington College of Law (2016).
  • Wayne Fenton Memorial Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the creation and implementation of Mental Health Court in Montgomery County, Maryland (2017).
  • 2014 Recipient of the MSBA’s Robert C. Heeney for Exemplifying the Highest Professional Standards and Achievement During His Distinguished Career.
  • Bar Leaders, Certificate of Recognition, Montgomery County Bar Foundation (2013).
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar Foundation.
  • Selected by peer ratings as Maryland and D.C. metro area "Super Lawyer" in field of criminal defense, awarded to top five percent of lawyers annually (2007-2012).
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated (2011).

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Office Information


50 West Montgomery Ave.Suite 200 Rockville, MD 20850


  • 833-816-5605

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  • “Reflections upon Retirement from the Bench” (Newsletter, The Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD, November 2020).
  • “Ten Tips for the Appellate Practitioner” (The Barrister, Howard County Bar Association Newsletter, February 2005; reprinted in The Law Clerk, the monthly publication of the MSBA Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, March 2005).
  • Chapter on State appellate practice, Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer (Sandler & Levy, 2d ed. 2001).
  • “Delays in the Execution of Death Sentences” (The Maryland Bar Journal, November/December 1995)
  • Annual cumulative supplement to Chester J. Antieau, Federal Civil Rights Acts--Civil Practice (2d ed. 1980, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company, Rochester, New York), published annually December 1981-1993.
  • Note, The Applicability of Federal Common Law to Aviation Tort Litigation, 63 Geo. L.J. 1083 (1975) (co-authored).
  • Circuits Note: 1974-1975 Term, Prisoners' Rights, 64 Geo. L.J. 509 (1975) (authored one section of annual criminal survey issue).

Representative Cases

  • Supreme Court: Maryland v. Pringle, 540 U.S. 366 (2003)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: United States. v. McKenzie-Gude, 671 F.3d 452 (4th Cir. 2011)
  • Maryland Court of Appeals: Unger v. State, 427 Md. 383 (2012); Longshore v. State, 399 Md. 486 (2007); Cooksey v. State, 359 Md. 1 (2000); Busch v. State, 289 Md. 669 (1981)
  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals: Shady Grove Psychiatric Group v. State, 128 Md. App. 163 (1999)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: Tarpley v. Greene, 221 U.S. App. D.C. 227 (1982)

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