Withey Morris, a prominent Arizona land use law firm for nearly 20 years, promoted Adam Baugh from partner to owner. Baugh joined Withey Morris in 2007 as an associate attorney.
His specialties include working with cities and neighborhoods on behalf of development clients to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses. Baugh also has unique experience working with infill development projects across the Valley.
“I love being able to propel seemingly impossible projects forward to help our clients build a successful development, community, and city. Relationships are key to that. It’s those relationships that help us solve unique development challenges with neighbors and city hall.”
His success has helped clients obtain rezone approvals, stipulation changes, variances, use permits, site plan approvals and plats. Beyond land use entitlements, clients trust Baugh with intensive real estate matters such as due diligence, development agreements and code enforcement violations.
“Adam possesses specialized knowledge that continues to differentiate Withey Morris and we’re excited about his new ownership role,” said Jason Morris, founding partner and owner. “He’s a passionate rising star with a fresh, creative outlook. As the youngest owner, he provides diversity in thought that allows us to work seamlessly together.”
Baugh earned his B.A. in International Studies in 2002 from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in 2006.
Baugh is actively involved in his community, serving on a variety of boards and committees including the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Maricopa County Development Task Force, Gilbert CAN (Community Action Network), a local non-profit service organization, and Gilbert Leadership Class XX. As a father of five young children, he also is a Boy Scouts leader and coaches soccer and other youth recreational leagues.
Marathon Man Baugh likens the endurance required for his work to his passion for long-distance running: “What we do for a living is a marathon. Negotiating and working with staff, neighbors and elected officials to advance meaningful development takes months, sometimes years to succeed. It’s like an endurance sport. It can be hard to see the finish line although you know the course. The process can be daunting but we give people certainty in uncertain terrain. Even if you can’t see the end, it’s about finding ways to succeed and trusting you are on the right path and strategy.”
Baugh is an avid sports fan who regularly trains for marathons and triathlons including an upcoming Oceanside Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, often running 50 to 60 miles a week. Baugh says, “Running is my meditation. It helps me strategize cases and work through issues with each mile-marker. I love the feeling of finishing a two-hour morning run when most people are hitting their snooze buttons.”
Despite all of the juggling he does, Baugh says his toughest job above anything else is being a dad to five children ranging from one to 14 years old. “It’s controlled chaos but nothing makes me more proud than coming home to a crazy house and happy kids.”
About Withey Morris For nearly twenty years, Withey Morris PLC has been Arizona’s leading land use law firm. Its dynamic team combines experience in land use entitlements, real estate transactions, government affairs and lobbying with the sharp legal insight needed to handle every aspect of
the real estate development process. Withey Morris represents commercial, residential, industrial, master-plan developers and landowners in virtually every corner of Arizona jurisdiction. Prestigious publications routinely rate its attorneys among the best land use and real estate lawyers in Arizona. These publications include Chambers USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers. Martindale Hubbell, a noted authority in rating U.S. law firms and attorneys, gives the firm an AV rating, the highest ranking. Withey Morris’ mission is to help build its clients’ visions by guiding them from the drawing board through city hall to project completion.