Gary E. Steinbauer

Area of Emphasis

Gary Steinbauer is an associate in the Environmental Group of Babst Calland. Mr. Steinbauer leverages his experience as a former lawyer for the U.S. EPA to help clients on a wide variety of matters arising under major federal and state environmental and regulatory programs. He provides strategic advice on permitting matters, day-to-day compliance needs, government investigations, and enforcement actions. Mr. Steinbauer regularly works with companies in the power generation and distribution, mining, metals, chemical, oil and gas, healthcare and other industrial sectors. He also represents municipalities, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Steinbauer devotes a significant portion of his practice to water resources and wastewater management and permitting. He regularly advises clients on issues arising under the Clean Water Act and related state programs regulating wastewater and storm water discharges, and he handles NPDES permitting matters and appeals. He also assists clients as they navigate matters involving the Clean Air Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Endangered Species Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and similar state laws.


Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Steinbauer spent nearly eight years working as an attorney in Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While at the U.S. EPA, he handled civil enforcement matters brought under major federal environmental laws. Mr. Steinbauer also advised EPA regional program offices on permitting matters arising under the Clean Water Act’s NPDES program and the Clean Air Act’s Title V program.

Mr. Steinbauer began his legal career practicing commercial litigation at an international law firm and as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Steinbauer earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of Coif and served as the managing editor of the University of Toledo Law Review. He graduated from the Ohio University with a B.S. in Environmental Biology.

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Steinbauer is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He is actively involved in leadership roles within the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Environment and Energy Law Section.

  • Co-Author, “Comment Period Ending for EPA’s Proposal to Reconsider Key Parts of Methane Rule,” The PIOGA Press, December 2018.
  • Panelist, “More Hot Topics,” 18th Annual Great Lakes Water Conference, The University of Toledo, November 2, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Water Law Update: Recent Developments Expected to Affect the Natural Gas Industry,” The PIOGA Press, November 2018.
  • Co-Author,Fourth Circuit’s ‘Conduit Theory’ Decision Extends CWA Liability for Migrating Groundwater Contamination,” The American Oil and Gas Reporter, April 2018.
  • Author, “The Clean Water Act Goes Underground: An Analysis and Implications of the Ninth Circuit’s Decision in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui,” Trends Magazine, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy & Resources, March 1, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “The Clean Water Rule is delayed in response to U.S. Supreme Court decision,” The PIOGA Press, February 2018.