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Adam J. Costa is an attorney with the firm of Blatman, Bobrowski, Mead & Talerman, LLC, with offices in Concord, Millis and Newburyport, Massachusetts.

A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, Adam was active in appellate advocacy as a student and was a recipient of the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for his outstanding achievements in trial advocacy. As an aide to the Assistant District Attorney for Forsyth County, Adam prosecuted a variety of civil, criminal and juvenile matters. As an intern with a North Carolina law firm, Adam helped young municipalities draft zoning ordinances and bylaws, plan for future growth and manage other land use and zoning matters.

Today, Adam works with a varied clientele including municipalities, private developers and other individuals. Adam advises municipal clients on a wide range of topics, from substantive matters such as bylaw enforcement and property sales/acquisitions to procedural matters such as procurement and Open Meeting Law compliance. Representing both municipal and private clients, Adam has extensive experience with G.L. c. 40B development, the adoption of G.L. c. 40R smart growth zoning and expedited permitting pursuant to G.L. c. 43D. Adam is also well-versed in all aspects of residential real estate law, from negotiating Purchase & Sale Agreements to preparing for and handling real estate closings.

Adam frequently represents clients in the District Courts, Superior Courts, Housing Court and Land Court, as well as before administrative agencies including the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). Adam has successfully argued before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, representing a municipal client in a case involving the applicability of the protections afforded nonconforming structures. See Godfrey v. Board of Appeals of Lancaster, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1118 (2008).

Adam’s practice includes real estate, land use/zoning and municipal law. Adam is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of New Hampshire, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. State & Local Law: 35%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 35%
  3. Litigation: 15%
  4. Real Estate: 15%

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Blatman, Bobrowski, Mead & Talerman, LLC

9 Damonmill Square
Suite 4A4
Concord, MA, 01742

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200607/30/2016
NHAuthorized to practice law200611/29/2011
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Academic Achievement AwardN.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers2006
Excellence for the Future Award, Trial PracticeCALI2006
Excellence for the Future Award, American Legal HistoryCALI2006
Excellence for the Future Award, The Civil Law TraditionCALI2005
Excellence for the Future Award, Environmental LawCALI2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlatman, Bobrowski, Mead & Talerman, LLC2014 - Present
Junior AssociateBlanco, Tackabery, Combs & Matamoros, PA2006 - 2006
AssociateBlatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC2006 - 2014
AideForsyth County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2006
Summer AssociateBlatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC2004 - 2005
ParalegalBlatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC2001 - 2003
Legal AssistantHamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC2000 - 2000
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
New Hampshire Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
BNIMember2009 - 2013
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Boston Bar JournalZoning for Medical Marijuana: Approaches & Considerations2016
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of New HampshirePolitical Science & International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
A Roundtable on the Chapter 40R ProgramThe Next 10 Years of Smart Growth Housing in Massachusetts2014