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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.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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|NH||Authorized to practice law||2006||11/29/2011|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Academic Achievement Award||N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers||2006|
|Excellence for the Future Award, Trial Practice||CALI||2006|
|Excellence for the Future Award, American Legal History||CALI||2006|
|Excellence for the Future Award, The Civil Law Tradition||CALI||2005|
|Excellence for the Future Award, Environmental Law||CALI||2005|
|Partner||Blatman, Bobrowski, Mead & Talerman, LLC||2014 - Present|
|Junior Associate||Blanco, Tackabery, Combs & Matamoros, PA||2006 - 2006|
|Associate||Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC||2006 - 2014|
|Aide||Forsyth County District Attorney's Office||2006 - 2006|
|Summer Associate||Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC||2004 - 2005|
|Paralegal||Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC||2001 - 2003|
|Legal Assistant||Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC||2000 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|New Hampshire Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|BNI||Member||2009 - 2013|
|Boston Bar Journal||Zoning for Medical Marijuana: Approaches & Considerations||2016|
|Wake Forest University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of New Hampshire||Political Science & International Affairs||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|