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Based upon a long time practice of representing both public entities and developers, I utilize a balanced strategy in achieving land use objectives.  As an instructor in land use law and practice of nearly 30 years, I have had a chance to develop strong working relationships with planners and decision makers throughout Northern California, bringing unique value to our private cleints.


In certain circumstances, more than a balanced approach is required.  Based upon our client's needs, we also provide litigation and initiative/referendum options for both public and private clients.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 60%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Government: 15%

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Abbott & Kindermann, LLP

2100 21st Street
Sacramento, CA, 95818


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Land Use and ZoningBest Lawyers in America2013
Northern California Superlawyer (Land Use)Law & Politics Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in America (Land Use and Zoning)Best Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in America (Land use)Best Lawyers in America2011
Northern California Superlawyer (Land Use)Law & Politics Magazine2011
Northern California Superlawyer; Top 100; Land UseLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Northern California Superlawyer (Land Use)Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in America: Zoning and Land UseBest Lawyers in America2009
Northern California SuperlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Northern California SuperlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Northern California SuperlawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Environmental Law SectionMember1992 - Present
Real Property Section, State BarMember1985 - Present
American Planning AssociationMember1979 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Exactions and Impact Fees In CaliforniaEditor and Co-Author2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
University of California - DavisN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Land Use SeriesVested Rights and Development Agreements2012
Continuing EducationSubdivision Map Act2012
Annual Land Use ReviewNew Cases and Statutes2012
UCLA Extension Land Use Law updateLand use law update2011
Continuing EducationVested Rights2011
ACWA 2011 Annual Legal Affairs ConferenceImpact Fees2011
UCLA Annual Land Use Law UpdateLand Use Law Update2010
Annual Land Use UpdateLand use and environmental law2009