Daniel S. Cucchi returns as a senior associate at Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., providing legal services for our land development, public agency and industry practice groups. His practice areas include land use, CEQA, municipal law, real estate, natural resources, administrative and business law.

Mr. Cucchi assists with the firm’s representation of public agency and private clients, including cities and counties, air districts, developers, and industrial and agricultural landowners in matters relating to land use entitlements, planning and zoning laws, CEQA, conservation grants and easements, and litigation. He has also been a speaker at both national and state conferences for the American Planning Association speaking on climate change and improving the agency/public communication process.

Prior to working at Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., Mr. Cucchi served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Rocklin. Dan also served as the Legislative Director for the California State Senate Majority Leader where he specialized in environmental, energy, natural resources, and local government policy development.  Prior to that, he was the Project Planner for the County of Yuba with extensive experience as project manager for the Yuba County 2030 General Plan, as well as specific plans, subdivision maps, and conditional use permits. He has both prepared and reviewed all types of planning, zoning and CEQA documents.

Dan graduated from McGeorge School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor, with distinction, a certificate in Public Law & Policy and was a Traynor’s Honor Society member. He was also a member of the McGeorge Law Review where he authored “Quantifying an Uncertain Future: The Demands of the California Environmental Quality Act and the Challenge of Climate Change Analysis” in 2012. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

During his law school years, Mr. Cucchi had the privilege of working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Judge of the Eastern District of California and as a law clerk for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Land Use Division.

Mr. Cucchi lives in Yuba City with his wife and daughter.

Mr. Cucchi is admitted to practice law before the state courts of California and is a member of the State Bar of California.

For questions relating to this article or any other California land use, real estate, environmental and/or planning issues contact Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. at (916) 456-9595.