U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firm:

Abbott & Kindermann is pleased to announce that for 2020, U.S. News and World Report has again identified Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. as a nationally and regionally recognized Best Law Firm; a ranking that the firm has held since 2013.

Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. actively represents private and public clients throughout California, with a particular emphasis over the last 12 months in Alameda, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Sutter, Mariposa, and Yolo counties and cities. Representative matters include:

Advisory Services:

  • Due diligence, entitlements, and real estate services for commercial, industrial, orchard, vineyard, renewable energy, and mining properties;
  • Advise, defend, and settle regulatory compliance matters including the Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne, air quality, and local zoning;
  • Create and update land use entitlement strategies by evaluating permissible uses on properties throughout the state;
  • Master lease agreement drafting and negotiations for 5G internet implementation;
  • CEQA compliance for new construction and redevelopment projects;
  • Advise and defend AB 1600 Mitigation Fee Act compliance for public agencies and private clients;
  • Expert witness work in land use disputes;
  • Submit client-tailored public comments to statewide programs nearing implementation; and
  • Advise, review, and defend environmental documents and land use entitlements for renewable energy development.


  • CEQA;
  • General Plans and Zoning;
  • Clean Water Act;
  • Easements, implied and express dedications;
  • Covenants, conditions, and restrictions;
  • Failure to disclose in real estate transactions;
  • Land use entitlements;
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation;
  • Board of Supervisors or City Council land use approvals;
  • AB 1600 Mitigation Fee Act;
  • Land use construction defect; and
  • California tribal consultation.

Courses Taught:

  • Abbott and Kindermann, Inc. – Annual Conference Series;
  • UC Davis – Annual Land Use Law Update;
  • County Counsel Association – Land Use Law Update;
  • California County Planning Directors Association – CEQA/Land Use Update;
  • League of California Cities – Supreme Court Takings Case and Takings Law Update;
  • National Business Institute – Water Rights and Handling Seminar;
  • UC Davis Extension – Subdivision Map Act class;
  • Abbott and Kindermann, Inc. – Takings & Real Estate Update;
  • UC Davis Extension – Vested Rights, Vesting Maps, and Development Agreements class;
  • American Planning Association, California – Panel on public agency responses to COVID-19;
  • National Business Institute – Best Practices for Handling Winery and Vineyard Land Use Issues;
  • Sacramento County Bar Association – Top 10 Takeaways for Winery and Vineyard Land Use Issues;
  • Sacramento County Bar Association – Supreme Court Takings Case and Takings Litigation Update;
  • Precast Concrete Association – Spring and Fall Annual Conference panels;
  • CalCIMA – Spring and Fall Environmental conference panels;
  • Sacramento County Bar Association – Real Property Section Legal Update; and
  • Halfmoon Bay Education, Inc. – Real Estate, Easements, and Takings Update.

During 2020, state residents and businesses have been navigating through unprecedented fires, landslides, economic downturns, and a once-in-a-century pandemic. Through all of these trials and tribulations, Abbott & Kindermann remains committed to putting our clients first and achieving client desired outcomes as our number one priority. We thank U.S. News and World Report for recognizing our firm during the 2020 ebbs and flows. Most importantly, we thank our clients for continuing to place their trust in us as advocates for their land use problems and creators of their land use solutions.

William Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel Cucchi are attorneys at Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.  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.

The information presented in this article should not be construed to be formal legal advice by Abbott & Kindermann, Inc., or the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Because of the changing nature of this area of the law and the importance of individual facts, readers are encouraged to seek independent counsel for advice regarding their individual legal issues.