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Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. is pleased to announce that Patrick L. Enright has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Patrick Enright has 25 years of experience in land use, environmental and real estate law. Mr. Enright served as City Attorney for the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Atascadero and has represented private developers in Tehachapi, Paso Robles and in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

He has extensive experience advising on general plans, zoning, specific plans, use permits, eminent domain, redevelopment agencies, inverse condemnation, and environmental mitigation strategies.  Patrick has litigated actions involving the California Environmental Quality Act, the Subdivision Map Act, general plans, code enforcement and inverse condemnation. Mr. Enright successfully defended a challenge to the City of South Lake Tahoe’s General Plan from the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Patrick was also a shareholder for Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard in Sacramento practicing land use and environmental law.  His significant expertise also includes representation of clients involved with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on complex land use and environmental matters. At Kronick Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard, Mr. Enright’s representation of municipalities included all aspects of municipal law, including advising planning commissions and city councils, on open meetings laws (Brown Act), voting, Public Records Act, conflicts, employment, civil rights issues, public works contracts and Federal and State Endangered Species Acts, CEQA, NEPA and the Clean Water Act.

Mr. Enright is an active member of the Sacramento County Bar Real Estate Law Section serving as Secretary/Treasurer and the North State Building Industry Association.  He has previously been a member of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast serving on the Government Affairs Committee, and the Chamber of Commerce in San Luis Obispo and South Lake Tahoe, Lions Club and Rotary Club. He has published updates on legislation, case law and regulations in the areas of municipal law, planning, real property, and environmental law. Patrick has taught seminars on the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Zoning and Conflicts.

Mr. Enright attended Penn State University and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Patrick is admitted to practice before the California state courts, as well as the U.S. Eastern District and Northern District of California.  At Abbott & Kindermann Patrick will continue to serve as counsel to both municipalities and private landowner interests on complex land use, environmental and real estate law matters, to help shape solutions for clients based on his decades of experience.

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2022 4th Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog.

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