William W. Abbott


Mr. William Abbott is Of Counsel to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. He has been in private practice since 1983. During his over 35 years of experience, he has represented private developers, public agencies, and property owners on land use matters throughout California. As special counsel on numerous land use matters, his experience includes lead counsel for major development projects, trial and appellate advocacy, and counseling pertaining to initiatives and referenda involving land use approvals. Locally, Mr. Abbott has advised developers and property owners on development issues in Auburn, Chico, Davis, Dixon, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Loomis, Nevada City, Oroville, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, West Sacramento, Truckee, Woodland, and in the counties of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo. Mr. Abbott has similar experience in representing public agencies in land use matters including the cities of Calexico, Colfax, Dixon, Galt, Grass Valley,
Folsom, Los Banos, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Rio Dell, Riverbank, Truckee, Watsonville, and Winters, and the counties of Butte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, San Bernardino, Tehama, Yuba, several Local Agency Formation Commissions and Councils of Governments, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

Mr. Abbott has represented clients in mediation, and has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and as an expert witness involving California land use law.

Mr. Abbott individually, and his firm, holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America® in 2009-2020 and as a leading practitioner by Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine (Northern California Superlawyer) for the years 2004-2020 in the fields of land use and zoning. He has been listed within the top 25 attorneys in the Sacramento area by Superlawyers for 2016 and 2017.

As part of his law practice, Mr. Abbott has written articles and columns and has lectured extensively on land use matters. Since 1981, he has been an instructor for the University of California Extension’s Land Use and Environmental Planning program teaching classes in planning, zoning, CEQA, Permit Streamlining Act, vested rights, initiatives, development agreements and land use litigation. Recent professional lectures involving Mr. Abbott include Sacramento County Real Property Section (2014), UCLA Annual Land Use Update (2013-2015), County Planning Directors Annual Conference (2000-2020), APA CEQA Reform Panel (2013), and AEP Advance CEQA Training Program (2013). He has also participated in numerous training programs for developers, property owners, engineers and planners, along with local planning departments, commissions, the County Supervisors Association of California, League
of California Cities, RCRC and the County Planning Directors’ Association. He served as
an editorial consultant to CEB for the Action Guide entitled Handling an Administrative Mandamus Action, published in 1993. In addition, he co-authored the chapter (main volume) on the Subdivision Map Act in Longtin’s California Land Use, and is editor and a co-author of Exactions and Impact Fees in California, a comprehensive overview on development exactions published by Solano Press Books in 1993, and updated in 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2007. The third edition was published in May 2012.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Abbott was Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, responsible for the Local Government Unit.


  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., University of California at Davis, 1974

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Diane G. Kindermann Henderson

KindermannDiane G. Kindermann Henderson is a shareholder in Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. Ms. Kindermann represents numerous private and public agency clients, development, agricultural, industrial, mining and other landowner interests in matters concerning environmental, land use, planning and zoning laws, CEQA, Federal and State Endangered Species Acts, wetlands, water rights and water quality, mineral rights, timber and forestry resources, NEPA and hazardous waste matters, including CERCLA.

Ms. Kindermann is an Executive Committee Chairperson on the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority, Friends of Light Rail Board. She is also on the Council of Counsel and Environment Committee for the Construction Materials Association of California. Ms. Kindermann is a member of the American Planning Association and has also served on the Legal Affairs Committee, and the Wetlands/ Endangered Species Task Force for the Association of California Water Agencies.

Practice Areas:

  • Land use and planning law
  • Real estate law
  • Environmental law
  • Municipal law
  • Hazardous waste
  • Mining
  • Endangered species
  • Wetlands protection


  • J.D., University of Northern California, 1988
  • Certificate, Sorbonne Law School, Paris, France, 1985
  • B.A., University of San Diego, 1977


Glen C. Hansen

Glen HansonGlen C. Hansen is Senior Counsel at Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.  Mr. Hansen litigates disputes involving land use, real estate, constitutional takings, local government law and commercial transactions.  Mr. Hansen also advises clients on matters involving real property disputes, business law, environmental law and local government matters. He often speaks at conferences and seminars on these issues.

Mr. Hansen served as the Chairman of the Real Property Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association and the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association, and serves on the Agribusiness Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He also serves as a Dispute Resolution Conference pro-tem judge for the El Dorado County Superior Court.

Practice Areas:

  • Land use and planning law
  • Real estate law
  • Local government law, including land use and planning
  • Constitutional takings
  • Commercial transactions


  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction, 1993
  • B.A., Biola University, summa cum laude, 1986


Daniel S. Cucchi

Daniel S. Cucchi is 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 rejoined Abbott and Kindermann, Inc. in 2019.

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.

Practice Areas:

  • Land use and planning law
  • Real estate law
  • Local government law
  • Municipal law


  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction, 2012
  • M.A., San José State University, 2010
  • B.A., California State University, Chico, 2003