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Adam U. Lindgren

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Adam Lindgren is the Principal in Charge of Meyers Nave’s Sacramento office. He serves as the City Attorney for the cities of Modesto and Rancho Cordova. He also serves as Special Counsel to cities and special districts statewide and represents private parties on complex land use matters. Adam has extensive experience in all aspects of municipal law, with particular qualifications in complex land use and development projects.

His recent projects include advising on complex utility rate issues for the City of Modesto, advising the City of Monterey on subdivision and vested rights issues for a major Cannery Row development, preparing a development impact fee for the City of Ventura, processing thousands of acres of land use approvals for subdivisions for the City of Rancho Cordova, and preparing CEQA documents for the San Bernardino County Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Adam is experienced in processing comprehensive general plan updates and annexations, preparing CEQA documents for mixed-use developments and complex subdivision map approvals, negotiating development agreements for large-scale planned unit projects, and advising on development impact fees.

Adam’s expertise in public agency law is recognized by The Best Lawyers In America©, which selected Adam to its Municipal Law category, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, which invited Adam to participate in the IMLA Top 100 small group meetings of the City Attorneys of the largest U.S. cities. Adam also is the co-author and co-managing editor of a leading comprehensive publication on land use law, California Land Use Practice, published and updated annually since 2006 by Continuing Education of the Bar.

He has written and lectured extensively on a wide array of land use and municipal law topics, including the Subdivision Map Act, development agreements, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, due process, Proposition 218, takings and exactions, zoning, district formation, the Coastal Act, geologic hazard abatement districts, and ethics. He speaks frequently statewide for groups including the League of California Cities, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions, California Special Districts Association and Lorman Education Services, among others.

Adam began his legal career in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant to a member of the United States House of Representatives. On Capitol Hill, Adam focused on land use, environmental and local government issues.


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