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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 has over 25 years of experience in municipal law and complex land use development. Adam has served as the City Attorney for the City of Rancho Cordova since 2006 and serves as Special Counsel to cities and special districts statewide, as well as representing private parties on complex land use matters. He recently served for six years as the City Attorney for the City of Modesto (population 215,000) where he managed a hybrid office of five in-house staff and outside counsel, and a total annual legal services budget in excess of $2 million, before successfully transitioning the City Attorney role to a fellow Meyers Nave Principal who served with Adam as Assistant City Attorney.

His recent private projects include advising a large Northern California ranch on a variety of land use issues including land use permitting, environmental compliance, and wild fire recovery and prevention strategies. Adam also recently assisted a leading national real estate investor in conducting comprehensive land use due diligence on a potential investment in a large proposed data center and IT facility in Silicon Valley.

Adam’s recent public projects include working on the Monterey Peninsula advising the City of Monterey on subdivision and vested rights issues for a major Cannery Row mixed-use development, and working with Sand City to prepare a development agreement for a mixed-use project to redevelop blighted commercial and industrial properties with a hotel, a variety of housing and a significant sand dune preserve. Adam also recently prepared a development agreement for the City of Modesto with a major downtown food processing plant that is one of the city’s largest jobs-producers. He also continues to work on processing land use and development approvals and permits for thousands of acres of subdivisions, mixed-use and commercial projects for the City of Rancho Cordova.

Adam’s land use experience includes preparing comprehensive general plan updates and annexations, processing land use entitlement documents for mixed-use developments and complex subdivision map approvals, negotiating development agreements for large-scale planned unit projects, advising on development impact fees, and managing property related issues and leasing for large-scale agricultural properties.

Adam is the managing co-editor and an update coauthor of numerous chapters in the 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 arrangements, the Brown Act, conflicts of interests, due process, Proposition 218, takings and exactions, zoning, district formation, the Coastal Act, geologic hazard abatement districts, and ethics. He speaks statewide for groups including the League of California Cities, State Bar of California, American Bar Association, California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions, and California Special Districts Association, 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. In his personal time, he is an avid outdoors person, a car buff, and a Masters Rower with Capital Crew. Adam and his wife Dede have been married for over 22 years and are proud parents of two college-aged children.



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