Areas of Practice
Addison Covert rejoins Parker & Covert, LLP where he began his legal career. As a partner in the firm’s Northern California office, Mr. Covert represents public and private sector clients in public finance, business, education, and construction law. He has earned a reputation for assisting clients in the mediation or other resolution of complex disputes. A majority of his clients are school districts; however, Mr. Covert also represents community college districts, other public agencies, along with a select number of private sector clients.
Both through his experience as managing shareholder at his previous law firm and his comprehensive transactional practice work, he has gained exposure and developed skills for dealing with a broad range of institutional management and financial issues. His experience in several practice areas allows him to provide general counsel to his clients on a wide variety of legal matters impacting daily operations and decision-making.
Mr. Covert is especially well versed in the dynamics of school finance and alternative funding mechanisms. On behalf of school districts, he provides counsel on complex matters including:
• Mitigation methods to address the impacts of growth
• Financing for construction of school and administrative facilities, special programs and improvement projects
• Establishment of tax programs
• Implementation of various fundraising mechanisms, including local bond elections, non-tax supported financing, and sale of surplus property
• State versus local responsibility for school finance, and possible sharing arrangements
• Guidance regarding the impact of changing California legislation on school finance and state funding levels
On occasion, Mr. Covert appears at administrative hearings on behalf of his clients and makes formal presentations before public governing boards on contract issues, programs, transactional matters and litigation issues.
In the business law area, Mr. Covert performs work on behalf of his public and private clients in matters relating to real property transactions. In this capacity, he advises his clients on aspects of real estate, land use law and taxation matters. On a more select basis, he also provides consulting services to his clients regard¬ing organizational structure and other business formation considerations.
Mr. Covert has also prosecuted and defended litigation before state and federal courts, including civil rights litigation for community colleges.
Mr. Covert’s work for his public and private sector clients revolves around his comprehensive experience and knowledge of public finance, real property and development issues. He serves as both general and bond counsel to school districts, college districts, cities, counties and other entities. In his capacity as counsel, he advises his clients on the following:
• Negotiation and finance of construction projects
• Purchase and sale of real property
• Issuance of bonds and other forms of tax exempt debt
• Net zero energy, solar and water projects for public buildings
• Methods that mitigate the impacts of growth in the community
• Property lease financing
• Development of ordinances requiring the payment of supplemental developer fees
• Other forms of mitigation to finance interim and permanent facilities
Some of the clients Mr. Covert has represented are:
• Tracy Area Public Facilities Finance Agency
• The City University of Seattle
• The Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre of California
• Santa Barbara School District
• San Ramon Valley Unified School District
• Stockton Unified School District
• Davis Joint Unified School District
• Vallejo City Unified School District
• Sierra Community College District
• Mr. Covert was involved in developing innovative financing strategies for a school district to help mitigate significant teacher retention problems. Due to the high cost of living in the Bay Area, the district was experiencing an outflow of quality teachers who were having difficulty finding affordable housing. Through innovative financing arrangements, the district has been able to assist teachers in qualifying and paying for new home mortgages and has funded the construction of a large apartment complex that will be rented to new teachers.
• Mr. Covert has represented school districts in negotiation of joint powers agreements, interim and permanent developer fee agreements, and the sale of excess real and personal property. Mr. Covert was also involved in the establishment of one of the first Mello-Roos community facility districts in the state.
• Western/California, Ltd. v. Dry Creek Joint Elementary School Dist. (1996) 50 Cal.App.4th 1461
• El Camino Community College Dist. v. Superior Court (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 606
Professional Activities & Affiliations
Mr. Covert frequently presents workshops on a variety of subject matters including:
• Public finance
• Property acquisition
• Construction issues
• The Brown Act (open meeting laws)
• The California Environmental Quality Act
His audience has included the University of California Extension Program, California School Boards Association, California Community College Districts, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, California Association of School Business Officials, and various public agencies and school districts. Other professional activities and affiliations include:
• Board of Directors, NextEd
• Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
• Member, California Association of School Business Officials
• Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, California State Bar Association
• Member, Legal Advisory Committee, Coalition for Adequate School Housing
• Member, California Counsel of School Attorneys
J.D. Golden Gate University, 1981
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1978