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Practice Areas

  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Municipal Lobbying

Andrea Contreras Rosati is a San Diego attorney specializing in land use and real estate law. For more than 25 years, Ms. Rosati has worked with real estate developers, property owners, and municipalities on entitlement work, property acquisition, redevelopment, commercial leasing and loan transactions. She is also an expert in  the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Before joining Vanst, Ms. Rosati served as Vice President and In-House Counsel for Sunroad Enterprises where she advised and counseled executive team members on real estate and land use matters. She assisted in obtaining project entitlements from local agencies in addition to acquiring and disposing property. Ms. Rosati also reviewed and prepared company-related contracts, leases, loan documents, non-disclosure agreements, and exclusive negotiating agreements.

Before her tenure at Sunroad Enterprises, Ms. Rosati served as Deputy City Attorney in land use for the City of San Diego for seven years. In that position, she advised the San Diego Planning Commission, the San Diego Development Services Department and represented the City in CEQA and other land use litigation. Ms. Rosati draws upon her unique experience working for the City of San Diego to provide comprehensive legal services to her clients. She has extensive background working with municipal, county and federal agencies, as well as the Port of San Diego. This behind-the-scenes knowledge provides Ms. Rosati with a unique depth and breadth of experience, distinguishing her from other land use attorneys.

Practicing land use and real estate law allows Ms. Rosati to see land’s physical evolution from the past to the present and into the future. She enjoys seeing new projects improve existing sites, whether the site is vacant land or refurbishment of an existing development.

Ms. Rosati earned a law degree from American University Washington College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Stanford University.

Representative Matters

  • Entitlement of 250 acres of vacant land with 3,100 residential units, 90,000 square feet retail and 750,000 square feet employment.
  • Entitlement of 442 apartments, including a change of use from commercial to residential.
  • Negotiation of ground lease with municipality for the use of vacant land.
  • Negotiation for mitigation of non-native grassland outside of city’s jurisdiction.
  • Negotiation and closing of asset purchase agreement, assignment and ground lease.
  • Negotiation of Owner Participation Agreement with municipality.
  • Conduct acquisitions and dispositions of real property.
  • Preparation of commercial leases.
  • Advise client on conversion of single room occupancy units to market rate units.
  • Negotiate restrictive covenant requiring on-site affordable housing.
  • Advise client pursuing entitlements for hotel.
  • Represent clients in stormwater violation proceedings.


Association of Corporate Counsel
California Association of Environmental Professionals
Subcommittee for Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update
San Diego Policy Forum