Rose M. Zoia


Rose M. Zoia was admitted to the California Bar in 1988. A native of Ohio, Ms. Zoia moved to California after attending law school in Washington, D.C. and was an associate at Senneff, Bernheim, Emery & Kelly. She eventually opened a solo practice until joining Anderson Zeigler in 2019. Rose has extensive experience in land use matters having handled numerous cases throughout the state from administrative hearings through the appellate courts. She has extensive appellate experience and experience in contracts and real property matters including easements.

Ms. Zoia has practiced in a dozen superior courts and in the appellate courts throughout the state and has presented seminars on appeals and land use. She is committed to her community and has served on a variety of community non-profit organizations. Ms. Zoia is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Practice Areas:

  • Land Use
  • Appellate
  • Mediation
  • Real Estate

Bar Admission:

  • California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth District


  • Ohio University (Double major Social Work and Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society, BA summa cum laude, 1983)
  • George Washington University National Law Center (J.D. with honors, 1987)


  • Sonoma County Bar Association (including past president)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Archive Committee (chair)
  • Golden State Land Conservancy (board member)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee (past chair)
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Events Committee (past chair)
  • Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court (past member and president)
  • Santa Rosa Parks Foundation (former board member and president)
  • Girls on the Run (former board member)
  • Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (former member)
  • Sonoma County Domestic Violence Policy Committee (former member)
  • Routes for Youth (former board member and president)
  • United Way of Sonoma-Lake-Mendocino Counties Community Allocations Committee (former member)
  • Sonoma County YWCA (former board member and President)
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Santa Rosa (former class member)
  • Konocti Council Girl Scouts (former board member)
  • Arbitration and Mediation Center (panelist)


  • Counsel of record in 17 published California Court of Appeal cases
  • Article on “Force Majeure” in the NBBJ published May 8, 2020


  • Enjoys fitness including running and coaching running groups, instructing indoor cycling, and the occasional adventure including having sailed from San Francisco to Hawaii. Lives in Santa Rosa with her husband whom she met in college and their two beautiful children.