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Rose M. Zoia received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Ohio University where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society. She earned her J.D. with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1987. 

Rose has a particularly specialized knowledge and experience in land use and zoning matters, having handled numerous cases from administrative hearings through the appellate courts. During the course of her career, she has litigated personal injury cases and general civil appeals covering a broad spectrum of law including probate/trust estate and employment law. She also has experience in general real property matters including neighbor disputes, easements and contracts and banking matters.

For many years, Rose served as a Small Claims judge pro tem, on the Superior Court Settlement Conference panel, and as a Sonoma County Superior Court Arbitrator. She has practiced in a dozen superior courts and in the appellate courts throughout the state and has also presented seminars on appeals and land use locally and in Southern California. Ms. Zoia has served on a variety of community non-profit organizations. 

Ms. Zoia is a past president of the Sonoma County Bar Association, past chair of the Sonoma County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee, and past president of the Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court. Rose has received intensive mediation training with Steven Rosenberg Mediation Training.

"Mediation provides a flexible forum for motivated individuals and business owners alike to ‘have their day in court’ without the sometimes overwhelming financial and emotional expense of a trial in court. It allows the parties to fashion their own solutions with the goal of everyone satisfied with the end result.- Rose M. Zoia