Meet Daniela

“There’s a way to do it better . . . find it”
– Thomas Edison

As an attorney, I’ve built a reputation as a strong negotiator who fights hard for the best interests of my clients. I understand that tackling any complex issue or disagreement requires nuanced and varying degrees of compassion and tough-love, and the ability to comprehend issues with speed and efficiency. I plan on using my skills and knowledge to help guide our city towards recovery and prosperity.

A History of Problem Solving

Daniela Pavone was born at the US military hospital in Weisbaden, Germany and grew up in the beach communities of Los Angeles.

She left home for college, graduating with a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing, and with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, where she worked in marketing for the Tacoma Rainiers AAA baseball team. Ready for the big-league, she moved back to Southern California.

There, she worked in television production for Warner Bros. TV, and spent the next five years in television development—matching writers with ideas, working to develop those projects into marketable ones to pitch to various networks and then ushering the final product to the small screen. While this gave her a taste of Hollywood and some fantastic stories to share with friends later on, Daniela wanted something else in life; she felt that she wasn’t giving back enough.

In 2004, Daniela moved to Orange County and attended Chapman University School of Law in the City of Orange, graduating in 2007 with an emphasis in environmental, land use, and real estate law. For three years during and after law school, she worked as a law clerk and then associate attorney at the maritime firm of Herrick Nikas LLP, in Newport Beach, Ca. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2007.

In 2008, Daniela was thinking long-term. She wanted to find a place she would be happy to settle in and raise a family. She convinced her longtime boyfriend to pack up all his things and move north with her, closer to her parents, in beautiful Santa Rosa, Ca.

For the next three years, she worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Carter Momsen LLP, in Ukiah, Ca. There, she gained extensive experience in administrative and land use law, helping individuals and businesses throughout Mendocino County and the surrounding areas.

Gaining a great deal of experience in handling contract disputes, landlord/tenant issues, and an array of easement and property line disputes, she opened her own office in downtown Santa Rosa in 2010, specializing in land use and real estate law. As her reputation grew, so did her relationships, and she found a great legal partner to go into business with in 2015, creating Zimmerman Pavone, LLP.

Over the years, she developed strong ties to this community. Her little sister graduated from Montgomery HS, her mother has been involved in real estate for nearly two decades here, and her father is active in local theater. She was a member of and chairwoman for the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and spent years giving public tours at Tara Firma Farms, a sustainable farm in Petaluma. Daniela is also a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and former member of Business Networkers International. She is a fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and a graduate of Leadership Mendocino. More importantly, Santa Rosa is where she got married to her high school love, Robert, and had her two amazing children, Finnian (5) and Isla (3).

The last five years here have been the truest tests to the strength and character of Daniela Pavone. It started off nice, in 2015. She bought her first house, had her first child, and married her first love. Things continued on the up, when her daughter was born in 2017. However, those long, happy climbs always hint at the scariest roller coasters.

Everyone around here remembers October 2017. For Daniela, it is the year her mother lost her home to northern California’s firestorm. Just one year later, in December 2018, Daniela was in a battle for her life after a rare autoimmune disease destroyed her kidneys and wreaked havoc throughout her body.

In early February 2019, her condition worsened. After a massive seizure, she was put in a medically induced coma for nearly a week. The doctors and medical staff worked around the clock to stabilize her. Daniela’s family and doctors fought hard for her, but no one fought as hard as she did. When she left the hospital three weeks later, she could barely lift her arm to feed herself. She spent months in physical therapy, got herself back into hiking-shape, and got back working. There were a lot of people she believed needed her, and she wanted to be there for them.

Just when things look like they are going to get back to a new normal, we are all hit with a pandemic and economic crisis of epic proportions. Putting aside the fact that she has two little ones to take care of, a business to run, her health to contend with, and a global disaster threatening it all, she wanted to give more, because there was never a time in her life where others were in as desperate times, and she could not think of a better time for individuals to come together and give strength to one another.

Since her high school days in Model U.N., Daniela has considered using her skills of diplomacy in the political ring. In her opinion, it is one of the most effective ways to make positive change in this world.

Daniela Pavone is ready to stand with you and for you, the people, rebuilding together for a better tomorrow.

  • Worked in project development for Warner Brothers Studios
  • Graduated Chapman University School of Law with an emphasis in Environmantal, Land Use and Estate Law
  • Helped Northern Californians with real estate law after the crash of 2008
  • Served as Chairwoman for the Sonoma County Commision on the Status of Women
  • Serves as a fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy
Daniela Pavone with the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Daniela Pavone Family Photo in the Park

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