Avneet Sidhu

Land Use & Real Estate

Avneet Sidhu

O: (619) 363-1471
C: (760) 420-3467


Real Estate | Land Use and Development | Environmental Review

Avneet Sidhu prepares, navigates, and protects private entity and public agency clients through all transactions and projects involving real property. Avneet has over 15 years of experience working collaboratively as part of project teams with subject matter experts (e.g., engineers, biologists, financial analysts, lenders, etc.). Avneet is also practical, solutions-oriented, and strategic in ensuring legal compliance and defensibility and in maintaining confidence with public and community groups and decision-makers.

Prior to joining Grid Legal, Avneet was deputy city attorney for the cities of San Marcos and Lemon Grove, advising on land use and entitlement matters. Avneet continues working with clients on all stages of real property transactions, including negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements, option agreements and leases, title review, easements, shared use agreements and covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs); land use and development, including zoning opinions, entitlement and permit processing, and representation at public hearings; and, environmental review and analysis, including environmental impact reports, MNDs, and exemptions for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

As legal counsel for the planning commissions at both the City of San Marcos and Lemon Grove, Avneet attended and presided over the hearings, advising the Commissions on policy and procedures, conflicts of interest and compliance with the Brown Act.

Avneet is a Lecturer in the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University where she teaches Business Law to aspiring business majors.  

Avneet grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and went to law school and graduate school in British Columbia. Having lived and practiced in San Diego since 2003, she has adapted to the beach lifestyle and still has hope that one day she may learn to surf…

Memberships & Committees
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Elected Chair of the Environmental Law and Land Use Section executive committee
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Appointed Member of the Governance Committee
  • South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, Board of Directors
  • California Lawyers Association, Member, Real Estate, Environmental Law and Public Law Sections
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Association of Environmental Professionals, Member, Awards Committee San Diego Chapter
  • California Association of Environmental Professionals, Judge,
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Articles and Speaking Engagements
  • Lecturer, Business Law, Fowler College of Business, San Diego State University.
  • Reviewer, The California Municipal Law Handbook, Cal CEB, 2019, 2018, 2016.
  • Moderator, Land Use Cases: “Do’s and Don’ts” From the Bench and Bar. Panel with Justice William Dato, Judge Robert Dahlquist and Jeffrey Chine. San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA., September 2019
  • Speaker, 2019 CEQA Update: Guidelines and Court Opinions. City Attorneys Association of San Diego spring conference, Temecula, CA., March 2019.
  • Speaker, Peer-to-Peer Advising: Stories of Infinite Success. National University Sanford Education Center Women in Leadership Conference, San Diego, CA., October 2018.
  • Speaker, Election Law, The Power of the People: Recall of Local Officers. Presentation at the City Attorneys Association of San Diego spring conference, Palm Springs, CA., March 2016.
  • Author, California Supreme Court Limits Scope of CEQA. March 6, 2016, Client Alert.

More about Avneet

The Fowler College of Business Celebrates Mother’s Day 2019
Lawyer’s Club New Member Profile, January 2020

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