Justine K. Nielsen
525 B Street, Suite 2200
San Diego, CA 92101
Practice Areas

Admissions: California

Professional Summary

Justine represents private entities and other organizations on a variety of land use, planning and entitlement matters throughout all stages of the real estate development process. Her practice consists of land use due diligence, entitlement management and processing, appearing before public entities in connection with development projects, CEQA regulatory compliance matters including preparation and review of environmental documents, and post-approval implementation of entitlements. She has experience with a variety of product types including multi-family residential, mixed-use, life sciences, commercial/retail, hotel, and institutional uses including schools and hospitals. She has expertise in matters related to the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, Density Bonus, historical resource regulations, other related statutes. She also assists clients in reviewing and drafting land use ordinances, permit findings, and similar land use regulatory documents.

Representative Matters

  • Represented large retail developer in obtaining land use approvals for redevelopment of portion of large regional shopping center in UTC.
  • Represented large multi-family developer in obtaining land use entitlements and CEQA approvals for large mixed-use project in Mission Valley.
  • Represented developer in obtaining land use entitlements and CEQA approvals for controversial shopping center project in San Diego County.
  • Represented social services organization in obtaining land use entitlements for transitional housing facility in City of San Diego.
  • Advised large multi-family joint venture in land use entitlement issues related to large mixed-use project located Downtown.


  • Urban Land Institute San Diego-Tijuana District Council – Governance Chair
  • Downtown San Diego Partnership - Board of Directors
  • San Diego County Taxpayers Association - Board of Directors
  • Navajo Community Planners - Board Member (2017- 2021)
  • City of San Diego - Code Monitoring Team Member (2015-2019)


  • JD, California Western School of Law
  • BA, San Diego State University

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