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Legal expertise you can rely on

We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.

Our Practice

Our Approach

We operate virtually: no long commutes to an office, no face time, no office politics. We lower our carbon footprint and increase our impact. Our attorneys love what they do and are successful doing it. All of our attorneys are partners with years of experience and clients they are dedicated to serving. Vanst’s virtual platform provides the means to service our clients more efficiently, at less cost, and with more flexibility. Our modern, virtual approach drastically cuts down the overhead costs normally spent on office space, paper files, cavernous lobbies and administration: cost savings that can be passed on to the client through lower billable rates.

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Business & Corporate

From business formation matters to business advisory services, Vanst has the experience and knowledge to help your business get through the most difficult legal situations.


Vanst’s attorneys thoroughly assess the best litigation strategy for each client’s situation and implement the strategy with understanding and compassion.


Navigating business tax law is time consuming and can be extremely confusing. Vanst can make your tax matters as simple as possible with our experienced

Attorney Fee Audits

At Vanst Law, we can assist with appropriate billing practices and fee auditing for attorneys’ fee awards.

Outside General Counsel​

Vanst Law knows the importance of involving an attorney at the front end of business transactions and compliance issues to avoid the high cost of​ litigation.


Vanst can help avoid complicated environmental compliance issues avoiding the high cost of litigation or regulatory fines

Our Team

Elidia C. Dostal
(619) 254-8939
3170 Fourth Avenue, Suite 250
San Diego CA 92103

Elidia C. Dostal provides outside general counsel services and is an environmental and employment law attorney. She serves business clients who understand the importance of involving an attorney at the front end of business transactions and compliance issues to avoid the high cost of litigation or regulatory fines. Elidia brings an expert understanding of the importance of thinking ahead to avoid potential future liabilities. She serves clients, large and small, who need a trusted counselor, but do not need full-time in-house counsel.

Before joining Vanst Law as a partner, Elidia successfully ran her solo firm for eight years, advising clients on compliance with Federal and California law, including environmental compliance, employment law, and real estate matters.

Elidia is a Yale Law School graduate who developed her expertise in environmental and general business matters at Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier big law firms, and served as Associate General Counsel Secondment for the San Diego Padres. Her prior career as an accountant and tax auditor provides a valuable perspective that informs her legal analysis.

Prior to law school, Elidia served as a tax auditor for the Franchise Tax Board. Her business degree and tax experience give Elidia a distinct perspective of the business and legal aspects of her clients’ transactions and policies. She is motivated by the desire to provide the highest level of service, integrity, and value to her clients. Her aim is to help clients achieve their business goals with an eye toward avoiding future liabilities.

Allison D.H. Soares
San Diego (619) 618-6648
Irvine (949) 449-1446

Attоrnеу Allison Soares hаѕ rерrеѕеntеd hundreds оf сlіеntѕ bеfоrе thе Internal Rеvеnuе Sеrvісеѕ (IRS), Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Emрlоуmеnt Dеvеlорmеnt Dераrtmеnt (EDD), and California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). Mѕ. Soares bесаmе a lawyer because she lоvеs hеlріng реорlе. She enjoys fixing problems and handling іѕѕuеѕ, including аudіtѕ, соllесtіоnѕ, арреаlѕ, іntеrnаtіоnаl disclosures, and grumpy реорlе. Oftеn tіmеs, сlіеnts еіthеr trіеd ѕоlvіng thе іѕѕuе thеmѕеlvеѕ оr іgnоrеd іt completely. Shе assists clients with сrіtісаl іѕѕuеѕ, аnd seeks to undеrѕtаnd the issues and gеt to a quісk rеѕоlutіоn. Nо оnе lіkеѕ tаx lаw. Nо оnе. Professionals ѕuсh аѕ Mѕ. Soares gеt things dоnе properly аnd еnѕurеѕ tіmе аnd mоnеу іѕ ѕаvе. She has the unique аbіlіtу to take соntrоl оf оvеrwhеlmіng еxреrіеnсеs wіth ease.

Jacqueline S. Vinaccia
(858) 243-4299
3170 Fourth Avenue, Suite 250
San Diego CA 92103

Jacqueline S. Vinaccia is a litigation and trial lawyer. Litigation is stressful and expensive. Ms. Vinaccia’s tenacity, coupled with her compassion for clients, prompts an honest assessment of litigation strategy, value, and cost to ensure her clients’ receive a smooth trial experience. She assists clients with their litigation needs before judges, juries, mediation, trial and appellate court.. Ms. Vinaccia has also developed a niche practice as an Attorney Fee Auditor, saving and recovering millions for her clients at every level of litigation. For more than two decades, she has assisted scores of business clients, municipalities, and insurance companies in resolving attorney fee disputes, and acted as an attorney fee analysis expert in several states throughout the United States. She has testified in state and federal courts to assist judges and juries in determining appropriate attorneys’ fee awards. She writes and presents on the topics of appropriate billing practices and fee auditing in local and national publications and before organizations across the country. She also serves as a fee arbitrator on the Fee Arbitration Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association. Before joining Vanst, Ms. Vinaccia had the pleasure of partnering with some of the best municipal and land use attorneys in California at Lounsbery Ferguson Altona & Peak LLP, and with the national law firm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP where she gained extensive trial experience before judges and juries, as well as arguing before the court of appeals. Ms. Vinaccia began her legal career with the Orange County and San Diego firm of DiCaro, Highman, D’Antony, Dillard, Fuller & Gregor, where she was elevated to trial counsel within the first year of her practice. Ms. Vinaccia earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1987. In 1990, she received her Juris Doctor degree from University of the San Diego, School of Law, with honors in Trial Advocacy.