Derek Galey specializes in helping clients obtain necessary approvals to develop properties. His practice encompasses land use, environmental, municipal, administrative, and real estate law, and he has extensive experience with the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Coastal Act, the California Subdivision Map Act, and local planning and zoning regulations. Derek has entitled major development projects in jurisdictions throughout California and consistently provides his clients with valuable insight into the land use regulatory landscape.
Prior to joining Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP, Derek was an associate in the Environment, Land, and Resources Department at Latham & Watkins LLP. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude, his Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating with distinction, and his B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from Pomona College, where he was awarded the Politeia Prize for his senior thesis addressing the Los Angeles River. He also won the 2014 Edward J. Soja Prize for an article he contributed to the UCLA Critical Planning Journal.
Prior to law school, Derek was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study sustainable development in Reykjavik, Iceland. He began his legal career as a fellow at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and as Land Use Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. Derek currently serves as Chair of the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Management Committee, and he offers pro bono legal assistance to community-based organizations serving low-income populations in Los Angeles.