Derek Galey is an associate in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Areas of Practice

Derek focuses his practice on land use, environmental, and real estate development matters. He helps clients obtain land use entitlements, comply with all manner of planning and environmental laws, and develop properties – from initial conception through final construction. Derek has extensive experience with development projects throughout California, including high-profile residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. He consistently provides clients with valuable insight into California’s evolving land use regulatory landscape.

Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Derek practiced at Latham & Watkins and Armbruster, Goldsmith & Delvac. He also served 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.



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J.D., Harvard Law School, 2014, cum laude

M.U.P., Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2014, distinction

B.A., Pomona College, 2009


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