Thomas Galvin


Thomas Galvin is a member of the Land Use, Government Affairs, and Renewable Energy practice groups at Rose Law Group. His legal practice focuses on real estate entitlements, zoning issues, land use planning, government relations, administrative law, and water law. Thomas advises and represents clients in all matters related to land use and development law. He also represents clients in all aspects of government affairs at the local, state, and federal levels. Thomas also counsels clients on matters involving renewable energy and water policy.

At Rose Law Group, Thomas has advised a professional sports team on the successful public approval of an extended lease for a multi-purpose sports arena; represented developers and business owners in successful applications to zoning boards and city councils throughout the Valley; secured variances and use permits for residential and commercial projects throughout Arizona; represented clients before the Arizona State House, State Senate and various administrative agencies and boards; drafted legislation which was signed into law; coordinated and mobilized a successful grassroots effort of thousands of residents of a city to prevent the approval and development of a proposed use that was incompatible for the area; has been interviewed on various local televisions news programs and has had op-eds published in local newspapers.

Previously, Thomas was the Policy Advisor to Commissioner Brenda Burns at the Arizona Corporation Commission. The Commission regulates public utilities, securities registration and licensing, incorporation of businesses, railroad/pipeline safety and oversees the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee. Serving in a chief-of-staff role, for one of five statewide elected officials at the Commission, Thomas worked on a variety of matters subject to regulation, most notably energy and utilities (renewable energy, natural gas, nuclear, coal, sustainability, water issues, and energy efficiency).

Prior to state service, Thomas was at CB Richard Ellis, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company. At CBRE, Thomas was a member of the Labor Analytics Group (LAG) which is a consulting team with a national scope and has many clients in the Fortune 100. At LAG, Thomas helped clients with labor market intelligence and economic development incentives in addition to their commercial real estate needs.

Before that, Thomas was involved in real estate development. He has worked on the construction management of a Class-A commercial facility and was involved in evaluating potential acquisitions, including underwriting cash flows and assessing risks and opportunities.

In his free time, he likes to play tennis and soccer and loves exploring the beautiful state of Arizona.

Thomas received his A.B. in History from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.


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