Thomas Galvin is a partner at Rose Law Group and his legal career has been spent fighting for and on behalf of homeowners, property owners, farmers, and small business owners. His legal practice focuses on land use, real estate, and water law. Thomas has represented families, homeowners, and small businesses who have been affected by government regulations, burdensome bureaucracy, and onerous property taxes.
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 Republican 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, most notably energy (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 spend time with his family, 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.
In The News
Thomas Galvin, Rose Law Group partner and Maricopa County Supervisor, talks to CBS about dire water situation in Rio Verde Foothills
By CBS News After years of warning to find another source of water, Scottsdale, Arizona will officially cut off water to Rio Verde on January 1. The move is the latest amidst the west’s growing water crisis. CBS News correspondent Brook Silva-Braga has more.
[OP-ED] Utility regulators, not the county, hold the solution to Rio Verde Foothills’ water woes, says Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin in The Arizona Republic
By Thomas Galvin, opinion contributor | Arizona Republic The Rio Verde Foothills water crisis has attracted national attention, and one that I have worked on every day since I was appointed to office in December 2021. The Rio Verde Foothills is unincorporated, which means that residents don’t automatically get water service from a city or town. Many Rio Verde Foothills
By Sasha Hupka | Arizona Republic Maricopa County Supervisor Tom Galvin of Phoenix was leading by a wide margin Tuesday evening in a hotly contested race defined by the results of the 2020 election. His District 2 seat representing much of the East Valley was the only one on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs in Tuesday’s election, but