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Daniel J. Galvin III

Daniel J. Galvin III 

                       Daniel J. Galvin III
                       Managing Partner

                       Santa Rosa, California

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Dan Galvin has been practicing law in Santa Rosa since 1979, first as an associate with Everett Shapiro, and then as a partner from 1982 to the present. He has been the managing partner for Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro & Moran since 1987. Dan's practice emphasizes general business law, particularly in the areas of construction, real estate and business formation. His practice includes representation of many small to medium size companies in the Sonoma County area. Estate planning is  also an area of emphasis.

Attorney Galvin comments, "As the economy has turned around, the construction industry has rebounded. We are seeing more and more contracts in need of review. We will likely see more collection actions, mechanic liens, stop notices and bond claims in the future. Construction contracts are ever changing, particularly in the sections involving indemnification and limitation on liability. More and more owners and general contractors are inserting provisions in their contracts to maximize their protection and minimize their liability exposure. With these changes, we can also expect to see more bond related claims, and more complaints filed with the Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB).

The improved economy also has provided incentive for people to complete or update their estate planning documents. Increases in estate values and more discretionary income are driving this trend. We are seeing more clients setting up trusts and using life insurance in their business succession planning. Our firm’s practice includes estate planning services such as trusts, wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, and trust transfer deeds. We also do trust administration. 

More About Daniel Galvin

Dan prides himself on being a preventative lawyer. He works with his clients in anticipation of potential problems to avoid unnecessary legal expense and litigation. This is largely accomplished through comprehensive preparation and review of contract documents, establishment of internal office policies and compliance with regulatory and legal requirements. His clients trust his judgment and often seek early advice that heads off problems before they escalate into litigation.

Since 2000, Dan has also served as the Diocesan Attorney for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Santa Rosa coordinating both routine organizational work as well as litigation involving clergy abuse. Dan is a member of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association.

Dan is a native of Santa Rosa, having attended and graduated from St. Eugene's Elementary School, Cardinal Newman High School (1972) and Santa Rosa Junior College (AA-1974). Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco in 1976 (BA) and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1979 (JD).

Dan remains active on the board of the North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE) serving as chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee. That committee is charged with reviewing pending legislation affecting construction and making recommendations to the full board on positions to be taken on proposed bills. He is a past board member and Board President at Cardinal Newman High School, a graduate of the Leadership Santa Rosa Program, prior Chairman of the City of Santa Rosa's Community Advisory Board and current Board Chair of the City of Santa Rosa's Board of Public Utilities. He also is a member of the Advisory Board for the Junior League of Napa/Sonoma and a director of the Catholic Community Foundation.

Dan has been active in a multitude of community related events and committees. He has lectured extensively on contractor related topics for the North Coast Builders Exchange. 

Dan resides in Santa Rosa. He has three adult children, Janae, Brianne and Mark, and three grandchildren, Taylor, Austin and Hailey.  Dan enjoys  golf, tennis, softball, hiking and swimming.  High 

Year Joined Organization: 1979

Areas of Practice:

Construction Law
Real Estate Law
Corporation Law
Business Law
Business Law
Estate Planning
Construction Litigation
Religious Organizations Law

Litigation Percentage:
10% of Practice Devoted to Litigations

Bar Admissions:

California, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1979
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1993
U.S. Federal Courts, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993


University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1979, J.D.
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1976, B.A.
Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, California, 1974, A.A.
Representative Clients:
Jeff Luchetti Construction, Inc.
North Coast Builders Exchange
Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa
Western Water Constructors, Inc.


Exchange Bank
Classes/Seminars Taught
North Coast Builders Exchange
o Construction Contracts
o Small Claims Court
o Mechanic Lien Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Diocesan Attorneys Association, 2000 - Present, Member, Active
20-30 Club #50, 1979 - 1994, Member, Active
20-30 Club #50, 1987, President
Cardinal Newman High School, 1988 - 2001, Member, Board of Regents
Cardinal Newman High School, 1996 - 1998, Board Chairman, Board of Regents
Sonoma County Council on Aging, 1985 - 1986, Member, Board of Directors
Sonoma County Municipal and Superior Courts, 1985 - 2017, Panel of Arbitrators and Judge Pro Tem
Sonoma County Independence Day Celebration, Inc., 1985 - 1987, Member, Board of Directors, Secretary
Northern Coast Officials Association, 1979 - Present, Member
National Association of Sports Officials, 1987 - 2021, Member
U.S. Soccer Federation, 1995 - 2004, Licensed Referee
Sonoma County Soccer Referee Association, 1996 - 2004, Member
Junior League of Napa-Sonoma, 1997 - Present, Member, Community Advisory Board
Sonoma County Bar Association, Member
State Bar of California, Member
City of Santa Rosa Community Advisory Board, 2004 - 2005, Member and Chairman
City of Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, 2005- present, and current Board Chair
High School and College Basketball Referee, 1979 - 2021
1987 Graduate of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Santa Rosa Program
North Coast Builders Exchange Board of Directors, 1995 - Present

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