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Mr. Galuppo has been involved in the real estate industry since 1975 as a principal, builder, real estate broker, mortgage broker, developer, and attorney. From 1989, Mr. Galuppo has been practicing law, emphasizing on transactional, litigation, and compliance matters relating to real estate, finance, construction, development, environmental, land use, and coastal. Mr. Galuppo serves as general counsel for various real estate, development, construction, and mortgage lending companies. He is licensed to practice in all courts of the State of California; including the four Federal District Courts. Previously, Mr. Galuppo was a partner in the real estate law firm of Peterson & Price.

Mr. Galuppo holds the distinction of an “AV” rating with the lawyer rating service of Martindale-Hubbell. The AV© certification mark represents the highest rating level awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. The A.V. Rating is a testament to the fact that the lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Knowledge and skill derived from extensive experience are usually prerequisites for an AV rating. The standard of excellence is determined by the lawyers practicing in that particular area.

Mr. Galuppo served as the Director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego (“USD”).  He has taught Legal Aspects of Real Estate in the School of Business Administration at USD as a professor starting in 1998. In 2004, in the Masters of Science of Real Estate (“MSRE”) he started teaching Real Estate Law, Ethics and Public Policy. Also in the MSRE program, Mr. Galuppo taught Real Estate Transactions and the Land Use Process.

Mr. Galuppo actively speaks, writes and performs research on issues affecting the California real estate community. In that regard, Mr. Galuppo is a member of the honorable Lambda Alpha International Society for the advancement of Land Economics. He was also involved with the San Diego Chapters of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties, the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute, Urban Land Institute, Building Industry Association, the San Diego Association of Realtors, and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree, with an emphasis in finance, from San Diego State University. After several years working as a real estate professional, Mr. Galuppo returned to school, receiving his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1989. While in law school, Mr. Galuppo was part of the staff of Law Review and interned with the Superior Court of California in San Diego, and, also externed with the Fourth District Court of Appeals, Division One.

In the early 1990’s, Mr. Galuppo served on an advisory group to the Housing Commission for the City of Encinitas. During the early 2000’s, he was a Director for CCIM, San Diego Chapter. Mr. Galuppo was a Board Member for the New School of Architecture, as well as a Board Member for the San Diego Community College Real Estate Advisory Committee.

Mr. Galuppo was born and raised in Southern California, and is an avid skiing and surfing enthusiast. He has been married over 30 years to his wife Kathryn; and they have two children, a daughter-in-law, and a new granddaughter.


  • A-V Peer Review Rated “Preeminent”, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board of Advisors, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego
  • Board of Advisors, Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at San Diego State University
  • Director, Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego
  • Professor, Real Estate Law, Ethics and Public Policy at the University of San Diego
  • Listed as a Top San Diego County Attorney, San Diego Magazine
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, North County Bar Association
  • Executive Director, California Institute for a Smart and Resilient Coast
  • Executive Director, Beach Cities Preservation Alliance
  • Member, San Diego Chapters of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties
  • Member, Institute of Real Estate Management
  • Member, Certified Commercial Investment Institute
  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Building Industry Association
  • Chair, Real Estate Section, North County Bar Association
  • Member, North San Diego County Association of Realtors



California Coastal Commission, Managed Retreat & the City of Del Mar – Part 2  The Coast News (December 26, 2019)

California Coastal Commission, Managed Retreat & the City of Del Mar – Part 1  The Coast News (December 19, 2019)

Real Estate Development Process in India  Journal of Real Estate Literature Vol. 21, No. 2 (2013), pp. 271-292

Capital Markets and Sustainable Real Estate: What Are the Perceived Risks and Barriers?  Journal of Sustainable Real Estate Vol. 2, No. 1 (2010), pp. 143-160

A Study into the Important Elements of a Masters Degree in Real Estate  Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education Vol. 7, No. 1 (2004), pp. 25-42

Building a Healthy Community: The Holistic Community Driven Approach to Redevelopment  National Housing Conference Affordable Housing Policy Review June, 2004


Henry, Samantha (2012, October 17). Underwater borrowers further constrain low-inventory housing market. The Daily Transcript

Young, Melinda (2007, December). Q & A Scotsman Guide Residential Edition 

Shrieve, Krystn (2004, Spring). Home Out of Range? Chasing the Home Ownership Dream  USD Magazine 


Sustainable Community Energy Planning in California: New Challenges & Roles for Government Agencies, Utilities & the Development Industry (2010, February 9) Prepared by the National Energy Center for Sustainable Communities


The New Consumerism  North San Diego County Association of Realtors Conservations 2010 Symposium

Developing Attainable Housing: How Do We Do It?  LIED Institute 2005 Real Estate Roundtable

Organized & Hosted Annual Residential Real Estate Conferences for the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego for 12 years (2000 to 2011)


  • California Western School of Law, California
  • San Diego State University, California


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