Morgan is a transactional and litigation attorney who focuses on real estate matters involving land use, zoning, entitlements, and environmental permitting for complex and controversial projects.
Morgan has extensive experience in the California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, and Coastal Act. She advises clients on all aspects of development projects, from due diligence to project approval, and regularly appears before Planning Commissions, City Councils, and other agencies on behalf of her clients. Gallagher represents clients throughout the State on a wide range of real estate projects, including residential, office, corporate R&D campuses, renewable energy, industrial, commercial, and mixed-use.
Achieved successful entitlement of a highly controversial 100-acre residential project in Orange County.
Performed land use approval and permitting for a $500 million hospital improvement project.
Successful entitlement of renewable energy projects throughout California.
Defended CEQA writ litigation challenging City's Mitigated Negative Declaration, resulting in judgment in favor of client.
Entitled millions of square feet of logistics centers throughout Southern California.
Performed land acquisition due diligence for large multi-family project in San Francisco.
Achieved successful entitlement of a highly controversial 150,000-square-foot retail center in Los Angeles County.
Performed due diligence for successful settlement and environmental permitting for an approximately 300-acre residential project.
Structured and entitled a complex, controversial public-private partnership project in San Diego.
Represented technology company in major expansion of corporate headquarters.
Performed successful entitlement of 300-unit residential project in Orange County.
Achieved land use approval of large-scale retail center in Riverside County.
Achieved favorable settlement of complex litigation for wastewater agency.
- Press Release, Best Lawyers, 8.17.23
- Press Release, Super Lawyers, 1.10.23
- 2023 California Legislation Update: A Continued Focus on Land Use Laws to Promote Housing ProductionClient Alert, 12.4.23
- Client Alert, 12.1.23
- Client Alert, 10.19.23
Awards & Affiliations
Honors & Recognitions
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Real Estate, 2021-2024
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020-2022
Board of Directors, Tustin Community Foundation
Board of Directors, Orange County Salvation Army
Government Affairs Committee and Women's Conference Committee Member, Building Industry Association Orange County Chapter
Vice Chair Operations, Women's Leadership Initiative, Urban Land Institute of Orange County
CREW Orange County
NAIOP Southern California Chapter
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of California
J.D., California Western School of Law, 2013, magna cum lade
B.S., University of California, Davis, 2008