Laurel A. David, J.D., Esq.

Ms. David is experienced in zoning, planning and land use, annexation and local government law.  Her specialty is land development and zoning regulations, and the development review and approval processes.  She has also been selected by local government officials, civil associations and business organizations to participate in the drafting of ordinances, statutes and local legislation as it affects land use and green building.

Ms. David served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Norman S. Fletcher of the Georgia Supreme Court and to the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia during law school. Her publications include legislation reviews for The Georgia State University Law Review and an article on Atlanta's Clean Water Act compliance problems for The Urban Lawyer published by American Bar Association. Ms. David is experienced in public policy and legislative matters, having worked for a public policy research institute in Washington, D.C. and as an assistant to a Member of the British Parliament in London, England.

She was a member of the drafting team for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Building Toolkit, to advise local government how to create incentives for and the adoption of green building codes and building standards.  She served on the Atlanta Focus Group to the National Regulatory Barriers Database Initiative for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in 2007.  The Initiative was designed to identify barriers to affordable and workforce housing codified in local government regulations.

She currently serves on the Earth Craft Communities Council for Southface Energy Institute and the DeKalb County Advisory Committee for the Council for Quality Growth, both of which encourage and recognize developments that follow smart growth principles and contribute to economic vitality while protecting the environment.  She also serves the District 1 Commissioner’s appointee on DeKalb County’s Zoning Code Update Task Force.  The purpose of the Task Force is to advise DeKalb County Planning and Development personnel as they incorporate transit oriented design and smart growth concepts and standards into its new zoning code and revise their rezoning and  Development review and approval processes.

Laurel holds her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, her M.A. from the University of London, London, England and her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Laurel A. David,  J.D., Esq.  Associate Dillard & Galloway, LLC

Laurel A. David, J.D., Esq.

Associate Dillard & Galloway, LLC

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Civic Engagement
Housing & Community Design
Real Estate
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