Derek. A. Westen
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TELEPHONE: 805-963-7130


Derek Westen was born and raised in Santa Barbara, attending Santa Barbara Junior and High Schools.
Mr. Westen received his B.A. degree from Pomona College in 1967, where he graduated with honors. He was graduated from the University of California Law School at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1970 with a J.D. degree. He was awarded the Order of the Coif, graduated with top honors, and was ranked fourth in his class. He served as Note and comment Editor of the California Law Review (1969), and as Chief Articles Editor (1970).

After earning his law degree, he served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1970-71), and then returned to California to work with California Rural Legal Assistance, a non-profit organization devoted to providing assistance to the rural farmworker population of California. During this period he performed extensive litigation in both state and federal courts. In 1974 Mr. Westen returned to Santa Barbara to join the firm of Schramm & Raddue, of which he was an Associate, Partner and then Senior Partner for nineteen (19) years. Since the fall of 1993 Mr. Westen has continued an independent practice.

Throughout his private practice, Mr. Westen has specialized in general business law, real estate, land use, administrative, and water law, including significant administrative litigation and arbitration and mediation proceedings. His most extensive experience over recent years has been in land use and administrative law, and has included representation of a great variety of individual and large corporate land use clients.
He specializes in land use law and development, and general real estate and business. He has over 35 years of experience in representing clients in Santa Barbara County in land use development matters, real estate, and general business matters. His client projects have included some of the largest and most significant land use matters in Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Westen has been active in civic affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Ensemble Theater Company of Santa Barbara and as Chair of the “Ensemble at the New Vic” capital campaign; as a Trustee of Pomona College; and as a member of the Directors Council and Chair of the Friends of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. He was a former member of the Board and then President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County; President and former Chair of the Concluding Phase of Building Healthy Communities campaign of Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara/Ventura/San Luis Obispo Counties; President and former Chair of Development of the Board of The Foundation for Girsh Park; and President of the Housing Foundation for Santa Barbara.

Mr. Westen is a devoted tennis player, a cyclist, and a private pilot with over 35 years flying experience. He also enjoys reading, science, history, backpacking, skiing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

Mr. Westen is married to Elizabeth (“Beth”) Westen, whom he met during their freshman year at Pomona College. Beth is an artist. They have three children, David, and twins Peter and Karen (“Kaz”). David is founder and President of Redshift Digital, Inc., a successful internet consulting company now based in San Francisco; he is married to Aynur Girgin. David and Aynur have homes both in San Francisco and Istanbul, Turkey. Peter lives in Mountain View, California. He is a software engineering manager at Apple Inc., where he oversees development of the iChat, FaceTime, and Photo Booth applications for the Mac. Kaz lives in San Francisco and is a project manager for Business Researchers, an analytics consulting firm.

December 2010