Galen A. Ages

Deputy County Counsel

Galen Arkush Ages joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2020.  Galen advises the Board of Supervisors and various County departments and agencies as a member of the Finance and Government Operations Team and the Environment and Land Use Team. 

Prior to joining the Office, Galen was a staff attorney at Legal Aid at Work, where he provided free legal services to clients at numerous Workers’ Rights Clinic sites across California and managed the Clinic’s expansion to underserved communities.  Previously, he served as a law clerk to Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  Prior to law school, Galen worked for a public interest law firm, as well as a nonprofit organization focused on international affairs and philanthropy.

Galen’s professional expertise includes: 

  • Advice and counsel
  • Employment law


  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2016

    • Public Interest & Social Justice Certificate
    • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law
    • Co-Director, Workers’ Rights Clinic & Wage Claim Clinic
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, M.A., 2009
    • Honorable Distinction for Master’s Thesis
    • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2004
    • Highest Distinction in General Scholarship
    • Departmental Citation Award, Development Studies

Prior Experience

  • Staff Attorney (previously Skadden Fellow) at Legal Aid at Work (2017-2020)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2016-2017)

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