Our Team

Our people make the difference

When we say we’re a people-first company, we’re not just talking about our dedication to the clients and communities we serve; we’re talking about our own people, too. At Habitat, everyone has a voice. Each employee brings a unique perspective and incredible talent to the team, and we take advantage of that by working across departments – instead of within them – to deliver outstanding results.

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Stephen Galler

Executive Vice President, General Counsel

As executive vice president and general counsel for The Habitat Company, Stephen Galler oversees all legal matters, including all acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development. Stephen also currently serves on Habitat's Board of Managers.

Before joining The Habitat Company in 2007, Stephen served as senior vice president and general counsel at Related Midwest (formerly LR Development Company), where for 11 years he oversaw and managed all of the company's legal matters, including such notable projects as Park Tower, 340 on the Park, Roosevelt Square, Residences on Lake Shore Park, Fort Sheridan and The Mayfair.

Stephen currently serves on the executive committee of the Chicago Central Area Committee and the Legislative Committee of the Chicagoland Apartment Association. In addition, Stephen is the former chair of the Real Property Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and continues to serve on that committee's Condominium Subcommittee. He also formerly served on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Beth Emet Synagogue. Stephen has been a frequent speaker at bar associations, trade associations, law schools and continuing legal education seminars and has authored numerous articles for real estate and law firm publications. He is also a member of ULI, REIA, ABA and ISBA.

Stephen earned his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts, with cum laude distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania.