David Goldberg, young and energetic, is working behind the scenes of some of L.A.’s biggest developments. As a land-use lawyer with the downtown firm Latham & Watkins, the 31-year-old Encino resident has helped cut the path for developments at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the recently re-opened Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades and the l.a. live complex near Staples Center. The Central City Association will honor Goldberg and seven others tonight as “movers and shakers” under 35. “He is a rising star in a very important law firm,” said Carol Schatz, president of the association, which promotes growth and development downtown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Also to be recognized Kiyoun Kim of Glendale, vice president of the downtown branch of Israel Discount Bank of New York, and Andres Irlando of Sylmar, vice president of Verizon Communications. Goldberg, a board member with the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, grew up in Van Nuys and attended Grant High School. He was part of the team of lawyers who helped navigate plans for the l.a. live development through the city approval process. The project – which includes a Convention Center hotel, cineplex, restaurants and residences – is seen as a linchpin of downtown renewal. “I’m one piece of a large puzzle here. I’m not doing this all on my own,” he said. Goldberg attended University of California at Berkeley before heading to University of Chicago for law school. He lives in the hills near Sepulveda Boulevard with his wife, Denise; 2-year-old daughter, Dakota; and infant son, Luke. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!