Edward Grutzmacher


Edward (Ed) Grutzmacher represents public entities and private clients in all stages of land use entitlements, from initial application through final administrative action. He also has extensive experience in litigation arising from land use entitlements, including cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act and the Mitigation Fee Act. 

Ed’s land use and litigation practices are complemented by his knowledge of the legal issues surrounding climate change legislation and policy. He regularly advises clients on climate change questions, and has been involved in both evaluating emerging greenhouse gas regulations and analyzing and developing strategies to address the impacts of the California Climate Solutions Act (AB-32) on land use entitlement processing.



Published Decisions

  • Sierra Club v. California Coastal Commission (2005) 35 Cal.4th 839
  • Protect Agricultural. Land v. Stanislaus Cnty. Local Agency Formation Comm'n (2014) 223 Cal.App 4th 550
  • Citizens for Ceres v. Superior Court (2103) 217 Cal.App.4th 889
  • Healdsburg Citizens for Sustainable Solutions v. City of Healdsburg (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 988, 990
  • California Native Plant Society v. City of Rancho Cordova (2009) 172 Cal.App.4th 603
  • Schellinger Brothers v. City of Sebastopol (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 1245

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “Ethical Considerations,” CEQA Seminar, Lorman Education Services, 2013
  • Speaker, “Planning for CEQA Compliance and Litigation,” CEQA Seminar, Lorman Education Services, 2013

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD, 2003
  • New York University, MA, English Literature, 2000
  • University of California at Davis, BA, English and BS, Biology, 1998