Edwin C. Bull

Edwin C. Bull

Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Shareholder— Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1980

Ed Bull received his J.D. from ASU in 1980 and has practiced law at Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. for 43 years. He is Certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. Ed is a peer review rated AV® Preeminent attorney who has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America every year since 2003, and was named the 2014, 2018, 2020 and 2024 Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" Phoenix in Land Use and Zoning Law.  Ed has been selected by Super Lawyers of the Southwest every year since its inception in 2007, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers from 2008-2043, Chambers USA since 2005 and AZRE Commercial Real Estate Magazine’s "People to Know" in commercial real estate. Ed has been named a top corporate and business attorney for several years by Arizona Business Magazine in their annual publication "AZ Business Leaders" and was selected as a Top 100 Lawyer for 2021 by Arizona Business Magazine. In 2022, Southwest Super Lawyers named Ed one of the "Top 50 Attorneys" in Arizona. 

Email Edwin C. Bull


Top Ranked - Chambers | USA 2022
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Best Lawyers: Lawyer Of The Year 2024 – Edwin C. Bull
Super Lawyers - 2024
Phoenix Magazine Top Lawyer - 2023


Ed’s practice involves the full range of real estate entitlements including zoning, general plan amendments, area plan amendments, interpretations, variances, use permits, subdivision and site plan approvals, annexation, development agreements, right-of-way abandonments, pre-purchase due diligence, and other development-related matters.

Over the past three decades, Ed has worked on development projects ranging in size from under one acre to nearly 20,000 acres. The diverse types of commercial, residential and industrial development projects include for example: mixed-use master plans, PADs and PCDs, regional malls, retail centers, office developments, industrial developments, multi-family communities, single family subdivisions, senior housing facilities, automotive dealerships, churches, private and charter schools, electrical power plants, in-fill developments, service stations, truck travel centers, storage facilities, and other developments. Ed’s clientele include commercial developers, homebuilders, landowners, master plan developers, multi-family builders and managers, real estate investment companies, automotive dealers, grocers, office developers, energy providers, and others involved in the sale-purchase, planning, zoning, construction, and management of real estate.


Ricki Horowitz

Representative Engagements

  • Quarterbacked hundreds of land use entitlements teams in obtaining the zoning and other approvals needed for numerous PADs, PCDs and mixed use developments, two regional shopping malls, several retail power centers and neighborhood shopping centers, office developments, industrial developments, single-family subdivisions, multi-family communities, senior housing facilities, mega-churches, electrical power plants, and other developments.
  • Often plays a key role in communications among developers, multi-disciplined staffs, and government officials to achieve solutions needed to break impasses, obtain permits, commence construction, and achieve occupancy.
  • Served as lead counsel on numerous development agreements.
  • Regularly facilitates communications between developers and concerned neighbors with the goal of providing information, addressing concerns, and resolving or mitigating opposition prior to public hearings.
  • Often leads or participates in due diligence for potential purchasers of raw land and partially improved or fully improved real property.
Certified Specialist - State Bar of Arizona Best Lawyers - 2024

Honors & Awards

Selected, Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2018, 2020, 2024 Lawyer of the Year, Phoenix, Land Use and Zoning Law

Selected, Best Lawyers in America

  • Land Use and Zoning Law 2003-2024 edition
  • Real Estate Law 2003-2024 edition

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers 2007-2024

Selected, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers 2011-2024

Selected, Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2022, 2023

Selected, Arizona Business Magazine Top 100 Lawyers, 2014-2017, 2021

Selected, AZ Business Leaders, 2016-2021

Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, Leading Individual Attorney, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, 2005-2024

Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5* by Martindale Hubbell (*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona

Maricopa County Bar Association


J.D., Arizona State University, 1980
B.A., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1976

Admitted In


Community Involvement

Ed has participated over the years in diverse community, civic, philanthropic, development, and political activities.  He has also participated in numerous Planning processes and Zoning Ordinance updates in various municipalities.

In the News

Listen to more of the AZ Big Podcast.