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Matthew D. Zimmerman Partner

Matthew Zimmerman Environmental Law Attorney
Grand Rapids
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Patti L. Wallace, 616 / 336-6549

Environmental and Energy Experience

Matt is a partner and leads the Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Practice Team. A significant portion of Matt’s practice involves representation of municipalities and private developers in regard to water law matters, including: the permitting, operation and expansion of water supply/treatment/distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems; sewer use ordinance drafting and enforcement including industrial pretreatment programs; stormwater management including ordinance drafting, permitting and enforcement and property owner representation in Drain Code projects; riparian rights issues; and submerged lands transactions. He represents both municipal and private clients in a wide variety of projects involving land use, including condemnation, permitting of development in protected natural resource areas (regulated wetlands, critical sand dunes, flood plains, etc.), solid waste management, zoning, brownfield redevelopment, and remediation of contaminated real estate. Matt also represents developers of energy products including both traditional and renewable energy projects, primarily regarding permitting and contracting.


  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
    B.A., with high honors, 1978

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan: Environmental Law Section, Public Corporation Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association: Environmental Law Section
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Michigan Water Environmental Association

Community Involvement

  • Beacon Hill at Eastgate, Board Member
  • Christian Legal Ministries, Board of Directors and Legal Clinic volunteer attorney
  • Christian Legal Society


  • Best Lawyers in America® since 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Land Use and Zoning Law, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
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