Attorney Profile

GGrimmGary Grimm is a solo practitioner based in the San Francisco Bay Region. He established his law firm in 1996 after spending over 20 years in public service, where he advised and represented state water quality regulatory agencies and worked closely with many other public agencies.  This unique combination of regulatory agency background and private practice experience enables him to provide strategic, practical, and effective solutions for complex water quality issues and achieve client goals in a cost-effective manner.

Gary Grimm has advised and represented many business, public agency, and individual clients in water quality related matters at the local, state and federal level. These water quality cases have included:

  • Permitting, compliance issues, and enforcement response
  • Groundwater contamination investigation and remediation
  • Surface water regulation
  • Municipal, industrial, and construction-related stormwater runoff
  • Wastewater discharge and reclamation
  • Wetland and upland restoration
  • Land disposal, trash, and hazardous waste regulation and compliance
  • Environmental and planning review
  • Appeals from agency decisions and litigation support

Gary was formerly on the legal staff of the State Water Resources Control Board, where he served as Chief Counsel to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.  He also advised other Regional Water Boards including the North Coast, Central Coast and Los Angeles Regional Water Boards. This work involved collaboration with other state agencies, the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), the Office of the California Attorney General, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous special districts and other local agencies.

Gary is an active member of the Environmental Law section of the State Bar of California, the Environmental Law section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and the Policy and Permitting Subcommittee of the California Stormwater Quality Association.  He has degrees from the University of Minnesota and UCLA Law School, has previously worked for the California Legislative Counsel, and was Chief Attorney of a neighborhood law office for the Legal Aid Society of Alameda County.  He has been actively engaged in legal practice for over 40 years, during which time he has become skilled at finding practical and effective solutions to complex legal issues.

Gary is a lifelong outdoorsman, fisherman and bird-watcher. He also enjoys visiting the museums and art galleries of the U.S and Europe with his wife, a prominent Bay Area artist.