Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced that two of its senior partners have been named Phoenix “’Lawyer of the Year” 2014 in their respective practice areas by US News Best Lawyers in America. Managing partner and firm president, Edwin C. “Ed” Bull has been selected in Phoenix Land Use & Zoning Law and Martha C. Patrick has been selected in Phoenix Litigation & Controversy-Tax. Only one attorney in each major market is selected in practice areas represented.

Bull is Certified as a Real Estate Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona and joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1978, has been a shareholder since 1985. Bull is the senior member of the Firm’s Zoning and Real Estate Department, and practices primarily in the areas of land use, zoning, General Plans, Variances, Use Permits, Site Plan Approvals, development agreements, real estate transactions, and other development-related matters. Bull received his J.D. from Arizona State University in 1980 and his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Arizona Bar Association and the Maricopa County Bar Association. Bull is also listed in Chambers USA and Southwest Super Lawyers.

Certified as a Tax Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, Patrick is a member of the Tax Sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Arizona. Her practice deals exclusively with tax controversies, handling both civil and criminal matters. Drawing on her experience with the IRS and her first-hand knowledge of its practices and procedures, as well as over 20 years of experience serving clients in private practice, Patrick represents taxpayers involved in civil and criminal tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, the Arizona Department of Revenue and other taxing agencies, from the inception of a tax audit, the administrative appeal and litigation before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, the Arizona Tax Court, and the federal and state courts of appeal. Patrick is also listed as a Southwest Super Lawyer.