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Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals, Civil Rights

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Appeals: 30%
    35 years, 30 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
    5 years, 5 cases



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

40 total 

  • Dorinda Jo Myers

    Ms. Gutekunst is one of the most active attorneys on avvo. When she posts an answer, it is thorough, accurate and conveys her passion and commitment to her work. Ms. Gutekunst is at the top of my list of attorneys in the State of California to refer potential clients to. You can't go wrong picking up the phone and calling her.


    Dorinda Myers Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Jeffery Fannon

    I worked with Ms. Gutekunst when we were both in the Fresno County Public Defender's Office. She was always the first person I turned to when I had a question regarding both trial tactics and the law. She is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I have ever worked with.


    Michael Fannon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Gayle Gutekunst, Attorney

1819 Polk Street
PMB 315
San Francisco, CA, 94109




Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline, probation, with no actual suspension
    issued in CA, 2013


    This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top ContributorAVVO2015

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerGayle Gutekunst, Attorney at Law2006 - Present
Defense AttorneyFresno County Public Defender1992 - 2006
OwnerGayle Gutekunst, Attorney at Law1982 - 1992
AssociateWild, Carter & Tipton1980 - 1982


Association NamePosition NameDuration
CA Appellate Defense Counselmember2013 - Present
Nat'l Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2006 - 2013
CA Attorneys for Criminal Justicemember1985 - Present
CA Public Defenders Associationmember1985 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJ.D.1978
Barnard CollegeLinguistics, German LiteratureB.A.1974