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John E. Gutbezahl
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John E. Gutbezahl

also known as John Eliot Gutbezahl

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Civil Rights

About Me

It is never too early to obtain a lawyer.


If you have been or are being investigated or have been arrested your liberty is at stake.


The government has police officers, investigators, experts and prosecutors working for it . . .


Protect yourself by obtaining counsel that has over nine years as a prosecutor and three years as a defense lawyer . . . I will work for you at all stages, including but not limited to investigation, court hearings, negotiations, disposition and trial . . .


I graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987. After moving to Portland in 1990 I graduated from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in 1993.


During law school I was a certified law student at the Metropolitan Public Defenders office and gained my first courtroom experiences, including jury trials. After graduation, I opened up my practice, and through association with and referrals from other attorneys my practice began to thrive.



In December 1995 I was hired by a firm in St. Helens, Oregon representing individuals charged with crimes by the government and tried many cases. After a brief stint with a firm in Beaverton, I was hired by the Columbia County District Attorney’s office in April 1997.


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Over my 8+ years as a deputy district attorney I tried cases ranging from DUII all the way to capital murder. I tried over 100 felony trials murder, including capital murder, attempted murder, solicitation to commit murder, and many sexual assault, burglary, felony assault, firearm, meth lab, theft, and stolen vehicles. I worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in 2005-2006 in Cowlitz County Washington for the last year specializing in sexual and violent crimes. I have also written appeals in both states.


I am specializing in criminal defense in Oregon and Washington. I can handle all levels of offenses as well as appeals and post conviction relief.


I handle expungements of convictions or having convictions set aside.


I am a former prosecutor in Oregon and Washington. Prior to being a prosecutor, I was in private practice and over 13 years of practice I have tried over 100 cases, ranging from misdemeanors, including domestic violence and DUII all the way to capital murder. I was in charge of drug prosecutions and sex offense prosecution in Columbia County. In Cowlitz County, Washington, I handled felony property and person crimes. I also have appellate experience in both states and am also admitted to the federal district of Oregon.


In the two years since going into private practice I have obtained acquittals in Attempted Murder, Assault on a Public Safety Officer, and Assault cases. I have obtained dismissals after successfully having evidence suppressed in drug cases. I have pressured the state to dismiss in other domestic violence cases and assault cases. Furthermore, I have successfully negotiated complex cases to ensure a just result for my clients.


My office is located in prestigious Lake Oswego and I am admitted to practice in the states of Oregon, Washington and New York as well as the federal District for Oregon.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    21 years
  2. Civil Rights: 10%
    11 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Mark C Cogan

    When I first met John Gutbezahl, he was a prosecutor. I was immediately impressed by his intellect and his concern for real people. I knew that John would become an excellent defense attorney when he left the District Attorney's Office. Thankfully, John is now a defense attorney. John is very dedicated to providing high quality representation to his clients. I never hesitate to refer clients to John, knowing that he will take very good care of them.

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    Mark Cogan Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Glenn Crow

    I have seen John work as an advocate for his clients as well as spoken with him about a mutual client. John is a professional with the utmost integrity and well deserving of accolades.

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    Robert Crow DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

John E Gutbezahl

5 Centerpointe Drive Suite 250
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035

5 Centerpointe Drive Suite 250
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035-8652

Po Box 308
Lake Oswego, OR, 97034-0035

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200605/05/2015
NYCurrently registered 199503/13/2015
ORActive199405/16/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 RankingNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerJohn E. Gutbezahl2006 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyCowlitz County Prosecutor's Office2005 - 2006
Deputy District AttorneyColumbia County District Attorney's Office1997 - 2005

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Capital DefendersMemberN/A
Clackamas County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Columbia County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Multnomah County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Berger, Marion County OregonCase dismissed
State v William GordonDismissed

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark CollegeLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
State University of New York, Stony BrookN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990