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.
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.
Licensed since 1994
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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.
Mark Cogan Criminal Defense Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 10 Ranking||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Owner||John E. Gutbezahl||2006 - Present|
|Deputy Prosecuting Attorney||Cowlitz County Prosecutor's Office||2005 - 2006|
|Deputy District Attorney||Columbia County District Attorney's Office||1997 - 2005|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Clackamas County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Columbia County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Multnomah County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|State University of New York, Stony Brook||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|