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Karl Robert Gonter Jr

Litigation Attorney at Irvine, CA

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Robert (Bob) gonter

  • State Years
    California - CA 41 years
    Washington - WA 42 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karl

Learn Karl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation

    42 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    Handles cases for and against corporations and employers

  3. Arbitration
    Arbitrations handled for attorneys both binding and non-binding

  4. Libel and slander
    Defamation cases are handled vigorously for and against individuals and corporations

Robert Gonter has served as lead counsel in over 1000; trials and arbitrations. His experience involving multiple parties has led to him being chosen as the lead counsel for a large homeowners' association involved in a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a catastrophic bicycling accident, causing spastic quadriplegia that required the lead coordination of over 30 law firms.

He has extensive experience handling injury cases involving spinal cord damage, severe burns, electrocution, brain damage, retinal and corneal detachment and transplant surgeries, as well as injuries to knees, shoulders, arms, legs and hands, and wrongful death. Robert is an arbitrator and mediator for Los Angeles and Orange Counties. He has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1996.


Gates, Gonter, Guy, Proudfoot & Muench, LLP
38 Discovery.
Suite. 200
Irvine, CA, 92618

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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Trial Attorney
Bob is a seasoned veteran of the court room and will go to court to fight for the clients he represents. He prepares well and makes good impression with jurors.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2011
Respected and educated attorney who listens and gets results
Very few attorneys listen and understand. Mr. Gonter is one of them. He will listen to you as a person, then make a knowledgeable decision on how to proceed in your best interests, explaining the process along the way. Mr. Gonter did an excellent job representing our corporation and was understanding of our concerns. Most importantly, he's well respected by fellow attorneys and judges. His stellar reputation and intelligent approach leads to favorable results. I used to be impressed by descriptions like "aggressive" and theatrical attorneys whose shot gun style ends up more noise than result. But after seeing Mr. Gonter in action, I was convinced his professional and respectful approach separates him from the cookie cutter attorneys in our area. Lots of attorneys will say they "will do this" and "do that" for you, the difference is Mr. Gonter actually DOES whats right and what works. I'm very satisfied as a client.
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Posted by Jim | May 2, 2011
Professional Engineer (Safety) & Risk Analyst
As a professional engineer in private practice, educator, consultant, and subject matter expert in safety and risk management since 1972, I’ve had an opportunity to provide technical assistance and expert opinions to more than 1,200 lawyers, ranging from sole-practitioners to major national law firms. I only mention this because I believe that few clients know what qualities (beside fees) are truly important when selecting an attorney. I have almost four decades experience working with attorneys. Personally, I rely on my lifetime learning experience gained while providing administrative law and expert witnessing services when offering my opinions to others looking for an attorney (and on that rare occasion when I need to lawyer). That is, any lawyer (not just the law firm itself) I would recommend or hire must be a good listener, have an excellent professional standing within the legal community, attorneys who love the work more than themselves, and one who will carefully prepare the pleadings, promptly complete discovery, and put the case at issue without needing the court’s probing – then an attorney who wants to get your case in front of the Trier-of-fact and then (utmost importance) be prepared for trail with trial and exhibit binders as well as know the evidence needed to present your case and effectively cross-examine your adversary. K. Robert “Bob” Gonter is just such an attorney. His professionalism, alertness to details, and presentation of the evidence is why I would place him in the top 10 (if not the top three) attorneys that I’ve had an opportunity to work with. If you want to have a chance to win outright based on the evidence, or effectively present your defense evidence, clients need an attorney who will put your best interests ahead of their own. I encourage the reader serious consider Bob’s expertise and qualifications, and if you want, you may contact me direct (1.800.952.2840).
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Posted by Rex | March 23, 2011
My Experience Working With Mr. Gonter
Mr. Gonter defended the policyholders for my employer, a major insurance company for many years. The quality of his work was always top notch and his results were excellent. I would recommend him to any insurance company looking for a quality insurance defense lawyer.
Posted by lauralee | March 19, 2011
Good, honest representation
Mr. Gonter stuck with us through thick and thin over a three year period. He went above and beyond to make certain that our case was taken care of appropriately.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-375 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter and Guy, LLP
  • 2001 - Present
  • 1978 - 2002


  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Puget Sound
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978


  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Associated Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top 10%
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2014
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Karl
Litigation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as he works tirelessly for his clients and is efficient at providing representation on complex matters."
Litigation Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred several cases to Mr. Gonter and his firm over the years with great success to my clients. I highly recommend Mr. Gonter and his firm."
Insurance Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Mr. Gonter in regards to a disputed liability auto accident that went to trial. Mr. Gonter was a very professional litigator who was easy to work with. I would recommend Mr. Gonter to anyone in need of an attorney to defend them in a civil litigation matter. Jeff Roberts"
Personal injury Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Other
"Bob Gonter is one of the top attorneys in Orange County. I have known Bob for many years and have had numerous cases against him. I now am a mediator and have mediated many of his cases. Bob is highly ethical, well prepared and does a great job for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is one of the premier defense lawyers in Califrnia."
Car accident
Personal injury

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Irvine Litigation Lawyer Karl Robert Gonter Jr
Karl Robert Gonter Jr
Litigation Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 42 years