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John E. Gutbezahl

Criminal defense Attorney at Lake Oswego, OR

5.0   52 reviews

also known as John Eliot Gutbezahl

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 18 years
    New York - NY 28 years
    Oregon - OR 30 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State OR
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

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  1. Criminal defense
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    I have 16 years experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. I zealously represent my clients to ensure their rights are protected. I am a firm believer in the right to trial and charge a reasonable flat fee that includes the trial fee. This rate ensures that the client's decision of whether or not to go to trial is not based on finances. A flat fee also ensures that my clients have access to my time without watching the clock.

    30 years

HAVE YOU BEEN ARRESTED, INVESTIGATED OR CHARGED WITH A CRIME? JOHN E. GUTBEZAHL IS HERE TO HELP!

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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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John E Gutbezahl
5 Centerpointe Drive Suite 400
Lake Oswego, OR, 97035

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Posted by Scott | March 20, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend John Gutbezahl
I had no idea how to find and retain an effective defense attorney, and ultimately hired John based on reviews like the one I'm about to submit here...what other metric could I use? He's a straight shooter with a wealth of experience. He kept me up to speed as each step of a grueling, bureaucratic process played out (my ordeal began mid-pandemic, allowing the state to redefine my 'right to a speedy trial'). I was confident in how I wanted to handle my defense, but adjusted course several times based on his input. I leaned heavily on his knowledge and experience when the time came for trial, and he didn't let me down. I sometimes wonder how things might have played out had I hired a different attorney. I'm glad I didn't. It could not have gone any better.
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Posted by Thomas | March 1, 2024
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Found Not Guilty (Measure 11 Case)
John is the best trial lawyer Out there. Major Swag and has a great respectful reputation around the court house with everyone. John does not take short cuts and will do everything in his power to make sure you get the best representation for your case. I was charged with multiple measure 11 crimes in Washington County Oregon and after two years of working with John and his top notch Private Investigators I was found Not Guilty on all counts! John will go the extra mile and he truly cares about his clients. Not to mention John is Very competitive, and does not like to lose! If you are seeking a lawyer that will really care about your case and knows the law very well don’t hesitate to reach out to John. Best Decision I Ever Made!
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2023
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Malique
John definitely went above and beyond! From the time he was hired, all the way to the end of my case (that we won!) he had great communication, there wasn't a time when i didn't know what to expect. Always gave me options, and the pros and cons to each, along with great suggestions on how to move forward. He kept his phone line open for me to ask questions on the case. If he was busy, always called back. He also just checked in and made sure i was doing alright. Which was big for me in trusting his process. John communicated with my other lawyers to make sure the dates weren't conflicting with each other, if they did he had it figured out within times notice. He's very quick and on it, even while juggling many other cases. Overall the best experience with a lawyer i've had.
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Posted by Gregory | October 3, 2023
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Real Deal
John is an attorney Perry Mason would envy. He has a Hollywood Corporate look along with a casting director charm. If I were to sum John up in one word. Swag would be it. He has, that woooow factor. Letting you know. I'm not here to shadow box. I'm here to win. Because winning is all he knows. Peace
Posted by Byrd | October 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Competent Confident and Hard working
Honestly? I don’t know where to begin. As a community advocate working within Portland’s Black community, I was notified of an urgent legal matter. The life and freedom of a young, bright and ambitious man was in the balance. Atty. John Gutbezahl was referred by a friend. I called John a bit leary and not knowing what to expect. The situation was time sensitive and due to the social and racial components of this particular situation I knew an attorney familiar with those nuances was needed. So, I called John. He listened. I shared with him the time sensitivity of the situation and asked if he were available to take this on. John agreed and when he quoted me the cost I asked him two times to repeat the cost. He charged a one time retainer fee and worked on this case just as hard as if I paid him a million dollars. John is personable and doesn’t talk over your head. His courtroom presentation is impeccable. I was struck by his expansive knowledge of the law and its proper application is mind blowing. I could go on and on about Attorney John Gutzebahl. In the final analysis and thanks to John, the young man was found NOT guilty on both counts. I am indebted to this rare attorney who truly cares
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2023
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Awesome Atttorney
Upon meeting John, I could tell that he was confident. That is very important to me as he was feeling my adult son, a young black male. He represented him with facts and was open about possibilities and the direction of the case.
Posted by Edgar | July 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Top lawyer in the state; professional and hard working.
I hired John after consulting with seven other lawyers. John was the only one who didn’t make me feel like he was in it for a pay day and took the time to listen to my case. He understood my situation and was hard at work from the minute that I hired him. It was an extremely difficult time for me and my family because the charges I was charged with came with a minimal sentence of 5 years. Not only is John a hard working lawyer but he is very well known and respected in the court house by judges, DA’s and other lawyers. He was very straight forward with all information, the possibilities, and options that came with my case. I never once felt in the dark or out of the loop. John always kept me up to date. John was not only my lawyer but my friend and companion throughout this entire process. I can truly say he goes above and beyond for his clients. Out of the seven charges I was charged with John got six of them dismissed and settled on a misdemeanor charge. Which he will help expunged from my record as well. By far the best case scenario in this situation. I would recommend John to anyone who is ever in need of legal representation and wants a lawyer who they can trust. John is a good lawyer and an even better man.
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Posted by Brad | July 14, 2023
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Professional, organized
I was happy that he has a professional relationship with, it seemed, everybody in the OR City court house; Judges, other attorneys.
Posted by Brenna | July 14, 2023
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Criminal defense charges
John is the most professional and hard working lawyer I’ve ever worked with. I was referred to John by previous clients and I hired John. My son was going to be sentenced to 30 years for what was said he did. John went the extra mile to get his conviction down to 72 months with time served he only has to serve 4 1/2 years. Now that’s what you call dedication to his clients. I highly recommend John and if you really are dealing with very serious charges John is the lawyer who knows the law. I thank him from the bottom of my heart. Hopefully I don’t have to see him again under these circumstances, but if so I will be definitely be hiring John.
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Posted by Hadi | June 29, 2023
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Great lawyer! Mr. Gutbezahl makes sure you are in good hands!
I was very pleased with how the outcome of my case turned out. We took it all the way to trial and won! John is great in advocating for his clients and very attention to detail in his work. Through out my trial he was very honest with me the whole time and told me what to expect and what to prepare for. You can always count on Mr. Gutbezahl going above and beyond for his client’s!
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Posted by Dave | April 20, 2023
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Not Guilty!
I found myself in a horrible situation being falsely accused for something that could have ruined all my hard work and my reputation. I would have lost everything. I prayed and through an amazing process that I believe was at the work of God, I was led to and hired Mr. Gutbezahl. I had called many other attorneys to interview and many didn't even want to take up the case especially being that it was in Washington County. John was not scared, and he was honest from the start and we both knew that it was going to be a tough case, but he did his due diligence, prepared me for any outcome, but in the end, he was able to help the Judge see the lies and manipulation and we won our case in court. I can't recommend you hire John Gutbezahl enough! You get what you pay for in life and he is worth it! Thank you John for your patients, persistence, and resolve in helping me get my life back. God bless you, John!
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Posted by Nicholas | March 14, 2023
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Amazing lawyer
I highly recommend John. He is calm and reassuring during a time of caos and uncertainty. I was going through a battle with my ex wife and facing multiple serious charges in multiple counties. I was scared because I thought even though they are false accusations there’s no way they will believe me over her she’s a great actor. John reassured me constantly throughout the 2 year court battle and got my charges in one county dismissed and won in trial on the other charges. He is very technical and has a great presence in the court room. As well as being very well respected by all of his peers. The prosecutors and judges all showed immense respect towards him whenever we met them in the courtroom. I highly recommend John as an attorney. He is exactly who you want if you find yourself in need of an attorney.
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Posted by Cedric | July 16, 2022
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Life Changer
John represented me in a case where i was falsely accused. John let me know every move he made to ease my mind. He stood up for me and what was right. It was great to know someone had my back during stressful times. Best lawyer ever.
Posted by Carson McCall | June 4, 2022
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I had a domestic violence case with my ex girlfriend and she was falsely accusing me of many thing. Mr.Gutbezahl caught her in many lies and won us the case. I had another attorney before him who I could tell wasn’t too sure about his skills as an attorney and I did not have a good experience with him then when I hired Mr.Gutbezahl it was a completely different experience he really knows what needs to be done and he does everything he can to make the process as stress free as possible. Mr.Gutbezahl isn’t an attorney who just wants your money he really cares for his job and his clients and I had the best experience I possibly could have had with an attorney I have absolutely 0 complaints about him and I would recommend him to anyone who was in a similar situation as I was! There’s not enough I could say to show my gratitude for Mr.Gutbezahl for everything he did in my case and I’m so grateful for having such a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2022
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Multiple Measure 11 Charges Dismissed
I was falsely accused of multiple domestic abuse & sex crimes by an ex partner during a messy breakup. These charges carried a possible sentence of 50+ years of jail. All charges were dismissed after 2 years with Mr. Gutbezahl's guidance. John is extremely well liked & well respected within the Oregon Courts. Other Lawyers and Judges within Oregon highly respect Mr. Gutbezahl as he exudes professionalism and politeness all while being non-relenting in his defense. Mr. Gutbezahl made a significant improvement in the quality of my life & that of my family during this process, helping reduce restrictions and even making it possible for us to move out of Oregon. 10/10 would highly recommend!
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Posted by Abdul khazali | March 9, 2022
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Oregon best Trial attorney
I hired John when I was faced with a case that was destroy every good work I have done in America. He is very methodical and thorough each step of the way. He is like a chef that by the time he bring together everything that is needed to cook the food in the kitchen, the guest will already be filled so there will be no need for a dinner table. His preparation is enough to send your charges running to hell
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Posted by Fred | February 18, 2022
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One Outstanding Attorney
When John steps up to the plate, you can expect a home run. A very capable attorney and worth every penny.
Posted by Loni | October 1, 2020
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Someone I can trust with my life!
John came into our lives at a scary time: my brother was facing charges that could carry a life sentence. Our family was sorting through high emotions, countless questions and lots of uncertainty. John is gracious, culturally responsive, patient and has never EVER judged us or the situation. He spent time answering questions and even came into our home (to help foster a space where we could feel safe and at ease) and sat with us to breakdown all the possibilities and his plans. He never made any promises and helped to keep our expectations realistic. He is a thoughtful, brilliant mind that offered us a sense of calm during a trying time. John brought my brother home and I am eternally grateful for him because of that.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
From my initial consultation John was very professional and sincere. He responded to my emails or phone calls in a timely manner whenever I had questions or concerns about my case. Being himself a former prosecutor he brought skills that allowed him to communicate with the police and court officials in a constructive manner. His clear understanding of the legal process and what steps we should take directly resulted in a good resolution. Our legal system is complex and intimidating. Having John on my side made all the difference. I would recommend him to anyone I know who needs legal representation or advice. Thanks John!
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Posted by Thomas | October 13, 2019
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Worth it.
All I can say is that one your life is disrupted, and your facing years locked away from your family, kids and friends. Spending the money for a good attorney is priceless. That’s why I hired Jhon Gutbezahl, treated me great, always has a answer for any question, fast call backs, treats you like a friend not like a client. I would highly recommend Jhon he did his job and set me free. Thanks agin!!
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Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Berger, Marion County Oregon
  • Case dismissed
  • State v William Gordon
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Capital Defenders
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Clackamas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Columbia County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Premier Attorney
  • National Academy of Jurisprudence
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Ranking
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has been our go-to referral for cases in the State of Washington. He is an attorney to whom we entrust many of our clients and prospective clients. Our office regularly relies on his wealth of experience and wisdom on technical legal issues. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gutbezahl is a fearless and amazing defense attorney, and particularly skilled at trials. I highly endorse and recommend him. I would not hesitate to ask him to represent me or a family member."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. John has an inside track on the local DA offices and is well respected by many lawyers and judges for his tact, patience, and professionalism. In one instance we were in negoitations for a civil compromise with a DDA and his very upset complainant. By the end of the meeting John had achieved agreement to the compromise from both and, therefore, paved the way for dismissal of the charges against our client. If that weren't enough, he was praised by the complainant as we walked out the door!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched John Gutbezahl represent hundreds of clients over the years. He is a fantastic lawyer. His trial skills are exceptional. He zealously advocates for his clients and will push back hard against the prosecuting attorney when circumstances require. You would do well to hire John Gutbezahl to represent you against any criminal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"While I do not know John personally, I have had the occassion to both observe him in court and work with him as opposing counsel. He has always struck me as an attorney that clients would love. He is zelous, creative, and constant in his advocacy. He is one of just a handful of attorneys I refer potential clients too."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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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Lake Oswego Criminal defense Lawyer John E. Gutbezahl
John E. Gutbezahl
Criminal defense Attorney
Lake Oswego, OR
Licensed for 30 years
Virtual consultation available