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Guyton Jinkerson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in San Jose, CA

Attorney at Law
333 W Santa Clara St, Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-297-8555
Fax: 408-297-3193
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 1970
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%), Criminal Defense (30%), Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Having more than 50 years of experience, Guyton N Jinkerson, Attorney at Law, offers focused legal services to clients throughout the San Jose, California, area. Focusing his practice on criminal defense, Mr. Jinkerson generally provides representation to individual people and business entities in matters involving white collar crimes such as embezzlement, insider trading and fraud. He also advocates on behalf of those facing general criminal offenses, including vehicular homicide, rape and murder, and he accepts business litigation cases.

In 1966, Mr. Jinkerson earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Golden Gate University. He went on to receive a Juris Doctor from the Golden Gate University School of Law.

Mr. Jinkerson has dedicated his career to pursuing justice on behalf of those facing criminal charges, first as a deputy public defender with the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office and then in his private practice. Focused on protecting the rights of his clients throughout each stage of the legal process, he works closely with people to craft customized strategies aimed at securing the best possible outcomes to their cases. Mr. Jinkerson is a certified criminal law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and he has received the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Staying active in the legal community, Mr. Jinkerson has served in varying capacities for and is a member of numerous professional associations. These include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, The Bar Association of San Francisco, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 20%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Law, Murder

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

About Guyton Jinkerson

First Admitted: 1970, California

Representative Clients

  • Alftin Construction Company; Jasna Mrdjen, M.D.; Lawrence Livingston, M.D.; Zhenggang Zhang, M.D.;  RHF Ventures; Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose: Santa Clara University

Educational Background

  • Golden Gate University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1966

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Faculty, Santa Clara County Bar Association Trial Advocacy College, 1977-1978
  • Faculty, California Public Defenders Association Summer Skills Institute, 1979-1981
  • Author, "Should the Co-Conspirator Exception to the Hearsay Rule Be Allowed to Thwart the Confrontation Clause to the Constitution," Forum Volume 3, May-June, 1976
  • Faculty, Criminal Justice College of Advocacy, Hastings College of the Law, 1983-2000
  • Faculty, Civil Litigation Advocacy Program, Hastings College of the Law, 1984-1992
  • Faculty, Annual Seminar, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • Faculty, Federal Practice Program, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1987-1992
  • Faculty, Intensive Advocacy Program, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1992-1993
  • Faculty, Civil Trial Skills Program, Santa Clara University School of Law, 1993-1994
  • Faculty, Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford Law School, 1998-2021
  • Professor of Law, Lincoln Law School of San Jose, 2006

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairperson, Planning Commission for the Town of Los Altos Hills, 1996-2000
  • Member, Agricultural Labor Relations Law, California Governor's Task Force, 1975-1976

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association 1987
  • Member, Litigation Section, Complex Crimes Committee, American Bar Association 1991
  • Member, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Board of Governors, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1980-1983
  • Vice President, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1983-1984
  • Member, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1985
  • Secretary, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1986
  • Secretary, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1989
  • Vice President, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1987­-1988
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of California
  • Member, Governing Board, Court Appointed Counsel Program, Santa Clara County, 1987-­1990
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1987
  • Member, Litigation Section, Complex Crimes Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1991
  • Member, Litigation Section, Complex Crimes Committee, San Mateo County Bar Association, 1991
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, San Mateo County Bar Association
  • California, 1970
  • Arbitrator, Superior Court, Santa Clara County, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973

Verdicts/Settlements

  • People v. Shamburger (1984) 160 Cal. App. 3d 484
  • United Pacific­Reliance Ins. Co. v. DiDomenico (1985) 173 Cal. App. 3d 673
  • City of Sunnyvale v. Superior Court (1988) 203 Cal. App. 3d 839
  •  People v. Superior Court (Kirby) (2003) 114 Cal. App. 4th 102
  • People v. Alday (1974) 10 Cal. 3d 392

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law, The State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization , 1976
  • Criminal Law Specialist, Certified By the State Bar of California, 2021

Honors/Awards

  • Criminal Law, The Best Lawyers in America, 1987
  • White Collar Crime, Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California, National Trial Lawyer's Association, 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Best Lawyers in America, Trial Lawyer of the Year Santa Clara County, Criminal Law, 2013
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Office Location for Guyton Jinkerson

333 W Santa Clara St
Suite 700
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: 408-297-8555

Fax: 408-297-3193

Last Updated: 9/15/2021

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