J. Javier Gutierrez is an award-winning trial lawyer and President of the Gutierrez Law Firm. Mr. Gutierrez has extensive experience representing individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including motor vehicle, workplace, product liability, and maritime accident cases. In recognition of his accomplishments, Mr. Gutierrez was invited to membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. He was also named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and was named to Texas Super Lawyers in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. Mr. Gutierrez is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Mr. Gutierrez is a graduate of New York University School of Law where he was active in the Latino Law Students Association and the Courtroom Advocates Program as a domestic violence victim advocate. Before attending NYU, Javier graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. After receiving his JD from NYU Law in 2004, he returned to Texas where he received his license the same year. Javier worked as a federal law clerk for the Honorable United States District Judge Jerry L. Buchmeyer in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division for one year. Prior to joining the Gutierrez Law Firm in 2007, Mr. Gutierrez worked as a business litigation attorney at the largest law firm in San Antonio, Texas.
His participation in the legal community includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, serving as President of the Coastal Bend Bar Association, and serving as a Panel Chair for the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. Mr. Gutierrez is licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts; the Federal Courts of the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas; and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to being actively involved in the legal community, Mr. Gutierrez is also a former president of the Rotary Club of San Diego, Texas.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS Houston Trial Lawyers Association American Association for Justice Coastal Bend Bar Association, Former President Texas State Bar Grievance Committee Member, Former Panel Chair Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS Lead counsel in wrongful death lawsuit against oilfield services companies for company vehicle crash; confidential multimillion-dollar settlement.
Lead counsel in catastrophic injury case against oilfield rental equipment company in 18-wheeler crash; confidential multimillion-dollar settlement.
Lead counsel in traumatic brain injury case against construction company; company vehicle struck plaintiff from behind; confidential multimillion-dollar settlement.
Lead counsel in two hand injury (crush injury and amputation) cases against oilfield services companies; confidential multimillion-dollar settlement (combined).
Lead counsel in workplace burn injury case against chemical manufacturing plant; confidential settlement in excess of $1 million.
Lead counsel in workplace burn injury case against refinery; confidential settlement in excess of $1 million.
Obtained two jury trial victories against a negligent automobile drivers represented by Allstate Insurance Company.
Lead counsel in jury trial in Jim Wells County, Texas. Affirmed by Fourth Court of Appeals (San Antonio), Strad Energy Services USA, Ltd. v. Bernal, No. 04-16-00116-CV, 2016 WL 6242839 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Oct. 26, 2016, pet. denied)
Co-counsel on fatality case involving train and vehicle collision (settled for confidential amount).
Co-counsel on maritime death case (settled for confidential amount).
Lead counsel on wrongful death case involving forklift accident (settled for confidential amount).
Co- counsel on wrongful death case involving forklift accident (settled for confidential amount).
Lead counsel on successful appeal in Morales v. Alcoa World Alumina L.L.C., 13-17-00101-CV, 2018 WL 2252901 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi May 17, 2018, pet. denied)