Jacob S. Gunter joined Howard Lewis & Petersen, P.C. as an associate in 2008, and is a current shareholder of the firm. Prior to this he maintained a solo practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan directly out of law school in 2004. He is also a Soldier with the United States Army Reserves. Prior to that he was a Special Forces JAG for 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group Airborne for nearly 7 years.
Jake received a Political Science B.S. with a Geology minor from Utah State University in 2001, and his law degree from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan in 2004. He graduated in the top nine percent of his class and participated on the school’s law review.
Jake is passionate about representing people state wide who are injured or accused of crimes. He practices criminal defense and personal injury law. Jake Gunter is not a generalist, doing divorces on the side, and then a debt collection matter during the day. He regularly practices criminal defense and personal injury law for the last 19 years plus.
He has handled cases from Salt Lake, Moab, Ogden, Logan, Fillmore, Nephi, Manti to St. George. He has handled and tried rape cases to a jury verdict along with practicing law in Michigan, the federal courts and the military system.
He has been the lead or second in charge in 30 plus jury trials, over 150 plus bench trials and roughly 2,000 plus court appearances. He believes in frank, honest and open communications with his clients as he helps them navigate through their legal problems.
As a Soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Gunter is Airborne (military parachuting) and Air Assault (helicopter attack and utilities) qualified. His official military jump log has 22 jumps from C-130s, a South Korean balloon, helicopters and an Army fixed wing Sherpa plane. His foreign jump wings include Thai, Japanese and Korean(2x). His current job with the Utah Army National Guard is commanding the 653 Trial Defense Services with downtrace elements in Idaho, Montana and Utah defending adervse actions against National Guard Soliders.
In December 2010 he deployed with his Special Operations unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and has participated in five Southeast Asia international military exercises.
Jake has been married for 22 years and has 3 kids.