Jacob S. Gunter joined Howard Lewis & Petersen, P.C. as an associate in 2008. Prior to this he maintained a solo practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan directly out of law school. He has served as an Army judge advocate on active duty (deployed), in the reserves and the Utah Army National Guard since 2008. Jake has been an attorney for nearly 20 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 through no fault of their own. He has handled cases in Moab, Ogden, Logan, Salt Lake City, Davis County, Lehi, St. George and many more. The majority of his cases are car wrecks, representing passengers, children and drivers who are hurt. Since joining HLP, Jake has successfully litigated cases in trial and arbitration, as well as negotiating settlements for his clients. His legal work includes car collisions, boating accidents, ATV collisions, insurance disputes, wrongful death, slip and fall/trip and fall, dog bites. The remainder of his practice involves civil litigation and criminal defense. He has been the lead attorney in 30 jury trials and over 150 bench trials in civil, criminal and administrative law. He believes in frank, honest and open communications with his clients as he helps them navigate through their legal problems. As a Utah National Guard Soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Gunter is Airborne (military parachuting) and Air Assault (helicopter attack and utilities) qualified. 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.
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.
Jake and his wife of 22 years have three children and live in Provo.