Guyton N. "Guy" Jinkerson

Guyton N. "Guy" Jinkerson

Guyton N. Jinkerson

Recognized since 1987

San Jose, California

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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Guyton Jinkerson is admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of California(admitted January 15, 1970), the United States Supreme Court (admitted March 19, 1973), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and other Courts.

From 1970 to 1974, he was a Deputy Public Defender in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. Since then he has been engaged in private practice as a trial lawyer.

In 1976, he was first certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and he has been re-certified in 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016.

During the past forty-seven years he has represented individuals and entities, in state and federal court, suspected of committing a myriad of business crimes, including trade secret theft, securities fraud, insider trading, antitrust violations, medical services fraud, environmental crimes, OSHA violations and real estate and insurance fraud as well as general criminal offenses, including embezzlement, unlawful conduct by professionals, date rape, vehicular homicide and murder.

He also has extensive experience in civil litigation and professional licensing proceedings which have emanated from criminal investigations.

He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Criminal Defense, White Collar crimes and General crimes since 1987.

He has been recognized by Super Lawyers in the area of White Collar Crimes since 2005.

He has been named as one of the Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers in California since 2007 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

He has been rated av by Martindale-Hubbell for more than thirty five years.

He has been found to be qualified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of California on the obligations of defense counsel in criminal cases. He has qualified as an expert witness on the obligations of defense counsel in a capital case before a Special Master appointed by the California Supreme Court. People v. Ledesma (1987) 43 Cal. 3d 177. In that case he was recognized by the California Supreme Court as having: “ . . . extensive experience in homicide trials . . . ” People v. Ledesma, supra, at page 203.

He has been a member of the faculty of the following programs: Santa Clara County Bar Association Trial Advocacy College, 1977-1978; California Public Defenders Association Summer Skills Institute, 1979-1981; Criminal Justice College of Advocacy, Hastings College of the Law, 1983-1999; Civil Litigation Advocacy Program, Hastings College of the Law, 1984-1992; California Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Seminar, 1987; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Federal Practice Program, 1987-1992; Intensive Advocacy Program, University of San Francisco School of Law, 1992-1993; Santa Clara University School of Law Civil Trial Skills Program, 1993-1994; and Advocacy Skills Workshop, Stanford Law School, 1998-2017.

He belongs to numerous legal associations, including the following: Bar Association of San Francisco; Santa Clara County Bar Association, San Mateo County Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member, White Collar Crime Committee, Criminal Justice Section, 1987 to present; Complex Crimes Committee, Litigation Section, 1991 to present); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; California Trial Lawyers Association; California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1980-1983; Vice President, 1983-1984); Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member); and Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers (Member, Board of Governors, 1985; Secretary, 1986; Vice President, 1987-1988).

Contact & Links


  • 510 North Third Street
    San Jose, CA 95112-5313


  • English


  • Ethnicity: White


  • Golden Gate University, B.A. Economics, graduated 1966
  • Golden Gate University, graduated 1966

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, San Jose (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Special Focus

  • Civil and Criminal
  • Drug Offenses
  • Government Investigations
  • Grand Jury
  • Litigation
  • Securities Fraud
  • Sex Abuse
  • Tax-Evasion Defense
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Violent and Nonviolent Crimes

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