Giving Back to Our Community! Get Involved!

Another 2018 New Year’s resolution done: Finished our “Community Involvement” wall. Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett is involved in our community through volunteering and financial contributions. You will find us in the Rotary of Walnut Creek, Fire Council Commissioner, coaching base ball teams, sponsoring swim/soccer/baseball teams, donating to schools, etc. We think it’s important for businesses to be involved in the communities where they work. Sure hope you do too.

Did you know we mediate disagreements?

So what happens when you take the plunge and start that new business with someone but you never quite got around to finalizing the details of your company (who contributes what, who does what, what happens if…) and then things don’t work out quite the way you and your business partner thought? Call us. Call Matt. He can help mediate your situation and hopefully come up with a plan that will satisfy both parties.

Didn’t know Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett can help mediate disagreements? We can! Give Matt at a call at 925.459.8440 and let him help you. He’s been helping folks for a long time and he’s pretty darn good at it!

Maybe it’s time to call a lawyer…

Sometimes you only need a little bit of advice from a lawyer. Maybe you were hit by a car and have a few out of pocket expenses or medical bills. Their insurance company is trying to settle with you. Is the right amount? Are you being fairly compensated? Why not give Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett a call and come in and discuss what happened? It might be better to have that 1 hour conference then find out that you didn’t settle for an amount to even fully cover your expenses! Call Matt. He’s had a lot of experience with personal injury cases and gets great results. You can reach Matt at 925.459.8440.

Dog Bite

An absolute nightmare! Imagine walking along and you or your child (as in the article linked below) get attacked by a pit bull or any dog. From the article, it sounds like the child will be ok. We certainly hope so.

You may or may not know that Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett has represented victims of dog bites. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, give us a call at 925.459.8440 and ask for Matt. He can discuss with you whether or not you have a case against the dog owner.

CHP, firefighters rescue girl bitten by dog at Point Pinole

What to look for when hiring a lawyer

Looking to hire a lawyer? Already have one but not satisfied and thinking you might need to change? A lawyer needs to:
–Be a good listener
–Have attention to detail
–Have candor
–Be honest
–Have experience

The lawyers at Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett possess these attributes. We listen. We give an honest assessment of you case. We do the right thing. We get good results. Give us a call at 925.459.8440. Let us help you with your legal needs.


If in 2020 you are 18 & older, you need to go to the DMV and get your READ ID to travel within the US if you are using your CA driver’s license as id to board an airplane for example.  See the article posted below for more information.

Anti-DUI Zero Tolerance announcement by CHP

CHP announces DUI zero tolerance campaign after several CHP officers have been killed or injured by someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Don’t be one of them.  Don’t drink or do drugs and drive.  Be smart.  Be safe.  For all of us.

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Sexual Assault Victims

Our firm has obtained in excess of $25,000,000 in settlements and judgments on behalf of sexual assault victims. Our senior partner Matt Guichard is a former prosecutor and headed the Sexual Assault Unit at the DA’s Office. He has spent most of his legal career advocating for child and adult victims of sexual abuse and sexual assaults. Matt is very sensitive to the physical and psychological damage such victims suffer. Let us know if you would like to meet with us to discuss issues you or a friend might have as a victim of sexual abuse. You can reach Matt at 925.459.8440. Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett can help you.


No one wants to admit it, but did you or someone you know get a DUI recently? Not a great way to start the new year. Hopefully no one got hurt. Incredibly embarrassing. Repercussions are tough. Did you know that you not only have to work your way through the legal system, but you also have to deal with the DMV and if you are medical professional, possibly the medical board as well. You are not powerless. Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett can help you. Call 925.459.8440 today and make an appointment. We won’t make you feel embarrassed as you tell us what happened. We will help you get the best result we can. Call us. Let us help you.