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.

DUI

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.

Giving back to our community

Do you want to do business with a company that gives back to the community? We think it’s important to support our community and that is why Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett gives back both financially and through volunteer hours. We help support a variety of local groups from youth sports to the performing arts to charities to pro bono legal services to community work. It’s the right thing to do. If supporting a local business that supports your community is important to you, consider Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett when you are partnering with a law firm.

Psychological Evaluations: A Critical Tool for Undocumented Immigrants

Erika Portillo (eportillo@gtplawyers.com) is an immigration lawyer and a partner at Guichard, Teng and Portello, with o!ces in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Davis. She is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. District Court Northern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has practiced immigration law for over 10 years. Her practice focuses mainly on removal defense, family based immigration, asylum, form of relief for victims of crimes and naturalization.   A significant focus of immigration law in the United States addresses the issues of  family unity and victim protection. If one takes a close look at the different forms of immigration relief (i.e., relief from removal from the United States) available to foreign nationals, one realizes that psychological evaluations often serve as critical evidence in support of an individual’s application for relief from removal. In hardship … Continue reading

Waiver of Inadmissibility

Don’t forget that GTP also provides a range of immigration legal services. Our partner, Erika Portillo, specializes in immigration law. Do you need a waiver? Erika Portillo specializes in waivers of inadmissibility. She has been able to successfully help secure the immigration status of our clients What is an immigration waiver of inadmissibility? A person not eligible to be admitted into the United States or to adjust her status may obtain lawful admission by filing an a…pplication for waiver of the grounds of inadmissibility. Give us a call at 925.459.8440 to speak with Erika Portillo or email her at eportillo@gtplawyers.com. Maybe she can help you!

Civil Jury Verdicts – Contra Costa Lawyer

Civil Jury Verdicts Matt Guichard | Sep 01, 2017 | There was a time I prepared a Civil Jury Verdicts Column every month. And in almost all cases, the reports came right out of our Superior Court in Martinez. Back then the Court statistics showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or so civil cases to verdict in Martinez Superior Courts. As the years have passed, that number dwindled to 15 or so each year. Now of course I know the mention of those statistics always causes heartburn for the PJ, but there is a good reason for the decline. I have been told that the Civil Jury Verdicts column is a very popular column. Sad to say I write only a couple of columns a year at this time. And as you have heard me say too many times: … Continue reading

Bar Soap – March 2017

As I mentioned in my last Bar Soap, the Contra Costa High School Mock Trial Competition was on the horizon. It has now taken place and it was the usual tremendous success. Miramonte High School was the winner this year. That makes two years in a row for Miramonte. I served as judge two nights during the preliminary rounds. I never cease to be impressed by the skill and enthusiasm of all the participants who appeared before me. Another shout out needs to go to all the volunteer judges. Many of our sitting judges volunteer their time, as well as many of our local attorneys. Additionally many of our local judges and attorneys spend months with the high school students, mentoring them as they prepare for the competition. Thanks to all for making it an incredible experience. Let’s chat now … Continue reading

Mock Trial Results – 2017

A nice way to give back to the community: Matthew Guichard volunteers each year as a judge for the Contra Costa County Mock Trial Competitions. The competition is in February. The high school students do an incredible job and you can see all the hard work they did. The 2017 mock trial results are in! Congratulations to Miramonte HS for placing 1st. 2nd place went to California HS, followed by Acalanes HS and Alhambra HS. Well done! You can read all about it here:  http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/events/tresults17.html