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Leslie A. Gutierrez

Leslie A. Gutierrez

office: 414.978.5490
fax: 414.223.5000

Leslie delivers results to clients at every stage of litigation by securing early dismissals of claims, negotiating attractive settlements, obtaining favorable judgments and winning cases on appeal.

As a commercial litigator throughout her career, Leslie has assisted with and been involved in a wide variety of matters including participating in a 6-week trade secret trial, dismissing fiduciary duty, breach of contract, breach of warranty and products liability claims, advocating for entrepreneurs in shareholder disputes, defeating copyright infringement claims, protecting clients’ trademarks and other intellectual property, negotiating construction disputes, prosecuting fraud claims and defending against putative class actions.

Leslie’s litigation experience has also positioned her to be a go-to litigator for eDiscovery needs. Leslie is a member of the firm’s eDiscovery Solutions team and she is also a Certified E-Discovery Specialist, accredited through the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), which is the premier membership organization for eDiscovery professionals worldwide. With her extensive experience directing, managing and overseeing the eDiscovery process, Leslie assists clients across the firm by providing efficient and strategic solutions to eDiscovery needs.




  • The Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM), Rising Professional, July 2016 
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2014-2015, 2017
  • 2014 Midwest Region Hot List by Lawyers of Color
  • Windy City Times’ “30 Under 30 List,” 2013
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2016


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan
    • with honors


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin, Board of Directors
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Women in Construction


  • Spanish, fluent
Featured Case Study

Former Inmate Wins Appeal in Claim Over Prison Treatment

Leslie led a Husch Blackwell team in securing an appellate victory on behalf of a former inmate of the Oshkosh Correctional Institution. The pro bono client, who suffers a severe muscle disease, alleged that correctional officers were deliberately indifferent and negligent in their response to his medical needs in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights.

We convinced a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that the client’s administrative remedies were not available to him, that he should be excused from the exhaustion requirement and that he should be able to proceed with his meritorious claims. The case was remanded to the District Court for further discovery and a trial on the merits.