Joe Gutheinz is licensed to practice law in ten courts, including the Texas Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th, 10th, and 11th Circuits; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is a former Commissioner on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, a Former Commissioned Member of the Texas State Council on Sex Offender Treatment, and a Former Commissioned Member on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. As a college instructor, he has taught over 200 graduate and undergraduate Criminal Justice, Risk Management, and Paralegal classes for three colleges. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he taught Mediation.
He has served as a consultant on aviation and space-related cases. He is a retired Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General and a former Special Agent with both the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and F.A.A. Civil Aviation Security. He is a former Army Intelligence Officer and Aviator. For his service, he has received the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Career Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Superior Accomplishment Award, the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, and a Special Commendation from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He is an Honorary Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and an Honorary Harris County Deputy Sheriff. He is a past top graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Criminal Investigator’s Course, holds six college degrees and eight teaching credentials, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has been featured in several documentaries on one of his cases; was the subject of a novel by Joe Kloc; has appeared on the BBC, Fox, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the History Channel and has been quoted in news stories all over the world. He has written numerous magazine stories and Op/Ed’s, on topics as diverse as space exploration, aviation security, and the grand jury system.
In 2014, Joseph R. Gutheinz was selected by the National Trial Lawyers for its "Top 100 Trial Lawyers"; The Houstonia Magazine listed him as one of the "Top Lawyers of 2014"; he appeared on Brad Meltzer's Lost History Show, on the History Channel 2; he appeared in Troy Hale's documentary "Missing Moon Rocks" and he was written about or quoted in the following books: "Apollo 11: 164 Most Asked Questions" by Craig Cooley"; "The Jake Gyllenhaal Handbook" ; "Who Traveled to the Moon", by Neil Morris; "Indian News Media: From Observer to Participant"; by Usha M. Rodrigues and Maya Ranganathan; and "Attorney at Law: 47 Most Asked Questions", by Bryan Figeroa.
In 2016 Joe Gutheinz appeared as himself on eleven episodes of NASA’s Unexplained Files on the Science Channel, where a few of his NASA cases were featured, to include his investigations of the Russian Mir Space Station fire and collision; his undercover sting operation to recover the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock (Operation Lunar Eclipse) and his investigation of a NASA Astronaut and CIA Impersonator. Gutheinz continued to film the full-length movie, Operation Lunar Eclipse, where he is featured as an actor in a movie about an investigation he conducted almost two decades earlier. He was again given a perfect AVVO rating; listed as a Top Lawyer by Houtonia Magazine and as a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He also provided expert assistance on a high-profile case involving NASA.
On June 19, 2017, Joe Gutheinz was a guest speaker at the 28th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference in Nashville Tennessee. At the conference, Joe spoke about his Omniplan Task Force Investigation which he led as a Senior Special Agent with NASA OIG. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh called this investigation the most significant in NASA history and it resulted in a 179 felony count conviction against the Omniplan CEO; the closure of seven companies, five after being convicted of felonies, and successful spin-off investigations against fortune 500 companies. Joe also spoke about his drug investigation of employees at the Kennedy Space Center’s Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF); his investigation of the Russian Mir Space Station fire and collision; his investigation of missing Prelaunch Assessment Review (PAR) tapes at Johnson Space Center’s Building 9NW; his investigation of the Russian Space Program; his investigation of the Arkansas Aerospace Education Center; his undercover sting operation, Operation Lunar Eclipse, that recovered the Honduras Goodwill Moon Rock and his investigation of an infamous astronaut and CIA impersonator who secured entry to NASA’s Mission Control.
Michael Gutheinz was recognized by The National Trial Lawyer’s: Top 40 Under 40 in 2016.
Michael Gutheinz graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Political Science. He graduated from South Texas College of Law, Cum Laude, with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence. After law school, Mike served as a Congressional Aide for Congress Member Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs. In February 2007, Mike joined the U.S. Army and served as an attorney with the Judge Advocate General Corps. While in the Army, he practiced in the following areas: family law, adoption, consumer protection, claims against the U.S. Government, and criminal law. In 2009, Mike deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in Afghanistan, Mike was a part-time military magistrate issuing search authorizations. Mike is a former prosecutor with the U.S. Army and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Mike practices both Criminal and Family Law.
James Gutheinz was recognized by The National Trial Lawyer’s: Top 40 Under 40 in 2016.
James O’Leary Gutheinz graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Theology. He was Commissioned an Officer in the United States Army Reserve and graduated from Adjutant Officer Basic Course in 2005. James Gutheinz was mobilized as an active-duty officer in the Army for five years and simultaneously completed law school at South Texas College of Law in December of 2010. While at South Texas College of Law, James interned at a certified domestic violence clinic-Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)-where he participated in complex family law cases by assisting victims in need of legal services. He also interned for the Prosecutor's Office of Pearland, Texas, where he gained vast knowledge in municipal cases dealing with violations of the transportation code and various other misdemeanors. James' focus is primarily on Family Law.
The client was charged with continuous sexual assault of a minor which was dismissed due to the advocacy of defense counsel.
Client was charged with aggravated assault which was dismissed due to the advocacy of defense counsel.
Client’s Felony criminal mischief dismissed when defense established that the alleged victims account and statement of damages was not true.