Claire Gutekunst, Immediate Past President

Claire Gutekunst 2015
Claire P. Gutekunst

Claire P. Gutekunst is the immediate past president of the 72,000-member New York State Bar Association.

Gutekunst is an independent arbitrator and mediator. She established her practice in 2012, and helps companies, other organizations and individuals resolve their disputes. 

In 2012, Gutekunst was appointed as special master for the New York City Asbestos Litigation, where she served a 15-month term. Prior to that, she was a partner in the Litigation Department at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City. During her nearly 30 years at Proskauer, she handled complex commercial disputes in the courts and in mediations and arbitrations.

Active in the State Bar for 29 years, Gutekunst served as treasurer from 2011–2013 and is currently a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s Executive Committee, the Legislative Policy Committee and the Membership Committee. She previously served on the Executive Committee as vice president for the First Judicial District and as a member-at-large. Gutekunst chaired the Membership Committee, Committee on Women in the Law and Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. She was vice chair of the Dispute Resolution Section and co-chaired the President’s Committee on Access to Justice. She also was a longtime member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. 

Gutekunst is a Maryann Saccomando Freedman Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation.  She serves on the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Gutekunst is a member of the Advisory Council, the National Task Force on Diversity in ADR and the Arbitration Committee of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. From 2004 to 2015, she chaired the Advisory Council of the YWCA-NYC’s Academy of Women Leaders. Between 1997 and 2005, Gutekunst served on the Governor’s Temporary Judicial Screening Committee, the New York State Judicial Screening Committee and the First Department Judicial Screening Committee. 

A resident of Yonkers, Gutekunst received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brown University and her law degree from Yale Law School.