A resident of Manhattan who grew up in the Glens Falls area, Gutekunst received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brown University and her law degree from the Yale Law School.
Gutekunst is an independent mediator and arbitrator for commercial and other disputes. As special master for the NYC Asbestos Litigation, she is responsible for resolving disputes concerning discovery and trial readiness issues, holding settlement conferences and assisting administrative and trial judges in managing the dockets of all asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases filed in New York City.
Active in the State Bar for 24 years, Gutekunst most recently served as vice-president of the first judicial district of the State Bar’s Executive Committee and chaired the Membership Committee. She co-chaired the Special Committee on Rules for Consideration of Reports. She previously chaired the Committee on Women in the Law and the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section’s Executive Committee and the Committee on Diversity. She also is a Maryann Saccomando Freedman Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation.
Gutekunst is a frequent speaker and author on issues relating to trial practice and alternative dispute resolution. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the National Task Force on Diversity in ADR of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR). From 1997 to 2006, Gutekunst served on both the New York State Judicial Screening Committee and the First Department Judicial Screening Committee. She also chairs the Advisory Council of the YWCA-NYC’s Academy of Women Leaders.