Adam J. Gutride

San Francisco
Adam Gutride class action lawyer San Francisco


  • Yale Law School, J.D. (1994)
  • University of Chicago, A.B. (1991)

Prior Associations

  • Keker & Van Nest (2001-2002)
  • (Vice President, 2000)
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Associate, 1995-1999)
  • Hastings Law School of the University of California (Instructor in Legal Research & Writing, 1997)


Licensed to practice in California. Not licensed in any other states.

Mr. Gutride is a founding partner of Gutride Safier LLP and has served as co-lead counsel in each of the cases litigated by the firm.

Mr. Gutride has successfully argued several of the seminal consumer class action cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. These include Just Film v. Buono, 847 F.3d 1108 (2017), which established that a class could be certified to pursue claims under the federal Racketeering and Corrupt Practices Act even though class members suffered different injuries; Stearns v. Ticketmaster, 655 F.3d 1015 (2011), which established that a class can be certified even without proof that all persons in the class were misled; and Chavez v. Blue Sky, 340 Fed. Appx. 359 (2009), apparently the first food labeling case decided in the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed that deceptive statements on a soda can were actionable if they motivated the purchase.

Mr. Gutride also has defeated motions to dismiss and obtained class certification and in most cases multi-million dollar settlements in numerous other nationwide and multistate class actions involving product mislabeling, false advertising and unfair practices. His cases have involved olive oil, white chocolate, ginger ale, flushable wipes, flash memory, hard disk drives, computer operating systems, and video rentals by mail. Mr. Gutride spoke at the 2013 National Institute on Class Actions regarding food mislabeling.

Previously, Mr. Gutride litigated at the San Francisco based law firms of Keker & Van Ness and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. During that period, Mr. Gutride represented the governor of California before the California Supreme Court and handled a nationwide securities class action against Merrill Lynch. Mr. Gutride also has served as an Instructor in Legal Research and Writing at the Hastings Law School of the University of California.

Mr. Gutride is a member of the state bar of California and several federal courts. Mr. Gutride received his juris doctorate from Yale Law School and his bachelor of arts from the University of Chicago.