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Gustavo L. Martinez, Supervising Deputy City Attorney

Practice Areas

In addition to the assignment described below, as the police advisor, Mr. Martinez oversees the legal work provided to the Chief of Police that includes preparing, drafting, and reviewing agreements, ordinances, resolutions, general orders, and other legal documents and instruments on behalf of the Police Department. 

Background and Experience

Mr. Martinez joined the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office in 1997 as a Deputy City Attorney. He was promoted in 2003 to the position of Supervising Deputy City Attorney. He is currently assigned as the Supervisor of the Community Advocacy and Public Safety Division.

Mr. Martinez has practiced municipal law for 24 years. He began his career in the Advisory Division where he prosecuted code enforcement cases, trained code enforcement officers, and drafted legislation to broaden and strengthen the City’s ability to address code violations. He then moved to the Litigation Section where he defended and prosecuted a variety of civil cases including torts, civil rights, employment, and breach of contract. He also tried multiple jury and bench trials.

In his most recent assignment, Mr. Martinez is charged with supervising six attorneys that provide legal advice to the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Police Department. This work includes overseeing the criminal prosecution of all City code infractions and misdemeanors, partnering with Problem-Oriented Policing teams to combat criminal and social nuisance activity, and working with the Justice for Neighbors program to address the City’s worst-of-the-worst nuisances and security threats to the City’s neighborhoods.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Martinez is active in local charitable and professional groups having served as a board member of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; currently serving as a board member of the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California; and is a present member of the Cruz Reynoso Lawyers Association, St. Thomas More Society, and the California District Attorney’s Association.


Mr. Martinez graduated from California State University, Chico in 1990with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Santa Clara University, School of Law in 1994.