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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 has served the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office since 1997.

He was promoted in 2003 from Deputy City Attorney to the position of Supervising Deputy City Attorney and is currently assigned as the Supervisor of the Public Safety and Land Use Section.

Mr. Martinez has practiced municipal law for 15 years. He began his career in the Advisory Section 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 seven 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 building and land use divisions of CDD to advise on land development, zoning and code enforcement from cradle to grave.

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 La Raza Lawyers Association and the St. Thomas More Society.


Mr. Martinez received a B.A. from California State University, Chico in 1990, and a law degree from Santa Clara University in 1994.