E. Eugene Gunter, founder of Gunter Hensley, P.C., was born in Franktown on Virginia’s Eastern Shore on July 16, 1934. He attended the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in French and was inducted into the Delta Pheta Phi Honor Society. He then earned an LLB from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1958 (JD, 1970) and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Legal Fraternity. He was admitted to practice law in Virginia in 1960.
Mr. Gunter opened his law practice in 1960 in a small office on the second story of a building on Boscawen Street. Not long thereafter, he moved his law firm to the historic Kent Building at 16 South Kent Street where he continued to practice law until his death at the age of 75 in 2009. Mr. Gunter served as the Commonwealth Attorney of Frederick County, Virginia from 1968 to 1970, but spent the vast majority of his career representing individuals in criminal, domestic relations, personal injury and similar matters. He was a member of the Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Gunter was a zealous and tireless advocate for his clients and was accompanied to his office each day with his faithful dog, McGinty.
“In the heart of every lawyer, worthy of the name, there burns a deep ambition so to bear himself that the profession may be stronger by reason of his passage through its ranks, and that he may leave the law itself a better instrument of human justice than he found it.”
– John W. Davis
“[The law] is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by trifling favors, but by lavish homage.”
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– Joseph Story, (1779-1845)