Brande L. Gustafson

Bar Admissions

United States Supreme Court 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

All courts of the State of California

Ms. Gustafson practices civil litigation with an emphasis on civil rights defense and personal injury defense. She defends public entities and their employees in complex high profile cases involving various aspects of public entity liability in State and Federal courts. Her clients have included school districts, police officers, deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, probation officers, elected and other public figures, including sheriffs, chiefs of police, and heads of public agency departments.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Gustafson worked as a contract paralegal for the United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of California managing case materials for affirmative civil litigation. During her time as a contract paralegal, Ms. Gustafson participated in litigation involving wildland fire cases; Internal Revenue Service tax summons enforcement; and enforcement of criminal restitution, special assessments, and fines.

Professional Activities and Affiliations

Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

2015 and 2017

Federal Bar Association
2017 President
2016 Vice President/President Elect
2014-2015 Secretary

Judicial Advisory Committee
2017-2019 Member-at-Large

Fresno County Bar Association

Fresno County Women Lawyers

San Joaquin College of Law Alumni Association
2014-2015 President

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada

Honors and Recognition

2015-2017 - Named as a Rising Star in Northern California
Super Lawyers


Juris Doctor, 2009
San Joaquin College of Law

Bachelor of Science, 2005
Criminology (Emphasis in Victimology)
Minor in Spanish
California State University, Fresno

Brande L. Gustafson
Associate Attorney

Telephone (559) 221-5256

Facsimile (559) 221-5262

Areas of Practice

  • Public Entity Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Police Liability
  • Correctional Liability
  • Child Protective Services Liability
  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property

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