William Guthrie, Founder

Over 100 Years of Excellence

For more than a century, Gresham Savage has delivered excellent service and results for national clients. Gresham Savage owes much of its success to the rich legacy of its founder and to the substantial contributions of those who followed.

William Guthrie: A Pioneering Force

Founder William Guthrie opened his solo practice in San Bernardino, California, in 1910.  Like the rest of the country, the city was in transition.  But during the first 20 years of the new century, Santa Fe locomotives brought thousands of new settlers down the Cajon Pass, and the city tripled in size and grew in importance as a crossroads for transportation of people and goods.

Guthrie served as city attorney for 12 years. He became an influential figure in business, political, and social circles, and was an imposing local presence.

Long-Term Clientele

Guthrie’s reputation for getting results grew rapidly, catching the attention of large corporations, including the Southern Pacific Railroad, California Portland Cement Company (still a Gresham Savage client), and American Potash & Chemical Co., (now Searles Valley Minerals, also still with the firm).  In the 1940’s, Henry J. Kaiser hired Guthrie to handle the legal affairs of Kaiser’s then-new Fontana Steel Mill.  Other clients included the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (now the BNSF Railway Company, Fortune 500 international retailers, land developers, and mining companies.

Today: The Region’s Premier Real Estate and Business Law Firm

Gresham Savage has become one of the most influential full service law firms in Inland Southern California. It has earned a reputation for wise counsel, tenacity, and relentless execution in matters concerning a wide range of industries and across a growing array of practice areas.

Since 1910, Gresham Savage has cultivated an enviable track record of success. Even as many companies and the country overall have faced periodic economic downturns, by adapting to an ever-changing marketplace and increasing its capacity in areas of escalating demand, the firm has experienced growth.

Gresham Savage takes pride in its long-term client relationships – some extending more than 70 years – made possible by an uncompromising focus on personal service, integrity, and protecting vital client interests.  Just like with the respect our founder, William Guthrie, commanded in his signature white hat over 100 years ago, Gresham Savage attorneys today stand out from the competition by consistently delivering excellent service and results.


San Bernardino, CA
550 E. Hospitality Lane
Suite 300
San Bernardino, CA 92408

T 909-890-4499
F 909-890-9877

San Diego, CA
401 West A Street
Suite 925
San Diego, CA 92101

T 619-794-0050
F 619-615-2180