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City of Opelika, City Attorney
Post Office Box 390
Opelika, Alabama 36803-0390
608 Avenue A
Opelika, Alabama 36801
Guy Gunter joined the City in 2013 as the in-house City attorney.
Gunter, a 1966 graduate of Opelika High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1970, and then graduated from the University Of Alabama School Of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree. He was admitted to practice law by the Alabama Supreme Court in 1973. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He has also tried cases in the State Courts of Alabama and the federal courts.
Upon his graduation from the University of Alabama’s Law School, Gunter served for a while in the U.S. Army, and after passing the Bar Exam Gunter moved back to Opelika and became a part of the Law Firm, “Maye, Melton, Kent & Gunter”. In 1977, Crawford Melton joined the firm, and in 1978, Michael Kent left the firm to establish a practice in Auburn. The firm then became known as Melton Gunter & Melton. Thomas S. Melton retired in 2000 and Crawford Melton and Gunter continued the practice as Melton Gunter & Melton.
Gunter is the fifth attorney from his law firm to serve as the appointed City Attorney for the City of Opelika. Its first law partner, Mr. Arch McKee was appointed in October 1952, and served in that capacity until his death in 1964. Then partner Carl Maye took over and served until his retirement in 1971. At that time law partner Thomas (“Pep”) Melton was appointed City Attorney and served the city until 1973. After Melton, Michael Kent became the appointed City Attorney until 1975. In August, 1975 Gunter was then appointed the City Attorney, and has served in that capacity ever since, in addition to maintaining his private law practice until December 2013.