Kaitlyn M. Guptill
Kaitlyn Guptill joined the Lynn Law Firm in January 2023. Kaitlyn brings considerable, broad litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels. She leverages that experience to find practical, effective solutions for the firm’s clients.
Kaitlyn had the unusual distinction of serving the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office as both a felony trial prosecutor and an appellate attorney. In the first role, she engaged in voluminous and varied pretrial motion practice; interviewed and prepared victims and witnesses for often difficult testimony; and conducted trials of violent felonies, including weapon possession and attempted murder. In the latter role, Kaitlyn undertook significant legal research, prepared appellate briefs and responses to postconviction motions, and argued before the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. Working in this dual capacity gave Kaitlyn deep, nuanced perspective about best practices and strategic decision making.
Kaitlyn’s knowledge and judgment were valued outside the District Attorney’s office: she also served as a trainer certified by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services. She conducted in-service training on key legal issues for recruits and officers with the Syracuse Police Department, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Town and Village Police Agencies, and the United States Secret Service.
Kaitlyn serves on the board of directors for the Central New York Women’s Bar Association, where she has served on the Judicial Screening Committee. She also is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. She resides in Marcellus with her husband and daughter.
Kaitlyn grew up on her family’s fourth generation dairy farm in South Onondaga, where she worked alongside her grandfather, father, and siblings. She attended the State University of New York at Albany, holding leadership positions in the departments of Residential Life and Campus Recreation. During the summers, she interned for Hiscock Legal Aid Society and the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Sex Offender Management Bureau. She graduated magna cum laude after just three years, with dual majors in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and minors in journalism and education.
Kaitlyn attended Albany Law School, where she was a Moot Court Program Board Member and Vice Chair of the Donna J. Morse Negotiations and Client Counseling Competition, Interschool Moot Court Competitor in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and Queens County District Attorney Mock Trial Competition, and Themis Bar Review Representative. Kaitlyn served as a judicial intern to the Honorable William A. Carter in Albany City Court. She held an externship during her second year with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes Bureau. Kaitlyn was selected to participate in the Albany Law School Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic with a part-time placement in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office during her third year. She is a member of the Order of the Barristers, and received the 2017 Capital District Trial Lawyers Association prize for her dedication to trial practice and the trial skills demonstrated during trial team competitions with other law schools nationwide. Every summer, Kaitlyn returned to Syracuse and interned at the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office while assisting on her family farm.