Atty. Gutoc completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Philosophy and Human Resources Development from San Beda College in 2004, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 2010. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2011.
He began his legal career as an Associate Lawyer of Lara Uy Santos Tayag and Danganan Law Offices where he handled civil and criminal litigation, intellectual property, labor, administrative, election, corporate, and immigration law.
Eager to render public service, he joined the government as an Attorney VI for the Commission on Elections in mid 2012, serving under then-Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph. In the Commission, he headed various committees, conducted training of key personnel for operational matters in both national and local elections, and advocated for the improvement of election regulations.
In 2013, Atty. Gutoc served as the Head of the Committee on the Ban of Firearms and Security Personnel, a member and key resource person for the Executive Committee on Gender and Development, and a member of the Legislative Committee responsible for drafting various bills on poll regulations, among others.
Concurrently, Atty. Gutoc, a practicing Muslim, also served as a legal consultant of the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
Atty. Gutoc is focused on criminal defense. He also currently practices labor, law, administrative law and government relations. One of the founders of the Firm, Atty. Gutoc served as its first managing partner.