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Rafael Gil III

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Dothan, AL

5.0   21 reviews
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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2001
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Rafael Gil III was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1975.  He is married to the former Kimberly Phipps of Dothan and has 3 children.  He graduated from AuburnUniversity with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Law, with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997.  He received his Juris Doctor from FaulknerUniversity, Jones School of Law in 2000.  He is licensed in Alabama and the Federal Courts in the Middle District of Alabama.  He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


Our offices have the staff and knowledge necessary to handle any case, large or small.  Our offices have successfully filed thousands of chapter 13 and chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court.  We are dedicated to providing professional legal representation, while providing professional customer service.  Our clients’ cases are our number one priority.  We are dedicated to working one on one with each individual client and provide that personal attention that each client deserves.


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Client's Choice 2014,2013
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5.0 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Janice | May 17, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Janice Lewis
Mr. Gil was very helpful and I will recommend him to everyone I know… thank you so much…
Posted by Chris C. | December 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Mr. Gil was very helpful and was always there to answer any and all questions I had while going through my bankruptcy. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Stanley | March 4, 2018
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Rafael Gill Law Firm Review
Rafeal Gill is extremely caring. I consulted him with a legal issue, and he was clear and percise. A true friend and professional. I can't say enough good things about him and his law firm. Sincerely Stanley.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
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Desperate for advice
Mr Gil sent a compassionate message and included the name of who would contact me and his qualifications. I was contacted the same day by Mr Boothe. He was compassionate, patient and informative.
Posted by Anthony | December 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Awesome attorney who really cares for his clients!
Posted by Jesus | August 20, 2014
Awesome and Professional Attorney
A few years ago a hire this attorney to help me eith Chapter 13 case. He was very professional and knowledgeable. He explained everything to us and was on top of deadlines. I will recomend this attorney .
Posted by Stephanie | August 20, 2014
Excellent Attorney
I felt like Mr. Gil looked out for my best interests. He explained things thoroughly so that I understood everything. He helped lift a burden off of me. He is a wonderful lawyer. I will refer everyone to him!
Posted by Thomas | August 19, 2014
Professional Services with a Personal touch
Rafael is what ALL attorneys should be....dedicated to their CLIENT's best interest First! He constantly answers questions and provides referrals even though my case was closed over a year ago! I only wished he practiced in other areas then i wouldn't need any other lawyers! Professional, Integrity, Compassionate......Rafael Gil is all the above. Thank you Sir!
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Posted by John | August 19, 2014
Great Attorney!!
I hired the Gil Law Firm to handle my bankruptcy case. It went very smoothly and was informed throughout the entire process!!! Attorney and staff are very knowledgable!!!
Posted by Theodore | August 19, 2014
Highest Recommendations for Mr. Rafael Gil III
Mr. Rafael Gil III is a superb, highly qualified attorney. I have used his services twice over the years with excellent results. He is trustworthy, extremely knowledgeable and doesn't nickel and dime his clients like many other attorneys do. He filed all necessary documents in a timely and precise manner. He made an otherwise unpleasant situation palatable. I highly recommend him and his company.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2014
Great Character and Knowledge
After my divorce Rafael was my hero!!! I had never had a issue what so ever in my past. I went to several other attorneys before hiring Rafael; he made me feel as if I were sitting down talking with a friend . Truly could not have gone thru what I had to do with out him
Posted by Roger | October 28, 2013
I needed help with my financial situation and help was there from Rafael Gil!!
When my wife left me unexpectantly in 2008 I struggled with debt accrued in trying to refinance many situations in our life so that we could retire by the time I would be 65. I was soon drowning under the interest alone and was not making any headway in getting out from under this life burden. Rafael not only was extremely professional and highly effective in helping me to see the light at the end of the proverbial "tunnel", but along the way he was a good friend with much good "life in general" advice from one who has a very successful marriage and wonderful children. I not only found financial temporal relief at a very challenging time in my life but I received "free of charge" some excellent spiritual and emotional advice that has helped me find hope again. I highly recommend Rafael to anyone who has strayed from sound economic principles and finds themselves floundering under suffocating debt. He will steer you in right ways and you will be grateful for the professional and informative way in which everything is handled in a timely fashion. His work for me has made a huge difference in my life and the happiness I am now enjoyng after years of struggling.
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Posted by patrick | October 24, 2013
I was able to use the attorney for exactly what the attorney said and did in my case. He is a professional person and was treated so. The help was a much needed release of the debt and stress I was having . I would and will suggest MR. Gil to anybody that needs this kind of service. I was very happy with all that was and will be ..............thanks to Gil law firm
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Posted by Greg | October 24, 2013
Great experience!
I have been interacting with Rafael for a little over a year now. I have never had any issues at all. When I call the staff is always helpful and attentive, and any questions I had were answered expediently and professionally. I highly recommend them.
Posted by Jaishree Patel | October 17, 2013
Real estate review for Rafael Gil
Rafael helped us with a housing subdivision issue. He has actually helped us with two different subdivision issues. He did an amazing job and offered us great advice. I definitely recommended him to anyone.
Posted by scott | October 16, 2013
Why I Would Recommend Rafael Gill
Rafael is the type of attorney that everyone needs. He is very down to earth and speaks with you like you are important to him. He is very knowledgeable in his areas of expertise.
Posted by Carol | October 16, 2013
Gil Law Firm
I have used Mr. Gil and his law firm for several different personal legal matters. He and his staff have always been friendly, helpful and respectful towards my privacy. Mr. Gil has always provided a prompt response to my phone calls, emails, etc., and has kept me informed as my legal matters progressed. I strongly recommend him to anyone that needs legal advise in the Dothan AL area.
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Posted by Thomas | March 14, 2013
A TRUSTED Advocate who Cares about you Personally!
Mr. Gil offers professional services, with a personal touch. I hired him for my legal matters, but he also put a strong emphasis on how my legal dealings would affect my personal life. I continue to have him in my contact database. Why? He is an excellent lawyer who puts Clients before Cash!
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2013
Very Good BK Lawyer
Rafael did a great job of keeping me informed thru out the BK process. At the age of 58 to have to go thru BK was a very troubling experience to say the least but Rafael made it as painless as possible. Would highly recomend him for this type of legal action.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Mr. Gil and his staff was very helpful. I understood the process and how things were going to happen. He eased my mind and has been a blessing to myself and my family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Gil Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Ludlum & Gil, LLC
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Backus & Gil, LLC
  • 1999 - 2004


  • Jones School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Auburn University, Auburn
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Strength v. Strength
  • Physician/Debtor was discharged from his liability to pay domestic obligation debt.


  • Land Mark Park Board of Directors
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 2023 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Chairperson
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Attorneys in the Mid South
  • SL - Peer Recognition & Professional Achievment
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
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  • Amazon
  • The Official Do it Yourself Bankruptcy Kit
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Relief Society
  • Financial Management
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse Rafael
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Truly exceptional and professional attorney with an outstanding reputation in the legal field for providing high quality representation and results for his clients! I highly endorse Mr. Rafael"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rafael Gil is a highly-experienced bankruptcy attorney who I recommend without hesitation. Rafael represents his clients vigorously, yet is willing to work with all parties to reach a fair compromise."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I work with Rafael on a constant basis but on the opposing side. Rafael will always discuss issues and try to work out disagreements while at the same time not compromising his clients position."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rafael for years. He is an honest attorney that always puts his clients first. I believe him to be one of the most knowledgeable bankruptcy attorneys in the state. He is fully capable of handling any bankruptcy or any other legal matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Rafael Gil for a number of years and know that he is respected in the legal community for his abilities in helping those considering bankruptcy or that have debt issues. I highly reccomend and endorse Rafael Gil."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Rafael since we attended law school together. We both went into the bankruptcy field and he has proved himself to be a knowledgeable attorney who cares about his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rafael Gil. For a young man to have the courage to tell people the hard truths about their legal situation is truly impressive. You can't buy the kind of integrity that Mr Gil shows here on Avvo for free."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Mr. Gil for anyone seeking the legal advice of a bankruptcy attorney. I have known Mr. Gil for many years and refer all my clients to him for any and all bankruptcy related issues. Mr. Gil's legal knowledge and unquestioned character has given Mr. Gil a solid reputation throughout the wiregrass area."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Rafael for a number of years and have always found him to be knowledgable, professional, and courteous"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rafael Gil is one of the most experienced Bankruptcy attorneys I know. He's an excellent lawyer, very knowledgeable, and very personal. Clients go to him for help, they get results, and they end up happy. More importantly, I personally know Rafael to be a man of impeccable character and integrity. His word is his bond. I highly recommend this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Rafael Gil. Rafael is very effective at protecting the interests of his clients as they deal with financial difficulties. One thing that makes Rafael so effective is that he limits his practice almost exclusively to bankruptcy. This allows him to constantly keep up with changes in the law and be very good at what he does. Finally, Rafael is trustworthy, and it is without hesitation that I recommend him."
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