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Gary R Stickell

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

4.6   11 reviews

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About Gary

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    I represent individuals filing Bankruptcy under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. My particular niche is individuals who own or owned businesses.

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    39 years

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy

    39 years

Licensed for 40 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1982
Updated 03/17/2023

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Law Office of Gary R. Stickell
301 E Bethany Home Rd Suite B-100
Phoenix, AZ, 85012-1259


4.6 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by StevenJen | February 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service, Great Results
My wife amd I had paid another attorney for BK advice only to have the then worst experience of out life. Gary stepped in on recommendation of the BK help center and WOW what a difference! Gary, and his staff, were knowledgable, helpful, kind, and thorough. Not only did he have to redo the entire case, but he helped us get our money back from the other attorney who had us in the wrong chapter of bankruptcy. Gary even was able to save our personal injury claim of $27,000 where the other attorney told us we would lose it in the BK. Gary was so knowledgeable about the process, that we he found the right, legal, and ethical way to save us from disaster. He is also a good family man, kind to his clients, and is well respected within the BK community. We have had to have the Department of Justice involved in our previous case involving the other attorney and we even had to go to court as a witness against the other attorney and having the DOJ, the US bankruptcy attorney, and other staff from the DOJ involved, they all knew Gary, and seemed to really have a great deal of respect for him. At the end of the day, you won't find a nicer man that can do a job as good as him, in the valley. My wife and I highly reccomend this knowledgeable and professional attorney. His staff is also very kind and always smiling. Thank you for all you have done for us and may God bless you amd.your clients.
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Posted by Pete | May 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical, honest attorney!
Five years ago our situation was dire and we luckily found Gary. His calm demeanor with his professional approach was key to us choosing Gary. He walked us through the process and we were successful getting us out of debt and giving us our lives back. Today, five years later, I called and left a message with the receptionist with one question for Gary. He quickly responded with a couple of documents I was seeking. He is a class act of a man and an excellent attorney. We got lucky to find Gary.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gary is a lifesaver!
My husband and I had developed a substantial amount of debt over the years of raising four children, relocating multiple times, and serious health issues on top of everything. Our son recommended Gary from a friend of a friend. I was little skeptical if he would really be able to help our situation. Fast forward a year later and as of today our debt was settled and we are excited to start with a blank slate! Gary was helpful and fair. Would definitely recommend him for anyone who needs some help getting rid of their financial debt! Thanks Gary!
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Posted by Brad | February 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer Who Cares
I came to Gary after leaving my original bankruptcy lawyer who didn't have my best interest at heart. From the moment I met Gary I could tell that he was a good man. And as it turned out, he proved to be way more than that. My bankruptcy was complicated. I owned several companies and one of my creditors had filed a frivolous lawsuit against me. Gary came up with creative solutions that no other bankruptcy attorney I consulted with (I spoke with seven top rated lawyers) even considered. His creative thinking saved me from additional hardship, litigation, and legal fees. Don't hesitate to use Gary.
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Posted by Donna | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and caring help in winning our case by Mr Gary Stickell
Gary Stickell and his assistant Michelle went over and beyond on our case. I tried to handle the Bankruptcy Court issue by myself but it was way too difficult. We hired Mr Stickell to represent us. Both Mr Stickell and Michelle were knowledgeable, efficient, caring and kind. They were both truly a blessing. We obtained the best possible outcome on our case. I highly recommend Mr Stickell. He was excellent!!!
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Posted by Kevin | February 25, 2014
Excellent, Knowledgeable, Professional with a heart.
Gary Stickell and his staff are wonderful. We appreciated the great work and the kind approach. He is the kind of attorney that can give attorneys a good name! He truly cares, was great at follow through, and incredibly responsive. He was quick to catch things that would help us and made the process much more bearable. I am still very grateful to this wonderful attorney.
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Posted by Ken and Racquel | February 14, 2012
Highly recommended!
Gary was referred to us by our Accountant who stated “this lawyer knows what he is doing and is straight to the point” This was our first experience with a lawyer but Mr. Stickell put us at ease and made us feel that everything would be alright. We had a million questions for him concerning our bankruptcy but Gary always took the time to answer each one sometimes over the phone or in his office if the answer was more complicated. Mr. Stickell handles each case personally when you hire him as your lawyer you really do get him as your lawyer. His legal assistants Michelle and Carrie are excellent very prompt and courteous about returning phone calls or emails, but they always refer to Gary first before answering any legal questions you may have. We did Chapter 13 first then converted to Chapter 7 on October 2011 and in less than 4 months we got our discharged order. Everything went smoothly. We are very pleased and we strongly recommend him for any area of bankruptcy.
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Posted by Doug | September 26, 2011
I am so thankful we found Gary. We unfortunately started our case with another attorney and 1 1/2 years later and many problems we can now say we are finally on the right path thanks to Gary. His understanding of the laws and how they apply to our case specifically has been a life saver!
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2011
Hope within the Tempest
I just wanted to take a moment to comment on the numerous ways Gary Stickell and his associates have changed our lives: 1. First, and foremost, the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy allowed us to make our mortgage payments and remain in our house 2. The phone calls from debt collectors stopped immediately after Gary filed our bankruptcy petition. My wife and I are no longer terrified when the phone rings and can breathe with relief 3. The mail from collection agencies stopped. We are no longer terrified about what might be in the mailbox that will ruin another day 4. We were provided HOPE when there seemed to be none, and a huge weight of stress and despair was lifted off from our shoulders 5. We accepted that filing for bankruptcy did not make us social outcasts – the stigma of old is gone with millions of people walking in our shoes now, or about to walk in our shoes 6. We are still living our lives basically the same as before the 2008 stock collapse, although a lot more prudently Gary is a straight-forward attorney who sympathizes with his clients. He asks the critical questions that will be used to address the Trustee’s concerns. And his staff is absolutely wonderful. They all care and are there to assist you in your time of need. I can’t say enough about how much our family is indebted to Gary for his professionalism and proficiency. I have referred others to him, and will continue to do so in the future. There is HOPE out there, and Gary will assist you in grasping it!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2011
Absolutely Tremendous!!!
Mr. Stickell took care of our very difficult bankruptcy with remarkable care and caring. His skill and knowledge allowed us to get through a very distressing and lengthy process with assurance that everything was going to be ok and all would work out. We could not be more pleased! Strongly recommend him for any area of bankruptcy, especially the combination of business and personal issues.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 4, 2012
Terrible Office
We never were able to determine what Mr. Stickell was capable of. He performed a garnishment service for us but his staff was unresponsive and frankly very unprofessional. There is one young lady in particular that will hang up on clients and is very confrontational. Customer service is extremely poor so I would not recommend this attorney nor his office EVER.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)


  • Juris Doctor
  • 1981


  • Arizona Bankruptcy Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2011 - Present
  • Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
  • Past Chair
  • 2010 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award
  • Bankruptcy Section, State Bar of Arizona
  • 2014
  • Member of the Year
  • Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
  • 2011
  • Award of Special Merit
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Chapter 13 Workshop
  • Chapter 13 Workshop
  • 2014
  • “New and Old Realities About Real Property and Bankruptcy, Protecting Debtors in the Ever-Changing Real Estate World.”
  • "Attorney Fees”, “Lien Stripping” and “Compelling Abandonment of Real Property”
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Arizona Convention
  • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • 2013
  • “Trial Practice in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases”
  • Dischargability Complaints in Bankruptcy
  • 2012
  • Consumer Bankruptcy 101
  • Property Exemptions
  • 2012
  • State Bar of Arizona Convention
  • “Update on Exemptions and Conversion Issues from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7”
  • 2012
  • “Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy: Line-by-Line Workshop.”
  • The Means Test
  • 2012
  • Bankruptcy Practice Series
  • “Malpractice and Getting Paid"
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Gary
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is a great lawyer who is both knowledgeable and accessible. He is an asset to both his clients and the Arizona bankruptcy bar."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is an excellent bankruptcy attorney who not only does a great job for his own clients, but willingly shares his knowledge with other attorneys in Arizona so that the practice of consumer bankruptcy improves across the board."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Over the course of the last 20 years I have followed the career and practice of Gary Stickell with particular interest. I have been the beneficiary of his willingness to share insights, teach, and train. His knowledge of bankruptcy law is second to none. He consistently comes up with unique and practical perspectives to share with his colleagues. I have worked for years with Gary as he has prepared CLE seminars and other educational programs. He knows his stuff. I know first hand how much he truly cares about his clients and their lives. His relationship with the courts, the bankruptcy trustees, and creditors counsel is an incredible resource for his clients. Gary consistently gets things done. He makes big things happen. He is a unique and important part of the consumer debtor field in Phoenix and Arizona. Gary is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys in the State of Arizona. This is how he earned his prestigious Award from the State Bar of Arizona."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Gary to be an extremely knowledgeable and caring bankruptcy attorney. He has many years of experience and has handled all aspects of chapter 7 and 13 consumer cases."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a Managing Attorney for a nonprofit, federally-funded Legal Aid program in Northern Arizona. In October 2011, Gary generously donated his time to give us a training presentation on bankruptcy. His presentation was lively, informative, and very engaging for all of our attendees, who I am sure are now better equipped to incorporate basic bankruptcy knowledge into their practices. Gary's willingness to give of his time makes a real difference in the lives of many of the lowest-income residents of Arizona, and we are deeply grateful for it."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gary Stickell for many years. He is a great bankruptcy attorney and a wonderful man. He treats his clients with great respect and courtesy. Gary is dedicated to making sure that his clients are fully represented. Not only does he focus on providing the appropriate advice about bankruptcy, but he also helps his clients understand the issues that arise outside bankruptcy: such as deficiency issues, divorce and credit challenges. He is so committed to making sure that the general public receives good bankruptcy advice that he started a mentoring group for beginning bankruptcy lawyers. The group has grown to 180 members. As a fellow bankruptcy attorney I can recommend Gary without any reservations."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is one of the most knowledgeable and creative lawyers I know. He is one of the few that I trust enough to refer clients to when I am unable to help them."
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Phoenix Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Gary R Stickell
Gary R Stickell
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 40 years
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