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Gabriel John Waddell

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Gabriel J. Waddell, Gabe Waddell

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
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About Gabriel

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    Gabriel J. Waddell represents debtors, creditors, and trustees in Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. He specializes in representing consumer debtors in Chapters 7 and 13 and in bankruptcy-related litigation matters.

    16 years, 700 cases

Attorney Gabe Waddell is a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and is a shareholder of the Fresno firm of Fear Waddell, P.C. He represents debtors and trustees, with particular focus representing consumer debtors in Chapters 7 and 13 and in bankruptcy-related litigation matters.

He is admitted in the Eastern District of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all courts of the State of California.

Gabe received his law degree from the Oak Brook College of Law, with honors, and his B.A. from Thomas Edison State College, and has been representing parties in bankruptcy since 2009. Gabe is the past President of the Central California Bankruptcy Association, is on the Board of Directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum, and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Federalist Society.

Prior to joining Fear Waddell, P.C. Gabe worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, doing public policy, humanitarian, and legal advocacy work. Most recently, Gabe led an international humanitarian organization providing relief to widows and orphans in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has traveled widely, and continues to be active in humanitarian work.  More locally, Gabe serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc., working to provide a “home away from home” for families with critically ill children receiving treatment at Valley Children’s Hospital.

Gabe and his wife Katie live in the Madera Ranchos. When he’s not at the office, you might find him searching for scenic views to photograph, reading a wide variety of literature, or cooking for friends.

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Location

Gabriel John Waddell
7650 N Palm Ave Ste 101
Fresno, CA, 93711

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Reviews

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Posted by Flor | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic
Atty. Gabe Waddell is personable, knowledgeable and always followed through and responded to my calls and questions promptly. He is tough and straight forward whenever needed. The office staff is very helpful and knowledgeable too. He is dedicated to and cares genuinely about his clients. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney who keeps his words. Thank you for the A+ service!
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Posted by Paul S | May 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Could not be more grateful for the service provided
Mr Waddell and his staff are the absolute best. Helped us through a tough time. While it was difficult at times Mr Waddell and his staff are the consummate professionals and had all the right answers when we needed them. Truly a lifesaver.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
the best
I am a senior citizen and Gabriel took me by hand, guided me through the process of bankruptcy with patience, caring and most of all he cared about my feelings and the stressful time i was going through. Excellent attorney. I give an A+
Posted by Lisa | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CHOOSE THE BEST
Gabe Waddell is highly professional, extremely thorough, and compassionate when you need it most. I am grateful for the top-level Chapter 13 bankruptcy service from Gabriel Waddell. Mr. Waddell and his team have you do the hard work up front–you want this so that you are prepared for your court meeting with your trustee and creditors. My court meeting went smoothly, and it was apparent that the level of preparation and expertise by Gabe Waddell and his office paid off, especially in comparison with others. Three other people and their attorneys who appeared before me were required to reappear at continuation dates to supply further documentation, I was not. With Gabe Waddell, you are in excellent hands. Choose the best–choose Gabe Waddell!
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Posted by Sandra | May 27, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
None better!
Mr. Waddell has the integrity, competence, client empathy and respect (very important to me) of any attorney I have ever encountered. After a nasty divorce, I determined to consult more than one attorney for my legal requirement. No need. Mr. Waddell gave me all the information I needed with a free consultation and informed me I was moving in the wrong direction. He even had the great professional courtesy to call me after I left his office to give me to give me additional information I would need. Of course all of his reviews are 10's and he is highly regarded in his community because he is a 10 and beyond. It is so inspiring to encounter a person of such character and high caliber as Mr . Waddell. Thank you Avvo.com for the great service of accurately evaluating attorneys in their realm of expertise and lawyer community.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
If Bankruptcy is absolutely your only option and Dave Ramsey's program is too far out of sight, or in my case, a start-up business gone sour, I would HIGHLY recommend Gabe Waddell and the staff over at Fear Law Group. They were by my side the entire time, as well as provided sound and professional advice with my changing circumstances. I wish I didn't have to file, but I'm blessed to have had Gabe and this law group with me through the process.
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Posted by Sandi H | July 8, 2015
Chapter 13
I would recommend Mr. Waddell to everyone. He's very professional, informative, answered whatever questions I had, great listener and returned phone calls promptly. Kept us updated on everything these last 5 years. Thank You so much for all your help through the stressful time.
Posted by Teresa | June 29, 2015
Absolutely the best attorney ever!!
I filed chapter 7, and Mr. Waddell was absolutely amazing. I was afraid, I had my bank account levied and he made everything ok. I came in on a Tuesday and it was filed by Friday and all actions were stopped. My bankruptcy was discharged and what they were paid for was done, however, I was still having an issue but one call to Mr. Waddell and again it was resolved in 24 hours. I was and still am very grateful for his help. I went to other attorneys looking for help and felt like I was being judged, like they were looking down on me and the situation I was in. I never once felt like that with him, he was very reassuring and promptly took care of any and all occurrences that came about. I can not say enough good things. If you are in need of a bankruptcy attorney, Gabe is your man. He made a terrible situation seem not so terrible.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2015
Chapter 13
Our case for chapter 13 were given to Gabriel John Waddell by Peter L Fear. From the time he handled the case, he was always on top of everything. He answered all my questions in a very professional manner. Three times he had to do modified plans due to changes in our income, finally after five years we got our discharge from the court. We could not have done all these without his unselfish guidance. I highly recommend him and the office of Peter Law Group.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2015
Excellent. Would Highly Recommend
Gage Waddell was a great help in a difficult time. Very professional, listened and answered all questions. Responded to email in a timely manner. Alway ready to help. I would highly recommend.
Posted by jeff | December 29, 2014
Jeff and Alda F
My wife and I really needed someone that would step up and really listen and provide advise that was in our best interest. Gabriel Waddell was the consummate professional. The process was not slam dunk. There were many changes over the period due to adversarial creditors trying to take advantage of us. Gabriel was there every step of the way, helping us negotiate some pretty shark invested waters. Without Gabriel Waddell, we would have failed. His tenacious attitude in and ability to understand and know the law was instrumental in a very favorable outcome. The Attorney/Client relationship was an experience we will not forget. Gabriel Waddell is a credible, trustworthy Attorney who went out of his way prove his worth and the value of hard work and excellent communication. Jeff and Alda F
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Posted by Meredith | November 25, 2014
Atty. Gabriel Waddell
Mr. Waddell has been very helpful and imformative through out the entire 5 years of our chapter 13 bankruptcy. He is patient, professional, and prompt to answer any questions. Mr. Waddell has made the process very easy for my husband and I. I highly recommend Atty. Gabriel Waddell to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
Great Attorney
Mr. Waddell was very prompt in handling our case and continuing problems. I would recommend Mr. Waddell for all your legal needs.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2014
Chapter 13 BK
My husband and I have been very pleased with Atty. Gabriel Waddell and his handling of our chapter 13 bankruptcy. He guided us through our bankruptcy with great knowledge and patience. He was always available to answer any questions we had, easily accessible via email or phone, and always returned phone calls and answered emails in promptly manner. We would recommend Atty. Waddell to anyone who is contemplating filling for bankruptcy.
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Posted by Ruben | June 10, 2014
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
I just completed my Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. Gabriel has been professional, courteous, and nothing but helpful over the years. He has gone over and above guiding me thru this process. He is very responsive and has kept me informed of any changes or issues that had come up thru mail correspondence, email, and phone calls. (even on weekends!) I would recommend Gabe in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Paul | June 9, 2014
Attorney referral in a Bankruptcy
I am a client of Gabriel Waddell and he has responded to my questions and concerns effectively and with great counsel. I would highly recommend Mr. Waddell as an attorney to anyone considering bankruptcy, because I know the character and work ethic Gabe has shared with me. Paul
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Shareholder
  • Fear Waddell, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney and Shareholder
  • Fear Law Group, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Peter L. Fear
  • 2009 - 2013

Education

  • Oak Brook College of Law & Gov't Policy
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re R-----
  • Complicated Chapter 13 successfully completed and discharge entered.
  • M------ v. Department Store Credit Card
  • Case settled when department store creditor agreed to pay damages for violation of the automatic stay.

Associations

  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Lawyer Representative
  • 2019 - Present
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc.
  • Director
  • 2016 - Present
  • California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Director
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc.
  • President
  • 2020 - 2022
  • California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Conference Education Co-Chair
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley, Inc.
  • Vice President
  • 2019 - 2020
  • California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Consumer Co-Chair for 2020/2021 Insolvency Conference
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Judicial Advisory Committee, Eastern District of California
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Director
  • 2013 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • RIsing Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law
  • California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Oak Brook College Journal of Law and Government Policy
  • J.D. Student Editor
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges, Clerks and Bankruptcy Lawyer Representatives
  • Sales of Assets and Compromises
  • 2022
  • Central California Bankruptcy Institute
  • What Comes Next? Ninth Circuit Caselaw Update
  • 2022
  • Staff Program
  • Echoes of History: Ancient Insolvency Systems and Why They Matter
  • 2021
  • Lunch Program
  • Current Issues in Chapter 13
  • 2021
  • Lunch presentation
  • Pandemic Fallout: Helping Clients Recover from Financial Devastation
  • 2021
  • Fundamentals of Bankruptcy
  • Pre-filing Issues for Debtors and Their Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Central California Bankruptcy Institute
  • Echoes of History: A Survey of the Interplay of Culture, Economics, and Law in Ancient Insolvency Systems
  • 2021
  • Luncheon Program
  • Civility in Bankruptcy Practice
  • 2019
  • Business Development Tips and Tricks for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys
  • Opting Out of Chapter 13 "No Look" Fees
  • 2019
  • Lunch Meeting Panel with Hon. Fredrick E. Clement, Glen Gates, and Trudi Manfredo
  • 10 Things About Bankruptcy Every Family Law Attorney (and Family Court Judge) Should Know
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Gabe Waddell. Not only is he a knowledgeable practitioner who can skillfully maneuver complex bankruptcy laws, he is a kind and empathetic person who spends his free time helping the poor, the sick and the underprivileged in our community and around the world. He brings that same compassion and empathy to the practice of law and will be there for you as a trusted adviser in the difficult times."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gabe is a rising star in our profession. He has the requisite knowledge and skills to provide exceptional representation to his clients. A natural leader professionally and personally, Gabe's integrity is well known by everyone who has the pleasure to know him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gabe Waddell has established a great reputation in the legal community for his leadership in attorney organizations, client feedback, and his understanding of the law. From working with Gabe on the Board of the Oak Brook College of Law Alumni Association, I can tell you that Gabe knows how to be a voice of reason, is conscientious, and will do a great job on your legal matter."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Other
"This attorney is extremely well respected in the community and is looked up to by all fellow attorneys. Clients report fantastic experiences with this lawyer and their experience speaks for itself!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have come up against Gabriel in cases. He is tough, but fair, and a pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking for someone who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable and competent. Do contact this attorney for your area representation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Gabriel is an excellent attorney, you can trust him to help you with the most difficult legal proceedings."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Friend
"Not all lawyers or law firms provide the same level of skill and service. In a practice area that can rewrite the entire financial future of a family, Gabe has the skill and experience that makes the difference. I recently spent time talking with him and was impressed with his comprehensive knowledge of both Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy law. If you are considering either option, you are in good hands with Mr. Waddell and the skilled staff at his office."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Other
"I have known Gabe for a long time, both personally and professionally. He has become a masterful bankruptcy practitioner. Whenever I run into bankruptcy issues with my own clients, I contact him first. His advice is always timely and thorough, and I highly recommend him to anyone with bankruptcy questions or those wondering how bankruptcy can help improve their lives."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
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