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Rick D Banks

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fresno, CA

4.7   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
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Rick earned his law degree in 1999 from San Joaquin Law School in California. Before starting his legal career, he was a successful business owner for 20 years. Prior to that, Rick spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy.

Rick is a member of the California Bar Association, Fresno County Bar Association, the Los Angeles Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.


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Law Offices of Rick D. Banks
1080 W Sierra Ave #105
Fresno, CA, 93711

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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Experience
To qualify myself as a consumer of legal services: I've worked with four family attorneys in two California counties, so my opinion is somewhat comparative. My experience with Rick Banks' Law Office was very good. He was the same attorney in the courtroom as he was in the office--consistent, knowledgeable and reliable. His staff members were as savvy and honest as he was. Regarding value, the service was on par with the rates, so I feel my money was well spent.
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Posted by Ryan | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Best attorney in the area!
To anyone going through a divorce or child custody Mr banks has my recommendation and for the single dads that are fighting for your rights I highly recommend Mr banks!!! As a dad and deployable service member starting in on a divorce and child custody case my mind was racing with concerns and fears of losing my kids the rumors are out there about courts and fathers and I heard them all and that brought me to The Law Offices of Rick Banks. Mr. Banks and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly to their clients and in my case were able to quickly put things in motion and change them as needed and in court I was pleased with how everything was handled he was firm in any negotiations and in front of the court he didn’t sugar coat anything he said what was wanted and fought for it and in the office his staff is on point they quickly get any paperwork done that you need done and keep communication open with you on the whole process. I walked away with sole physical and legal custody so 5 stars from me I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Michael | February 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Banks and his team quickly, efficiently, and most importantly - successfully took my case through to resolution. I hired Mr. Banks in October, interviews were conducted and information gathered immediately, and court dates were set. We closed the case successfully in early January. Great attorney, great staff, and most importantly, the results we wanted.
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Posted by Jamie | November 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results Again
Mr. Banks has represented me twice, and both times he was able to get the results I was hoping for. If I ever need an attorney again in the future, I won't hesitete to hire him a third time.
Posted by janet | July 2, 2014
Life Turning Point Great Rescuer
Rick D. Banks, attorney at law, handles my case with no time waste, he provids free consultant with easy understanding language right after I left message on his voice mail regarding need help to file bankruptcy. Consultant he gave providing so much information to help me to understand what type of bankruptcy I may need and what is the impact may happen to me. After I made decision to file it, I experienced Rick D. Banks attorney and his wonderful staff Miss Leanna Gonzales are great team to work with. They are specialties and knowing exactly what documents court are looking for. Whole processing went through smoothly, took about 6 months starting from my initial phone call to the final court decision. Now I can start fresh and not going to make same mistake anymore. I strongly recommend attorney Rick D Banks to handle your case. Not only because his specialties, friendly stuff also his fee is very reasonable to me. He is really a great gentleman wanting to help people not taking the opportunity to make big money.
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Posted by Kimberly | August 29, 2013
Highly recommend, great attorney, great staff!
I hired Rick Banks as my attorney in Dec. of 2011. Even after a divorce and child custody hearing several years before, I had never needed attorney services prior to this time, when I had decided to move out of state with my 2 minor children. I was very relieved to have someone like Rick working on my behalf due to the fact that I knew nothing about the laws in this type of case, and the other party was extremely uncooperative. After only a VERY short time with Rick as my attorney (about 1/4 of the time I had originally expected and planned on the case and court dates taking), and many attempts at negotiating with the other party, Rick was finally able to reach a "deal" that we both agreed on without ever having to step foot into a courtroom. His staff was always very friendly and very helpful as well. I highly recommend Rick Banks and his staff to take care of your legal needs.
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Posted by Ms. Garske | July 4, 2013
A great choice...
Rick Banks and his office staff were professional, prompt, supportive and kind throughout the entire process of my legal matter. I felt secure and knew I was in good hands during a very scary and difficult time in my life. One hopes they will not need an attorney again, however if I do, I feel strongly that I will turn to Mr. Banks again for assistance.
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Posted by Barbara | July 2, 2013
An honest lawyer with integrity
This attorney and his staff make sure that you completely understand the bankruptcy proceeding and explain all options in lieu of filing. I have never felt such confidence in a lawyer. Although I have not had the need to hire an lawyer since my divorce in 1989, I have worked with many in the courts and Rick Banks is one of the best.
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Posted by Yvonne | July 2, 2013
One of Gods angels with a Heart of Gold
I was stressed, broke, an in a hopeless situation without an Attorney when My husband had his Attorney serve me. I sent emails to 3 Attorney's listed on the website, where I explained my marital issues and my financial hardship. Mr. Rick D. Banks not only responded to my email, He did not balk at my inability to pay right away. In Mr. Banks email to me he advised me to contact his office and set up a free consultation appointment. Upon contacting Mr. Banks office I was greeted by Helen who scheduled me up for a 1 hour free consultation. When I arrived at Mr. Banks office I was extremely nervous but his staff Paralegal Helen Garcia an Administrative Assistant Leanna Gonzales were, courteous, friendly and professional. During my consultation Mr. Banks was friendly, courteous, extremely intelligent and knowledgeable. He listened to me and was very compassionate and understanding regarding my financial situation. Mr. Banks was compassionate enough to take my case and My file and collection of documents were started that very day by Leanna. Mr. Banks Paralegal Helen Garcia, has been a God sent to me, she is helpful, efficient, attentive, responds to emails immediately, explains the process and what is expected. She has the ability to set your fears at ease. Mr. Banks has even given me advise on and issue of me being sued that had nothing to do with my Divorce. On July 1, 2013 I had a court date for Attorney fees. Mr. Banks arrived on time, dressed very impressively and prepared. Mr. Banks not only negotiated Attorney fees, he was also able to negotiate the spousal and child support payments. This was done because Mr. Banks has a great working relationship with opposing Counsel and this greatly benefited both parties. Mr. Banks even showed great compassion to my soon to be Ex-husband by giving him time to pay the Attorney fees and letting him make three payments instead of one. Because of Mr. Banks ability to work with opposing Counsel, the remaining divorce issues will be mediated with a 4-way sit down with the opposing Counsel/client and Mr. Banks/Myself. I would highly recommend Attorney Rick D. Banks and his staff to anyone who will listen.
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2012
Excellent Legal Team
Rick Banks took care of all our legal needs and kept us informed the whole way through. I was impressed and over joyed that I didn't have to worry about anything. Everything went smoothly and went quicker than expected. I would recommend Rick Banks and his team for any legal service.
Posted by Randolph | October 23, 2012
Great legal advice with timely responses.
Rick was able to review my situation and come up with a timely game plan! The paperwork was ready when Rick said it would be and he handled all my needs in an easy to understand format that made it very easy for me. I would highly recommend Rick for your legal matters, once you meet him you will come away with a whole other respect for lawyers and how they can help you.
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Posted by Felipe | October 22, 2012
Strategical and very professional. Provided results for my children and assisted in removing them from a hostile evioronment
I went through a bad separation where my kids were constantly being put in harms way, and for just about one year we went back and fourth with cps, the sheriff and the mediator classifying me as a jealous ex-husband in seek of revenge, I was getting no where with them. Mr.Banks and his staff took my case and analyzed every detail in its entirety, developed supportive evidence with clarity and was able to bring to light the real reason behind my claims which were to provide a safe home with hope for growth and success for my 5 babies. After many court hearings (and just a piece of advice no matter how bad you have it, remember to stay calm and be very patient, this stuff takes some time.) Mr. Banks took action and demonstrated the inability and the irresponsibility of the childrens mother and got the courts to grant me full sole, legal and physical custody with no visitations to the mother. Right now Mr. Banks is currently handling my divorce.
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Posted by Gina | September 3, 2021
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Biased Attorney
Biased attorney 100%! Be careful and make sure he agrees with what you're asking for or he won't fight for you in the court room. He will just sit there and say absolutely nothing and let you get destroyed by the other parties attorney like he did to myself! He was a waste of time and a waste of money! I would never recommend this man to anybody!
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Response from Rick Banks September 6, 2021
I am definitely not biased Gina, and I did not sit in court and "say absolutely nothing." When someone hires me to represent them, I give my all for them. Unfortunately, when a client does not hire an attorney until late in a case, it is difficult for the attorney to undo the damage in the case that has already been done, as was the case here.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Rick D. Banks
  • 2000 - Present


  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Fresno City Coll
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bridges v. Del Monte Foods Company
  • Case settled
  • Client prevailed in binding arbitration.
  • Castro v. Rodriguez
  • Case settled during trial
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  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Central California Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick Banks serves the needs of the families he represents in bankruptcy and divorce. As a bankruptcy attorney, he focuses on thoroughness before filing to ensure clients' petitions meet the scrutiny of the Fresno Bankruptcy Court. He offers a free emailed Bankruptcy Guide."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick is a competent lawyer, who makes sure that his clients get all the attention they need, and giving them the maximum protection under the law that is available."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rick Banks. Although we have not met in person, I have been impressed with his posts on a national listserv to which we both contribute. He is clearly committed to providing the best service possible to all of his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick Banks is a highly skilled and professional attorney. You can trust that he will give you insightful guidance through your legal matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rick Banks. He works on behalf of his clients to ease their financial situation and the burden of too much debt."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Is a zealous advocate for his clients. Call him and you can trust you will be treated fairly and represented with the highest degree of competence"
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mr. Banks. He is a good advoate for his clients works well with opposing counsel to help his client's cases reach results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Banks. I have known him for about 15 years as a Lawyer. Rick is not only an aggressive Advocate for his clients, he is also a successful Author of a nationally available legal self-help book. He genuinely cares about his work and his clients, and it shows in his results."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick's a great lawyer. He's always thoroughly prepared, aggressive and does not take shortcuts. I have referred clients to Rick in the past and will undoubtedly do so in the future. I know they will be well taken care of, by both Rick and his staff."
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