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Francis John Gist III

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Fresno, CA

5.0   3 reviews

also known as John Gist

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Francis

Learn Francis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

    25 years, 1,260 cases

  2. Consumer protection
    We help find alternatives to Bankruptcy when Consumers are faced with aggressive debt collectors. Often, we help impoverished seniors for no charge.

    25 years, 300 cases

Our mission is this: To remove our clients from a difficult situation and place them confidently on a much better path. We want to replace hopelessness with realistic hope. Our clients will regain confidence that the future will be much better. In other words, we love to help people, and enjoy helping them achieve success!


Mr. Gist has worked to increase his clients' understanding of the very complex issues found in Bankruptcy Law. He does not believe in allowing non-professionals to do what an attorney should be doing. For that reason, Mr. Gist spends much time with his clients. He doesn't turn over his clients to a secretary or a paralegal to ask the very important questions. He does not give his clients a long questionaire to answer. He knows that his training as a Consumer and Bankruptcy Attorney has uniquely prepared him to be a very good advocate for those who need protection from creditors or for those who need to file Bankruptcy. Therefore, he prefers to know his clients very well by meeting with them personally. This increases his clients' comfort level and gives them confidence that their case will be handled professionally.


Mr. Gist only recommends that his clients file Bankruptcy if that is the best option for them. He offers a free, personal two hour consultation, and even provides clients with free forms that will help some of them avoid filing Bankruptcy. Since avoiding Bankruptcy is simply not possible for everyone, Mr. Gist knows that it is necessary to spend time with his clients, in order to assess what is best for each of them. Just as no two people are the same, he knows no two clients are alike. Mr Gist treats each client according to their own unique circumstances and needs.


The relationship between an attorney and his client is based upon mutual trust. Mr. Gist uses the free consultation to introduce himself thoroughly to his clients, to give them the confidence that they are choosing the right law office. He also assesses his prospective clients to determine whether they have any fears that need to be addressed. He wants his clients to walk out the door following their first meeting feeling as though they have been educated enough to make a proper decision and confident that with the help of the F. John Gist Law Offices, they will develop the right plan for a much brighter future.




The F John Gist Law Offices
1040 E. Herndon Ave., Ste. 103
Fresno, CA, 93720

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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
I am blessed to have John Gist take on my case. My family and I are very grateful for all the work he has done for us. He was very professional and assertive when taking care of my complex difficulties involving chapter 11 and 7. John Gist is the most trustworthy and hard working lawyer person that I have ever met. He truly is dedicated to bringing the best results no matter the situation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent lawyer
I am very happy that I used Mr. Gist. Mr. Gist was very helpful, he listened to what I had to say and what I wanted. He gave me some options as to what could be done after we talked. Then we came up with a plan that was best for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Gist to everyone.
Posted by Xiomara Calderon | November 20, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bankruptcy Attorney
I am inpressed with Francis J Gist, Thank you very much with the extensive legal advice, I only wish that he were close enough for me to go to his office for a face to face consultation. Thank you and God Bless
Response from Francis Gist November 24, 2015
Most kind of you, Xiomara! I appreciate the kind words. It is difficult to face the challenges you are facing. I will try to locate a decent attorney closer to you, if you like. You can email me at [email protected]. God Bless You!!


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Paralegal Professor
  • Fresno City College
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney/Owner
  • F. John Gist Law Offices
  • 1994 - Present
  • Lecturer
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 2005 - 2008


  • San Joaquin COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Secondary Teaching Credentials
  • 1986
  • California St Univ Long Beach
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983


  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1997 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Honorable Mention, George Hopper Moot Court Competition
  • San Joaquin College of Law
  • 1990
  • Dean's List
  • California St. Univ. Long Beach
  • 1983
  • Dean's List
  • Long Beach City College
  • 1981
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have learned that like myself, Mr. Gist is giving serious personal attention to his clients and not just running a factory. I believe that the only way to prepare a bankruptcy is by going over every question with my client face to face and not trying to cut corners or take shortcuts. Mr. Gist shares this belief. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gist is a very experienced and effective advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am aware of his ongoing efforts to advise people on Avvo. The quality of his answers clearly show that he has the skills of a quality bankruptcy lawyer. They are well thought out. Moreover, the answers reflect an attorney that actually cares about people, including those that are far from where is offices are and he knows will never be his clients. In addition, he is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA.) That further reflects his commitment to the consumer debtor as it reflects that his primary clients are consumers an small businesses. I believe any individual that goes to him for help will be well served by hem."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gist provides a thorough analysis of the questions put to him, in a clear, understandable fashion. Clients will have a well qualified advocate in their corner."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gist is an true advocate for his clients in every sense of the word. You'll have a hard time finding anyone as honest, straight forward, and dedicated to helping his clients as John."
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