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James Joseph Fishel

Family Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

4.6   10 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family law includes; Child Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Alimony, Divorce, Legal Separation, high Net Worth/ High Asset Divorce, Mediation, Domestic Violence and preparing Pre/Post Marital Agreements.

    32 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    This area includes fighting traffic tickets and criminal defense cases.

    33 years

  3. Adoption
    This area includes Step Parent Adoption.

    33 years

  4. Criminal defense
    This area includes Juvenile Law and sealing your juvenile record.

    33 years

  5. Guardianship
    This area includes Conservatorship matters.

    33 years

Attorney James Fishel took the California Bar Exam in February of 1990 and passed on his first attempt. James was admitted to the California Bar in July 1990. In 1990, James established his practice in Northern California. James enjoys helping individuals and small businesses solve their legal problems and challenges.

James loves "techie" stuff. He designed and set up the computer network for his office. He even laid all the CAT-6 cable. He picks his own routers and switches. He has written several computer programs designed to make the office more efficient.

James Fishel is a current member of the following organizations; The California Bar, The Contra Costa County Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association.

James Fishel has over 25 years experience practicing law. James Fishel has the goal of providing his clients with the support and guidance they need in the often complicated and emotional challenges of broad array legal issues and challenges.

James loves being an attorney and he really enjoys helping people solve complicated and difficult legal problems. He tries to be a very friendly and comfortable person. His style reflects his personality. Instead of working in a fancy and intimidating high rise, James chooses to work in a small business that he shares with a Home Health Care Agency. His office is not pretentious. He likes to make his clients feel relaxed and at ease when coming to his office. If he is not appearing in court for the day, you will often find him in his office blue jeans or sometimes even shorts instead of a suit. His goal is to make the process of finding solutions as painless as possible. 

Licensed for 37 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/04/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/08/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Fishel Law Firm, Attorney and Counsellor
1375 Locust Street
Ste 200
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596-4528


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by William | April 8, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Easy and Fast Results!!
I used James because he was in my network for a home repair dispute. He was very friendly and his demand letter got me exactly what I needed! Thank you Mr. Fishel!
Posted by Tom | April 14, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Helping Me Get My Feet on the Ground
I'd put off starting my case partly out of confusion about what to do, in what order. My Fishel reviewed my docs and walked me through the changes and the next action steps. His guidance will make a postive difference in how the case goes. Mr. Fishel has been clear, concise and compassionate. I greatly appreciate both him and Sunny Debord in his office. I will be working with them on the next steps.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2019
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Attorney Fishel helped me walk into my hearing with confidence!
I am beyond grateful for finding Attorney James Fishel and Paralegal Sunny DeBord. When I retained him, he had less than a month to get up to speed. I was extremely impressed by his ability to review a very long and complicated custody/DV case with an eagle eye for detail. He also had the ability to get the "big picture", which included the safety of me and my children. He was able to hold a solid understanding of the past, present and our future need with ease. His methodology and organization was stellar (this is a nod to Sonny as well). His strategy was solid. His demeanor in court was respectful, kind, diplomatic AND razor sharp. I'd rehire him again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2018
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Speeding ticket
I got a speeding ticket which resulted in a hefty fine that I thought was exorbitant for going a little over the speed limit in a commercial area. I consulted with James Fishel to see if I have any available options, and I am so glad that I did. After talking to me in detail, he contested my ticket with a detailed written response. All i had to do was submit the response to the court. My ticket was waived and I was found not guilty. I will highly recommend James Fishel for his knowledge and his professionalism.
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Posted by Catherine | May 24, 2018
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Satisfied client
I needed to resolve a property issue involving an ex-spouse with whom I'd lost contact about 25 years ago. I found Mr. Fischel and his paralegal Sunny to be friendly, efficient, and easy to work with. I happily returned to Mr. Fishel when I needed advice on another post-divorce issue (no further action was needed!) and will not hesitate to contact him again if necessary.
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Posted by Alex | January 9, 2018
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Knowledgeable and Patient
As many know, divorce is very stressful. When I first met with Jim, his demeanor and ability to help me get through my case, made me feel at ease. His approach was to get me through the process with spending as little time as possible in the court room. I was extremely happy with the results of my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Hardworking Team that get results.
Attorney James Fishel and Paralegal/Notary Sunny DeBord make one excellent team. Prior to hiring this fine team, I was paying a nightmarish amount to an Ex who didn't deserve a dime. James and Sunny quickly got this under control and, before too long, were able to have any payment cease altogether. If a need arises, I will hire them again.
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Posted by Roxanne | May 25, 2015
Thank you James!
Mr. Fishel was always available to me, (even on very short notice) with great advice and service, in a very sensitive family matter. I will forever be grateful to him! THANK YOU JAMES FISHEL!!
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2009
Very good!
Jim's philosophy was to put the best interest of the children as the highest priority & that was my mission also in my divorce. It was not a contentious divorce & he helped maintain that theme. Every now & then, I would get excited about something and Jim would help me strategize and offered great advice. Highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2007
A Bitter Disapointment
Mr. Fishel turned out to be the epitome of what people despise in lawyers. Beyond the typical over billing for services never rendered or padding time (even for times that I was right in the office and could never have spent the time he accounted), his absolute act of "lawyerism" was to not show up to my court date!! You figure that if I can drive 500 miles with my 1yo son in tow that Mr. Fishel could have at least shown up to the appt. He instead played like he had no idea that he should have been in court, even after he was the one that got the date in the first place!!! (Yes, I have the court records that show my attorney-of-record not present!!) He was an OK person to talk with and work on issues with, but he failed me miserably when the time came. I would avoid this attorney unless you have no other choice!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Fishel Law Firm
  • 1990 - Present


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Walnut Creek Family Lawyer James Joseph Fishel
James Joseph Fishel
Family Attorney
Walnut Creek, CA
Licensed for 37 years