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Guy David Chism

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Los Gatos, CA

5.0   39 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 17 years
    Utah - UT 6 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Guy

Learn Guy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    60%
    Debtor Practice Only.

    18 years, 1,800 cases

  2. Consumer protection
    20%

    18 years, 100 cases

  3. Estate planning
    20%

    18 years, 150 cases

Attorney and Counselor at Law. Bankruptcy, Disability and General Litigation. . United States Coast Guard, Aux Attorney Legal Assistance Branch-JAG.

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Location

Chism Law Offices
Serving the San Francisco Bay Area
Los Gatos, CA, 95030
Chism Law Offices
Serving South Lake Tahoe and Surrounding Areas
South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2020
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Guy was very knowledgeable and talked us through each step of our bankruptcy He eased our minds and made us feel at ease
Posted by David | December 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Guy handled my Bankruptcy and made things as simple and efficient as possible, made sure I understood each step.
Posted by Michael | December 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly brilliant, incredibly sensitive
You would think someone having three doctorates would be an intellectual stiff shirt, but Dr. Chism is quite the opposite. He combines compassion with intellect that makes you feel ok with your situation. He draws from both legal and personal experiences to bring the best solution to the table. Not just an attorney, but a blessing.
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Posted by Judi | December 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Conscientious and Trustworthy
Guy was extremely effective in pursuing a case involving a personal Insurance claim. His diligent efforts on my behalf were proof of his legal Knowledge, and without his help, I wouldn’t have recovered any of my Loss. He’s a Very capable attorney, and I would highly recommend him To anyone who needs an expert in legal matters.
Posted by Jeffrey | December 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney with a heart who will fight for you
Guy was my bankruptcy attorney for both chapter 7 and 13. I would have lost everything if it had not been for him. He was very understanding and did every he could to make the process as painless, respectful, and yet very thorough. I would recommend him to anyone. He is not just a great attorney but a great person.
Posted by Jeannine | December 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Class act
Met Attorney Guy Chism a few years back. Since then Dr. Attorney Guy Chism has been incredible in assisting my husband and I with a very ugly estate case, a living will and estate planning, and now is our Attorney for a non-profit 501c-3 Animal Rescue we have in Utah. We would be lost without the upfront, frank, and honest advice he dishes out. When Guy Chism is busy with another client, he will always get back to you in a timely manner. I never have to worry when Guy Chism is on the our side.
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Posted by Caroll | November 29, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Attorney Chism was wonderful. He's an extremely knowledgeable bankruptcy Attorney. He is detail oriented and makes sure that everything is clear, correct and honest. Attorney Chism from the first time speaking with him, makes you feel comfortable and that he's there so help solve your issues. He's very warm and friendly and you know from the first time you speak with him and he's honest and caring. I would STRONGLY recommend Att. Guy Chism.
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Posted by Aaron | November 29, 2018
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Par Excellence
Guy took time out of his very busy schedule to sit with me on the phone (30 min’s) to clear up an issue with creditor who had clearly acted erroneously. I was so impressed with his demeanor...with just a simple call he was able to get the correction I needed on the spot. If you want an attorney who is ethical, professional, and available when you need him, Guy is your lawyer. I recommend Guy friends, family, and anyone who is in need of great legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Goes above and beyond to help his clients
I had a very difficult situation I needed to navigate and Guy was there every step of the way to provide sound, legal advice. He was always available for questions and guidance, and proved to be 100% corret in his guidance. I couldn't be happier with his service and would recommend Guy to anyone considering the need to file for bankruptcy. It's not an easy thing to decide to do or not, bu Guy will help make that decision at least much clearer.
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Posted by Kelly | November 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend sttorney Guy Chism
Guy is phenomenal! Not only did he come highly recommended from another attorney I hold in high regard and provide excellent legal services, but he looked at my entire situation and provide the best solution taking into consideration all factors...and he truly cared about me and my outcome! I highly recommend him!
Posted by Andrew | November 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer money could buy wish I had him earlier in life at a few other cases.
Very friendly up front and didn’t try to shade the truth or hide anything. Was very perfessional and caring as well.
Posted by Deborah | July 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the best!
Guy Chism is unlike any attorney I have dealt with in the past- he is honest, approachable, straightforward and LISTENED to what I had to say. I found myself in need of setting up a Will to protect what little I have for my daughter. He gave me the pros and cons of setting up a Will/Trust and I am now confident that that my last wishes will be carried out. I would recommend him to anyone that might need a trustworthy attorney that won't rip you off- what he quoted for his services, is what I paid.
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Posted by anonymous | June 27, 2017
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Knowledgeable, experienced bankruptcy guidance & support.
My wife and I initially consulted with Guy in 2011 about the possibility of filing for personal bankruptcy. Having no never experienced anything like this we were naturally very intimidated about the process. Guy very patiently listened to our concerns, educated us about the process and our options and provided us with the information we needed to make the best decision for us. We retained Guy and filed for Chapter 13 in 2011. Throughout the process Guy has provided continuous counsel and support. I am happy to report that we successfully completed our plan and were discharged earlier this year. I would encourage anyone experiencing financial difficulty to consult with Guy. His knowledge, experience and guidance will enable you to make an informed decision about your financial future. His compassion and sincere concern for his clients well being are limitless. With Guy in your corner you never feel alone even in the most difficult of circumstances.
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Posted by Lisa | February 27, 2017
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Genuine
After suffering a catastrophic medical event and the death of two family members, I found myself in a world of hurt. Debt collectors were calling so constantly that I had to unplug my phone. Dr. Guy Chism helped me through the inevitable: Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I think part of what makes him so effective and efficient at helping you through the process is that he genuinely cares. He is a good listener and responder. He will command honesty and full disclosure from you, and you will find yourself in a much better place. When I needed help, he never left me hanging. In some of my darkest moments, I could feel God's Spirit at work. Dr. Chism has sent me job leads, also. I wouldn't have been surprised to have been billed more for his extra help. That didn't happen. 2017 is bound to be a much better year! If you find yourself in need of his services, rest assured, you will be in good hands!
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Posted by Paulette | April 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
TOP NOTCH ATTORNEY NOT LIKE THE OTHERS
Guy is an extremely competent and knowledgeable attorney. He is easily accessible, and if he (on rare occasions) does not have the immediate answer will get it to you in short order. Clearly, I hope I never need his services again but if I do, I will call him with great assurance that his professionalism and integrity are superior
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Posted by Duane | April 13, 2016
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Awesome Superlawyer
Guy is a classy statesman yet down to earth and approachable. He helped me with my legal needs and took something very stressful and made it live able. He is very protective and goes out of his way to teach what's going on and allow the client to learn and understand the process so I could appreciate the end result.
Posted by Christine | July 23, 2015
Superb Attorney
Guy handled my bankruptcy and my divorce a year later. He made two very difficult decisions easy for me. He is professional, trustworthy, and had my and my children's interest in mind. All of my questions were answered and e-mails were returned in a timely manner. My divorce involved many military forms and calculations., which Guy handled with ease. If your divorce is a military divorce, Guy David Chiism is the attorney for you!
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Posted by Heather | January 23, 2015
Awesome Attorney
I couldn't be happier with the experience I had while retaining Guy as my Attorney, he is very professional and a realistic, he will not advise you to do anything that is not in your best interest. I have completed my case but if I ever need legal counsel again, he would be the first one I call.
Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2014
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This man is a lawyer like few I've met...honest. He handled things quickly, with little interruption to the rest of my life, and professionally. All costs were discussed during our initial conversation. The amount I was quoted was all that I paid.
Posted by Christine | February 20, 2014
The Best of the Best! Excellent Attorney!!!!
Guy Chism is very professional, easy to talk to and has his clients best interest in mind. He handled my bankruptcy and made a very hard decision easy. Guy Chism answered all of my questions, returned my calls in a very timely manner. Guy Chism did not judge me, he listened to me and guided me through the bankruptcy process. I 100% recommend Guy Chism for your attorney. Guy Chism is the best of the best!!!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Aux Attorney Legal Services Command
  • United States Coast Guard JAG
  • 2007 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Offices of Guy David Chism, Esq.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Asst Dean-Adjunct Professor
  • Silicon Valley Law School
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Adjunct Professor
  • New College School of Law
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Tutor/Instructor
  • Law School Tutoring Services
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Bar Exam Educational Services
  • Flemings Fundamentals of Law
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Law Administrator
  • Sutton Law Group
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • Masters International
  • Doctor of Divinity
  • 2013
  • New College of California School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Oral Roberts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Associations

  • Max Gardners Bankruptcy Boot Camp
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Coast Guard JAG
  • Legals Services Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2007 - Present
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Alumni Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer/Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer/Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer/Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Meritorious Award
  • United States Coast Guard Aux
  • 2013
  • United States Coast Guard Spirit of Excellence
  • United States Coast Guard Judge Advocate General
  • 2010
  • Meritorious Service
  • United States Coast Guard
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Contra Costa Bar Association
  • The Answer Man
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • United States Coast Guard Foreclosure Seminar
  • Foreclosures, Loan Modifications, Bankruptcy
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Guy is a graduate of my Consumer Bankruptcy Boot Camp and is doing great work in California for consumers."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ethical, very bright, hard working, and personable. Judges respect him."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work 100%! Guy is a phenomenal attorney who works with a spirit of excellence of the highest degree. He is exceptionally intelligent, creative and committed. He is a man of incredibly generosity of heart, time and energy, giving himself and his talents and skills selflessly for the benefit of both his clients, volunteer work and others in the legal community. He is an excellent attorney with exceptional knowledge and experience. He pursues higher level training readily to "bring more to the table" for his clients and offers what he learns for the betterment of the legal community at large. Guy is a man of tremendous character, compassion and diligence and an attorney who effectively marries both the letter of the law with its spirit. He practices law effectively and and in doing so, does much to improve the lives of his clients and friends with his "extra mile" approach to life and law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Guy Chism is a very experienced, competent and cordial attorney. He coached me while I was preparing for the NY and the CA bar examination, supported and still does support my professional development and career, and is a great friend of mine."
Real estate Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Guy Chism is highly trained in the collateral areas of BK including FDCPA, ECOC, RESPA, TILA, etc... One of a select few that are mentored and trained by Attny Max Gardner, highly regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and expert consumer BK Attny in the entire country. Guy Chism is a consumer oriented and caring Attny that can handle the tough ones, too."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Guy Chism is an outstanding and caring professional. We has an terrific understanding of the law and the legal process and uses his knowledge for the benefit of his clients. He is a competent and zealous advocate for his clients. I highly endorse Mr. Chism."
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