Jerry E. Callister

Of Counsel

Jerry practices law on a limited basis since his semi-retirement in October 2013.


1970 Juris Doctor
University of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law
Berkeley, California

1967 Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Experience and Background

Jerry joined the firm in 1972, and is the senior attorney of Callister, Hendricks & Spencer.  After receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting, Jerry concentrated his legal efforts in the areas of business, tax and estate planning, and local government. He has helped many individuals and families start, re-organize and grow their farms, businesses and estates and has assisted them in designing plans to preserve the value of hard earned assets for future generations. He has provided direction for the administration of estates and trusts, and he has served as general counsel for several local water districts.


  • A.V. (Highest) Rating in legal ability and ethical standards from Martindale-Hubbel, based on peer review
  • Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Presentor: “Mechanics Liens”
  • Estate Planning Seminars (presentor) in conjunction with Paine-Webber (now UBS Financial) and other finanical planners in Merced and Fresno
  • Merced College Foundation  – assisted in original formation
  • Boy Scouts of America – Wawona District Chairman (1990-1992)
  • University of California Merced – Medical School Promotion
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Former Stake President, Bishop, Temple President, and President of the Mississippi Jackson Mission (1985-1988)
  • Enjoys music, swimming, theater and the arts
  • Merced Rotary Club President 1992-93
  • Merced County Bar Association President 1977

Memberships & Associations

  • California Bar Association
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society

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