Jerry E. Callister

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
  • Business Entity Formation & Governance
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Public Entity Work (Special Districts)
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Business Contracts and Transactional Work


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

1967 Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with a minor in Economics
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah

Experience and Background

Jerry joined the firm in 1972, and is the senior attorney of Callister, Hendricks & Spencer.  Having received 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 provides direction for the administration of estates and trusts, and he has served as general counsel for several local Water Districts and Community Service 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, and President of the Mississippi Jackson Mission (1985-1988)
  • Active family member – married to Kathy Callister, father of 7 children and has several grandchildren
  • Enjoys music, swimming, theater and the arts

Memberships & Associations

  • California Bar Association
  • Merced Rotary Club (President 1992-93)
  • Merced County Bar Association (President 1977)
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society


In November 2013, Jerry began a three-year assignment to serve full-time as Temple President of the Fresno, California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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