James Heston, Principal Attorney

James was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. James graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1988 with a degree in business administration, specializing in finance. James then went on to attend and graduate from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California. While in law school, James interned for both a federal bankruptcy judge in Los Angeles and the Texas Supreme Court.

After graduating from Pepperdine, James moved to Houston and founded The Heston Law Firm, a consumer law firm concentrating in bankruptcy.

James is a proud member of both the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Houston Association of Debtor’s Attorneys and the Bankruptcy Law Sections of both the American Bar Association and the Texas Bar.

In 2006, James partnered with Daniel Ciment and expanded the focus of the firm from just bankruptcy law to its current, much broader orientation of debt relief law. In his career as a debt relief lawyer, James has helped over 10,000 Texans resolve their debts either through bankruptcy, debt settlement, or debt lawsuit defense.

Gayle West, Associate Attorney


A native Texan who has been practicing law since 1992 and never ventured far, Gayle graduated from Houston Baptist University and then attended South Texas College of law during which time she was married and had three children. Upon being sworn in at the Capital of Texas, Gayle opened the Law Office of Gayle A West and it continued for 38 years. The general practice included work in criminal law, family law, wills & trusts, real estate, and minor work in other areas.

For over the past ten years, Gayle has specialized in Consumer Law, mostly in the Texas Hill Country. Other than a few months representing plaintiffs, she has focused on debtor defense, representing defendants as an appearance attorney for all court proceedings. Gayle is now employed by Heston Law Firm to continue representing defendants in consumer law.