About US

The Law Firm of Gaston & Gaston was first established in 1981 by the partnership of Ian F. Gaston and Albert S. Gaston (Father of Ian) and is continued through the collaboration of Ian F. Gaston and Albert Gaston’s grandson Frederick W. Gaston.

            Albert Gaston graduated from Murphy High School in 1931, after which he “read law” with the firm of Dozier & Gray for three years.  He then attended Cumberland Law School in Lebanon, Tennessee, where he earned his law degree in one year and was then admitted to the State Bar of Alabama.

            To begin, Albert Gaston practiced law with the Federal Government for seven years in Washington, D.C. as principal construction attorney for the Federal Public Housing Authority.  It was during that time he earned an L.L.M degree from Catholic University.

            In 1946, Albert Gaston left the Federal Government to enter private practice and thus began to build a respected name in the private practice of law.  Albert handled both criminal and civil cases in both the Federal and State courts throughout his career which continued until his passing in 1988.

            In 1968, Ian Gaston, son of Albert, graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law 4th out of 107, and immediately began to help his father in building the family practice.  Shortly thereafter, a partnership was formed with other local attorneys, with various modifications through 1981, following which Ian and Albert Gaston established the firm Gaston & Gaston. 

            Marian Gaston (Daugher of Ian) is currently in her tenth year as a criminal defense trial attorney.  After receiving her B.A. at Emory University in Atlanta, she attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall, thereby planting the seeds for an extension of the Gaston & Gaston firm on the west coast.

            Upon her graduation in 1996, Marian moved to San Diego where she has worked as a trial attorney for the San Diego County Public Defender.  Her current practice is exclusively felony criminal cases in the central courthouse downtown.  Ms. Gaston is an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law.  She also teaches for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and within her own office.  

            In 1998, Frederick W. Gaston (Son of Ian) first came to San Diego to visit his sister Marian, and was immediately convinced that San Diego was indeed America’s Finest City.  In an effort to make San Diego his new home, in 1999 Frederick Gaston left his position in the Navy, stationed in Honolulu Hawaii, and began his legal studies at the University of San Diego.

             Upon graduation Frederick immediately began work to continue the family tradition of quality legal counsel and to continue the firm name of Gaston & Gaston.

            Currently, Frederick W. Gaston is the lead counsel in all matters and cases of Gaston & Gaston, San Diego.  Ian F. Gaston, being both the mentor and father of Frederick W. Gaston, is “of counsel” and offers advice, counsel, and guidance in all matters which would benefit from his experience and significant wisdom in the practice of law.