Ryan D. Childers

Ryan Childers was born and raised in El Centro, California, where his family has lived for almost 100 years. Ryan is a graduate of Southwest High School. In 2001, he received his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Accounting from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and in 2004 at the age of 23 he graduated from the University Of San Diego School Of Law. Ryan and his wife Allison live in rural El Centro and are proud to be raising their children, William and Abigail, as fifth generation Imperial Valley residents.

Ryan has been practicing law exclusively in Imperial County courts for a decade. During that time he has become one of the area’s most widely known and most successful attorneys. After returning home to Imperial County from law school, Ryan worked as a prosecuting attorney in Imperial County for two years, during which time he honed his skills as a strong and effective trial attorney.

After leaving the District Attorney’s office in 2006, Ryan founded Childers & Associates. Since its inception, Childers & Associates has grown from just Ryan in a small office to a firm of three experienced attorneys and seven staff members. Childers & Associates has become one of Imperial County’s most successful and highly respected law firms.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Ryan is an active member of the local community. In 2006, Ryan was elected to serve as a member of the El Centro Elementary School District Board of Trustees and in 2013 he was elected to serve as a member of the Central Union High School District Board of Trustees. In addition to serving as an elected official, Ryan is also a past president of the Imperial County Bar Association, and past president of the El Centro Rotary Club. He has also generously volunteered his time to many other boards and local causes.

In recognition of his achievements and dedication to the community, Ryan was awarded the El Centro Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year award and the City of El Centro honored Ryan and his law firm with one of their prestigious IMAGINE Awards.

In small communities it is important to hire a great attorney who is intimately familiar with the community and the local court system. That local knowledge can make all the difference in your case. Ryan Childers and his team at Childers & Associates can provide you aggressive legal representation you need while expertly navigating the in and outs of a small town and its court system.

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Kevin Earl Lawless

Kevin Earl Lawless was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where he graduated in 2007 Summa Cum Laude from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a double minor in Sociology and Psychology.

Mr. Lawless graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2011 where he received his Juris Doctorate.  While attending Thomas Jefferson in his third year of law school, Mr. Lawless was an active member in the Mock Trial Team, competing in the 2010 San Diego Defense Lawyer’s Competition.   While attending law school Mr. Lawless interned at a number of different law firms and gained experience in fields such as personal injury and social security disability.

In July 2013 Mr. Lawless began working for a San Diego based law firm practicing creditor’s rights. While at that employ, Mr. Lawless sat first chair at over two dozen bench trials, drafted hundreds of briefs both as the moving party and opposing party, arguing many of them at law and motion hearings. Mr. Lawless was also responsible for the firm’s cases that were appealed, thus handling all briefing and oral arguments in front of three judge panels. Through his tenure with the San Diego based firm, Mr. Lawless appeared in courts throughout the State of California, including the counties of San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland, and El Dorado.

In September 2015 Mr. Lawless joined the Childers team bringing to the firm his valuable courtroom and civil experience. Mr. Lawless’ focus is on defending felony and misdemeanor cases, family law, personal injury, and business law matters.  Quickly gaining a reputation for his attention to detail, professionalism, client care, and presence in the courtroom, Mr. Lawless continues to make a name for himself in the Imperial Valley.

In his spare time, Mr. Lawless enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and high school sweetheart, relaxing with their cats “Jack” and “Sassafras”, playing computer games, and working on his car.