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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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Chapter 7: 10%



Hourly ($150-300/hour), contingent (15-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Kory M McConnell

    I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many satisfied clients to Mr. Childers. He is knowledgeable, compassionate and well respected within the legal community and is capable of handling any civil and/or criminal case you may have.


    Kory McConnell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Jason B Christmann

    Mr. Childers handles all his clients' matters with the utmost professional, effective representation available. I highly recommend Mr. Childers.


    Jason Christmann Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Childers and Associates

1430 Broadway Street
El Centro, CA, 92243


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
IMAGINE Award for being a Motivator in the Business CommunityCity of El Centro2013
Young Professional of the YearImperial Valley Young Professionals & the El Centro Chamber of Commerce2011
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Trial Attorney RecognitionImperial County Deputy District Attorney's Association2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChilders & Associates, Attorneys at Law2007 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyImperial County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Central Union High School District, Board of TrusteesTrustee2012 - Present
Mid-Winter Fair Heritage FoundationBoard of Directors / Vice-President2011 - Present
National Association of Conumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
El Centro Rotary ClubPresident2012 - 2013
Imperial County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
El Centro Elementary School DistrictBoard of Trustees - President2008 - 2011
El Centro Rotary ClubBoard of Directors2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hit and RunThe case settled for six figures.
Chemical BurnCase settled for between $30,000 and $100,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
California State University, California Polytechnic State UniversityAccountingOther - Bachelors2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
How to Handle a DUI case for the Legal ProfessionalDUI2012
Annual Employment Law UpdatesEmployment Law2012
AB 1825 Employee TrainingSexual Harrassment Training2011
Understanding Employment Law for EmployerEmployment LawN/A