Ryan Stearns

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Torrance, CA

Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan
 | 3424 Carson St, Suite 670
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 310-793-9570
Fax: 310-793-9575
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As managing partner of Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan, Ryan Stearns represents clients in Santa Monica and Torrance, California. A family law specialist certified by the State Bar of California, he has over 25 years of experience. His practice focus includes all matters of family law such as child support, child custody, divorce/dissolution of marriage, visitation rights, termination of parental rights, restraining orders, property division, guardianships, business valuation, modification of support, pre and postnuptial agreements, name changes, and cohabitation agreements.

    Before practicing family law, Mr. Stearns mediated and tried more than 300 cases of real estate issues, business and civil law, and probate and trust matters. His clients consist of real estate developers and small and mid-sized businesses. A former lecturer for the Los Angeles County Bar Association, he is also included in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy as an advocate.

    He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts. At Southwestern University School of Law, he then earned a Juris Doctor in 1992. Currently, Mr. Stearns is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in California. Although a trial is the final option and he prefers finding solutions earlier in the game, he is fully prepared to go as far as necessary to help his clients.

    Mr. Stearns is a member of the American Bar Association’s litigation section, the South Bay Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. His community service and pro bono activities include former service on the Southwestern University School of Law’s board of visitors and the board of trustees for the Palos Verdes Art Center.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Family Law
    • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Will Contests, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

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    California Board of Legal Specialization

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    About Ryan Stearns

    Admitted: 1993, California

    Professional Webpage: https://sks-lawyers.com/our-lawyers/ryan-e-stearns/


    • Denominated as an "advocate" with completion of trial school., NITA, Trial Advocate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 2004
    • Southern California “Super Lawyer”
    • Graduate of trial school focusing on contested Family Law matters, Trial Advocate, Houston Family Law Institute, 2009

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, 2011

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • South Bay Bar Association
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    • California, State and Federal Court, 1993
    • American Bar Association, Litigation
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee, Family Law, 1993

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Trustees, Palos Verdes Art Center. Outside Counsel, Pro Bono., 2017
    • Boys and Girls Club, Los Angeles. Contributor, 2018
    • Family Law Mediator, Los Angeles County Superior Court. 2004 to Present, 2004

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer, Los Angeles County Bar Association


    • Publicly traded company to pay high six figures in confidential settlement to former employees for past due wages and attorney’s fees and costs incurred., 2017
    • Judgment for client wife that husband solely liable for $200,000 in alleged loans from parents, the trial court finding husband committed fraud in connection with the same and breached fiduciary duty., 2015
    • Successfully defend Family Law judgment from being set aside on claim of fraud and duress following 8 day trial with client retaining approximately $35 million in assets awarded under judgment., 2019
    • After balancing Family Code Section 4320 factors, spousal support in long-term marriage forever terminated where brain surgeon originally ordered to pay $26,000 in monthly spousal support, with periodic step downs thereafter, 2018
    • Custody granted to mother in out of state move away, 2016
    • Defense verdict for shareholders of corporation alleged to have aided and abetted other shareholder in commodities futures scam, 2018
    • Restraining order denied and fees awarded against husband for filing baseless claim against wife, 2016
    • Summary Judgment for defendant home developer on $23 million personal injury claim by construction worker, 2017
    • Settlement reached day before trial. Wife to be paid approximately $2 million from husband for business husband alleges his separate property. Pre-trial settlement offer by husband, 2018
    • Verdict in wrongful death action for children of mother killed by stepfather. Residue of marital estate awarded to children, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • N & L Commercial Properties, LLC. Reals estate developer and investor. $100 million in assets. Outside counsel in transactions and litigation, 2015
    • Wedgewood Enterprises, Inc. Real estate developer and commercial holding company. $250 million in assets. Outside counsel, litigation, 2019
    • Rich Development Company-J.W. Rich Investments. Representing since 1995. Real estate development and management company. Approximately $100 million in assets, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Berkeley, 1987

    Industry Groups

    • National Institute Of Trial Advocacy
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    Office Location for Ryan Stearns

    3424 Carson St
    Suite 670
    Torrance, CA 90503

    Phone: 310-793-9570

    Fax: 310-793-9575

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    Last Updated: 7/27/2020

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