Ryan Stearns

Top rated Family Law attorney in Torrance, California

Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan
Ryan Stearns
Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan

Practice Areas: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1993

Education: Southwestern Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
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Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan

City National Bank Building
21250 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503 Visit website


As managing partner of Stearns Kim Stearns & Ryan, Ryan Stearns represents clients throughout all of California, maintaining offices in both the South Bay and Santa Monica. Mr. Stearns has been trying cases for over 28 years in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate/Civil Litigation, Employment, and Probate/Trusts. He is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified by the State Bar of California. Mr. Stearns has tried and mediated in excess of 300 Civil/Business/Real Estate, Family Law and Probate/Trust matters, and handled in excess of 700 Request for Order and law and motion proceedings. He is often referred by retired judges.

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

Family Law, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, Real Estate: Business

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1993, California

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

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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Los Angeles County Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1987
  • 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
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
Representative Clients:
  • SAS Interior Modules, a Faurecia Company: a French and German automotive company specializing in assembling cockpits for vehicle manufacturers, notably, Tesla. , 2019
  • 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
  • In defending a class action wage and hour lawsuit where damages ranged $7 million and $13 million, negotiates final settlement in low-mid six figures. , 2020
  • 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
  • Verdict for plaintiff trust expunging and terminating deeds of trust against real property owned by trust for debts in excess of $3 million recorded by unaffiliated lenders in connection. , 2019
  • 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
Industry Groups:
  • National Institute Of Trial Advocacy

Office location for Ryan Stearns

City National Bank Building
21250 Hawthorne Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90503

Phone: 310-793-9570


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023

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