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Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron PC, Merced, California

About Us

FIRM BIOGRAPHY

Canelo Wallace Padron & Mackie PC was established in 1959 in Merced, California.
Canelo Wallace Padron & Mackie PC is a full-service law firm offering clients representation and support in the following legal disciplines: personal injury, family law, business law, employment law, public agency representation, workers’ compensation, estate planning, probate administration and unlawful detainers.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION
The firm is rated as “AV” (the highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory for legal services.

RICKEY D. WALLACE

Rickey D. Wallace is a partner in the firm. He has 31 years of legal experience and has used this time to become one of the premier trial attorneys in Merced County. Mr. Wallace focuses on personal injury actions and general civil litigation in his practice. Martindale-Hubbell, the leading attorney resource guide, assigned Mr. Wallace the “AV” (highest available) rating.
EXPERIENCE
1978 – Present: Attorney, Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron PC, Merced, California
1977 – 1978: Assistant to City Attorney, City of Marysville, California
1976 – 1977: Legal Intern, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office
1989 – 1994: Associate Professor, Civil Litigation and Torts, Humphrey’s College
EDUCATION
1974: B.S. Degree, University of Santa Clara
1977: J.D. Degree, University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law
PUBLICATIONS
Chapter 38 “Depositions of Expert Witnesses” 3 Weiner, Innovations in Pain Management
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2005 “Super Lawyer” as awarded by San Francisco Magazine and Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine
Selected in the top five percent of practicing attorneys in northern California for personal injury by Law and Politics Magazine
AFFILIATIONS
1991: Past President of Citizens Advisory Committee - Merced City School District
1995: Head Coach of Merced Youth Baseball Pony League Championship Team
1998: Past President Merced County Bar Association
1982 – 1986: Executive Board Member of Consumer Attorneys of California and Merced County Chapter President
Member of American Association for Justice (Formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)

JAMES P. PADRON

James P. Padron is a partner in the firm. He has practiced law for 24 years and performs actions in the areas of business transactions, personal injury and workers’ compensation. Mr. Padron and his support staff also speak fluent Spanish. This ability allows our firm to communicate with and serve Spanish-speaking clients in the Merced community.
EXPERIENCE
1984 – Present: Attorney, Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron PC, Merced, California
1982 – 1984: Law Clerk, Canelo, Hansen, & Wilson, Merced, California
EDUCATION
1969: A.A. Degree, College of the Sequoias, Visalia, California
1979: B.A. Degree, College State University, Fresno, California
1984: J.D. Degree, UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Plaintiff’s Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation
Family Law
General Business Matters
SPECIAL SKILLS
Spanish Fluency
AFFILIATIONS
Catholic Charities Board of Directors
Playhouse Merced Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors
Catholic Churches of Merced
Saint Patrick’s Parish Music Ministry

Andre La Roche

Andre La Roche is an associate in the firm. He graduated from the Stanford Law School in 2009 and was the Associate Editor of the Stanford Law and Policy Review. He is admitted in, and has practiced law in the states of California and Washington. Mr. La Roche focuses on civil litigation with experience in commercial litigation, employment law, business transactions, mediations and personal injury. He was born and raised in the Central Valley.
EXPERIENCE
2014- Present: Attorney, Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron PC, Merced, California.
2011-2014: Attorney, Perkins Coie, Seattle, Washington and MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, Seattle, Washington.
2009-2010: Attorney, Public Advocates, Inc, San Francisco, California.
2008: Legal Intern, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC
EDUCATION
2005: B.A. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Honors: Deans List, 2002-2005
2009: J.D. Stanford Law School, Stanford, California. Stanford Law and Policy Review, Business Manager, 2007-2008; Associate Editor, 2006-2007. American Constitution Society, Director Judicial Relations, 2007-2008.

KENNETH R. MACKIE

Kenneth R. Mackie is an associate in the firm. He has 4 years of legal experience and brings to the firm a background in both public education and business. Mr. Mackie practices in the areas of: employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation; personal injury and workers' compensation; business transactions; general civil litigation; and appellate advocacy.
EXPERIENCE
2009 - Present: Attorney, Canelo, Wilson, Wallace & Padron, P.C., Merced, California
2007-2009 - Attorney, The Law Office of Kenneth R. Mackie, Merced, California
2005: Legal Intern: Public Employment Relations Board, Sacramento, California
1994 - 2009: Teacher, Planada Elementary School District, Planada, California
2001-2009: Consultant, Stanislaus and Lake County Offices of Education
EDUCATION
2006: J.D. Degree, with Distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
2000: Master's Degree in Education, Administration and Supervision, California State University, Stanislaus
1977: Bachelor of the Arts Degree, Music, California State University, Stanislaus
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
2003: Fundamental Rights in Europe and the United States under Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Salzburg, Austria
2003: Using International Law to Protect the Individual under Professor John C. Sims, Salzburg, Austria
2004: Comparative Law under Professor Luis F. Del Duca, The Hague, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France; Vienna, Austria and Oxford, United Kingdom
2004: International Business Transactions under Professor John A. Spanogle, The Hague, Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France; Vienna, Austria and Oxford, United Kingdom
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2006: Outstanding Student Service Award, UOP McGeorge School of Law
2006: Witkin Award: Civil PreTrial Litigation, UOP McGeorge School of Law
2005: Honors in Oral Advocacy, UOP McGeorge School of Law
2003 - 2006: Dean's List, UOP McGeorge School of Law
2004: The Traynor Society, UOP McGeorge School of Law
2000: Outstanding GraduateStudent Award, Graduate Studies in Education Department, California State University, Stanislaus
APPELLATE PRACTICE:
Sanctuary Merced v. Central Presbyterian Church of Merced (2009) 2009 WL 4895127 (unpublished).
Bragonler v. Wurster (2011) 2011 WL 787135 (unpublished).
Johnson v. City of Merced (2011) 2011 WL 3654432 (unpublished).
AFFILIATIONS:
Past member, Merced Symphony, Tulare Symphony, Mendocino Symphony (French Horn);
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity;
Merced County Bar Association;
President, Planada Teachers' Association, 2001 - 2002