Camarillo was once part of the original Mexican land grant known as Rancho Calleguas. Rancho Calleguas was almost 10,000 acres in size and was given to Jose Pedro Ruiz by Governor Alvarado in 1847. Juan Camarillo (1812-1880) obtained the Rancho from the Ruiz Family in 1875. What brought Juan to Camarillo? He had been a member of the Hijar-Padres Expedition to California in 1834. In 1857, Juan settled in what is now Ventura. 

Following Juan's death in 1880, his eldest son Adolfo took over operations at the Ranch. Adolfo Camarillo (1864-1958) was 16 at the time, and during the next 68 years he operated the Camarillo Ranch, progressing from a mostly cattle operation to crops.  He was also well known for raising striking white horses. 

Adolfo was a leading innovator, bringing in lima beans, as well as barley, corn, alfalfa, walnuts, and citrus to the area. In 1888, Adolfo married Isabella Menchaca (1861-1936). They moved into an adobe home on the Ranch, which was later destroyed by fire. Adolfo and Isabel raised seven children together. In 1890, with the help of two Chumash Indians, Adolfo planted two rows of eucalyptus trees. These trees arched across Highway 101 in Camarillo for many years. Some of those trees still line the north side of the Ventura Freeway. Over the years, Adolfo employed a number of Chumash Indians on the Ranch in a variety of capacities. 

The Camarillo House was built in 1892 by Adolfo and a crew, utilizing the designs of prominent Ventura County Architects Herman Anlauf and Franklin Ward. This three-story, 14-room home was built in the Victorian Queen Anne style. Adolfo planted a number of trees near the house, some of which on the front lawn are now among the finest in California for their species. 

The city grew slowly prior to World War II.  During the war, the airport at Oxnard Army Air Field (later Oxnard Air Force Base in 1951, now Camarillo Airport) to the west of town was developed. The community also expanded as the new bases at Naval Air Station Point Mugu and Port Hueneme brought workers and their families to the area. The grounds of Camarillo State Hospital, which opened in 1936 south of town, is now the campus of California State University, Channel Islands.

Camarillo is located in Pleasant Valley at the eastern end of the Oxnard Plain, with the Santa Susana Mountains to the north, the Camarillo Hills to the northwest, the Conejo Valley to the east, and the western reaches of the Santa Monica Mountains to the south.

We help individuals, families, and business in Camarillo.  In 2014, Mansfield Cheney, PC (then Higson Cheney Mansfield, PC) was one of the top three firms assisting Camarillo families and businesses navigate the intricacies of bankruptcy court.  In 2015, Mansfield Cheney, PC has become one of the top two firms assisting our local Camarillo neighbors in financial distress. We use that experience serving the city and our bankruptcy knowledge to help you.  Please see our  full explanation of source data and context on this page.

2014 Camarillo Filings by Law Firm


Top 18 attorneys. All data from PACER - official United States data.  Mailing address of filers in Camarillo.  All firms that filed more than two cases in the year.

What about filings for Camarillo residents this year?  The chart below shows the number of cases various firms have filed this year for clients living in or based in Camarillo.  

2015 Camarillo Filings by Law Firm (through August)


Top 19 law firms. All data from PACER - official United States data.  Mailing address of filers in Camarillo.  Only firms that filed two or more cases in the year listed.

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Filing figures are taken from public information available through PACER.  We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the Federal filing database, but we believe it is reliable.  We do not mean to imply that the volume of cases filed or handled should serve as the only metric by which one should choose a lawyer.  We do not intend to indicate that the number of cases filed provides a measurement of quality or service.  Figures are for Northern Division of the Central District of California.  Certain law firms have more than one attorney and this may factor into the number of cases filed by that firm.  In addition, the volume of bankruptcy legal work performed by a law firm may include matters that do not result in a "filing."  Such matters may include extensive litigation involvement, creditor representation, appellate work, or other financial distress representation.  Certain attorneys may practice and file in both the Central District of California and other Districts.  An attorney may practice and file in other Divisions in the Central District.  All such data may be useful in reviewing attorney filing data but is not reproduced here.  The chart above is for the calendar year 2014 and 2015 year-to-date for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings for which the debtor's address was in Oxnard, California.  Many other factors might influence your decision about whom to hire.  We are confident we will do well on any basis.