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Behind every successful business stands a strong team. We have assembled a group of people who will put in the work and pull together to take care of you or your loved one.

Leonard Padilla, California Bail Bondsman

The Big Enchilada

slider2Leonard Padilla has been hunting and capturing fugitives for over 35 years. He is known nationally and internationally as the “Worlds Best Bounty Hunter”. Leonard has been the subject of many documentaries and has appeared in movies and television.

Padilla has also testified in court as an expert for the bail bond industry, and has been instrumental in passing legislation in California to improve the ability to capture fugitives in other states and abroad.

In 1982, Leonard Padilla opened the Lorenzo Padilla School of Law with Attorney Doug Nareau, Herman Smith, and Judge Lorenzo Patino. The school provides an affordable legal education for those wishing to practice law. . Leonard is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Before Leonard entered the world of bail and bounty hunting, he was a member of the US Air Force, and also earned his law degree from Lincoln Law school.

Alejando “Al” Padilla

Client Relations/Bail Agent

Alejandro was born into the bail bond business. By the time he could walk and talk he was sipping coffee and answering phones at his parents bail office. Never far from his father’s side he learned the trade inside and out but more importantly he learned about the importance of helping people.

Upon graduating from Jesuit High School, Alejandro embarked on a dual career path. While playing the role of high profile California bail bondsman with such cases as Ellie Nessler, he was also racing Indy style cars winning at prestigious race tracks across North America such as Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen to name a few. He twice received the call to compete in the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. During this time, he also studied Business Marketing at CSUS.

As if that isn’t enough for one lifetime, Alejandro has also appeared in numerous television commercials, independent films and has a theatre background having taken the stage with leading roles in Los Angeles productions such as David Rabe’s Goose and TomTom and The Wager by Mark Medoff.

Currently Alejandro enjoys spending time with his family and helping run the Nation’s most renowned and respected bail operations.

Curtis Popp


Curtis is a third generation Sacramentan. He is a graduate of Sacramento Country Day School and Jesuit High School. He holds a BFA in Interior Architecture from CCA (California College of the Arts). With his background in art and design, Curtis brings an outside-the-box approach to Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds.

When he isn’t running his Architecture and design firm and furniture company, Curtis likes to spend time on the West shore of Lake Tahoe with family and friends. He is avid boater, motorcyclist, and struggling fisherman. He loves exploring, traveling and discovering a great new restaurant. Curtis is a lifelong fan of the Oakland Raiders.

Caleb Counts

Operations Manager

Caleb comes to Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds with a diverse business background supported by a degree in Business Management from California State University, Chico. Starting his career in 2004, Caleb moved to the Sacramento area, where he gained early experience in Customer Service, Sales Recruitment and Training as well Sales Management with one of the area’s premier new home builders. While real estate has always been a passion for him, the market shifts that occurred had him looking for more opportunities to explore his entrepreneurial spirit.

Caleb left the new home business in late 2008 and decided to pursue a new direction that led him to create several new business ventures. Over the next 3 and half years, he successfully built several companies and developed a team of over 43 employees. As Executive Director, Caleb directed every aspect of the business start-up, employee hiring, training, development and marketing.

When Caleb is able to pull himself away from work, he enjoys golfing, traveling to Mexico and exploring Northern California’s many amazing sites and adventures. His love for food has kept him busy in the kitchen, always challenging new recipes and creating his own.

Stefanie Gernert

Office Manager

Prior to joining the Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds team, Stefanie obtained her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Business Administration with an option in Marketing. She then started her career in sales, representing the South Bay Area for one of the world’s largest carpet manufactures. In 2005, she relocated to Sacramento during the housing boom, selling marketing solutions to the area’s new home developers. When the industry suffered a severe down turn in 2008, Stefanie decided to take her sales skills back to her hometown in the Sonoma County to work in one of her passions, wine.

Although enjoying her new work, Sacramento had become home to Stefanie over the years and she found herself longing to return. At this time she decided to redirect her career from sales into executive management. For the last 3 years, Stefanie worked for a local entrepreneur as his Business Manager overseeing all aspects of the business related to accounting, human resources, and marketing. In this position she was able to gain a vast skill set which we are thrilled for her to share with us at Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds.

Whether at work or enjoying free time, Stefanie has always had a sense of adventure about her. She finds excitement in trying new things. She’d prefer to eat at every restaurant in Sacramento before going back to the same one twice and she has a garage full of sporting equipment including bicycles, hiking shoes and camping gear, just to name a few.

Brian Wendell

Bail Agent

Brian joins the team at Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds after many years in Construction Management, Real Estate, and most recently as a General Manager of a Staffing/Consulting Company here in Sacramento. Brian grew up in the town of Pinole in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Chico California in 1998. After completing a Bachelors degree from California State University Chico in Communication Studies and Conflict Resolution in 2003, he opted not to go back to his Bay Area roots and decided to call Sacramento his new home. He brings his vast knowledge and street smarts to Leonard Padilla Bail Bonds and we can’t be happier to have him join the team.

When he isn’t working, Brian enjoys spending time with his family and friends throughout Northern California. An avid sports lover, he is a born and raised SF Giants and 49er die hard fan and you can catch him around the ballpark often. He loves spending time in Lake Tahoe with his family and also enjoys camping, white water rafting, softball, and most other outdoor activities.

Ronielle Freeman

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