Integrity. Excellence. Results.
The Torres Law Group has been serving Bay Area clients since opening in March 2004. We have represented thousands of clients in civil and criminal matters, including civil litigation, personal injury, family law, criminal defense, workers compensation defense, with matters from initial filing of complaint through jury trial.
The attorneys and entire staff are fluent in Spanish, bringing a social and cultural competence to the work, which is critical to successful representation of clients in the diverse Bay Area.
We provide effective and prompt communication to our clients so they know the status of their case, every step of the way. This includes providing an honest assessment of likely outcomes. Trust is paramount in the attorney-client relationship which is reflected in the steady stream of referrals from former clients.
Our Principal & Founder, Roseann Torres is a seasoned cross-disciplined attorney, having practiced in the public sector as a Deputy County Counsel and Deputy District Attorney, and now as a private attorney in Torres Law Group.
Attorney Torres is also an elected official, serving on the Oakland Unified School Board, as Trustee for District 5 since winning election in November 2012. She has a strong demonstrated commitment to leadership, education, and a thriving community, which is what motivates her to succeed. At Torres Law Group we embody integrity, excellence and results for our clients.
Honors & Awards
2017 La Luchadora, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
2013 Women of Success-Mujeres de Exito Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Contra Costa County
2013 Business Woman of the Year, Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
2013 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by Congressman George Miller
2010 Certificate of Honor, City & County of San Francisco
2010 Hispanic Business Salute, Univision
2009 Small Business Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County
Our Attorneys and Staff
Founder & Principal Attorney
Principal & Founder Roseann Torres began her career as an attorney in January 2000 as a Deputy County Counsel of San Joaquin County, representing various county agencies such as Health and Human Services, San Joaquin General Hospital, the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Conservator/Guardian, as well as others.
While in service, Ms. Torres most notable case involved the removal of blighted property located inside a mobile home park, which for years led to multiple daily service calls to the Sheriff's Department as a result of violence, drugs, child abuse, prostitution and other crimes. Ms. Torres led the litigation as a Deputy County Counsel that allowed for removal of all blighted property via the appointment of a Special Receiver, a lawsuit filed against the owners of the property to successfully recover the cost of demolition and receivership, as well as leading to criminal charges. Equally important was the improved quality of life for residents of the mobile home park who were relocated into alternative safe housing, many of whom were children. Ms. Torres also successfully handled a matter for the District Attorney who was involved in an employment law dispute. This case was handled through arbitration.
To gain more rigorous courtroom experience, Ms. Torres became a Deputy District Attorney also for San Joaquin County, wherein she represented the People of the State of California in hundreds of criminal cases. Therein, Ms. Torres saw a need for Spanish speaking attorneys who could communicate directly with clients about critical details of their defense, rather than through interpreters who frequently made errors in open court. This led her to end her career in the public sector and pursue private practice.
Torres Law Group (formerly Law Offices of Roseann Torres) opened in March 2004 and has since served 1000's of clients in civil and criminal matters. Along with becoming a trusted advocate on behalf of clients throughout the Bay Area, Ms. Torres believes strongly in giving back to the community and has served on a variety of boards and committees in Oakland. She has sat on the Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County, Centro Legal de La Raza, Youth Movement Radio, National Women’s Political Caucus, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, and the Latino Connection PAC and the Measure Y Committee. In addition, the firm has routinely housed interns from local high schools as well as Girls Inc. to ensure college readiness and provide direct exposure to the practice of law for those interested in law.
In 2012, Ms. Torres decided to run for elected office to serve the youth in oakland and won a seat on the OUSD School Board to represent District 5. In November 2016, she was re-elected to a second four-year term.
ALBANY LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1998
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Marketing, 1992
Activities & Affiliations
- OUSD Board Director District 5
- Girls Inc. Board Member
Mariela A. Verdin
Mariela A. Verdin is an associate attorney at Torres Law Group. Ms. Verdin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis where she double-majored in Sociology and Chicano Studies with a minor in Education. Ms. Verdin received her Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University, College of Law in Pleasant Hill in 2014. Ms. Verdin was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2014.
While Ms. Verdin attended law school, she was a law clerk at a small civil litigation firm and for a family law solo practitioner. As a law clerk, Ms. Verdin learned many valuable skills that she is now able to apply in her career as an attorney.
Ms. Verdin’s practice areas include Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Transactional Drafting. In her Family Law Practice, Ms. Verdin has litigated child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, and real and personal property and debts division disputes. In addition to these issues, Ms. Verdin also successfully litigates and defense Domestic Violence and Civil Restraining Orders.
Ms. Verdin’s Civil Litigation practice includes litigating contract, business, and real property disputes. The Transactional Drafting practice area consists of drafting and reviewing contracts, partnership agreements, purchase agreement, operating agreements, corporation bylaws, and assisting clients with forming business entities such as a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership.
Ms. Verdin was motivated to pursue a career as an Attorney to assist people from her community and people who need adequate representation, but for one reason or another cannot obtain it. Ms. Verdin is fluent in Spanish, which helps her to easily communicate with her clients to adequately and vigorously represent and litigate their matters.
JOHN F. KENNEDY UNIVERSITY
Juris Doctor, 2014
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
B.A., Sociology & Chicano Studies, 2010
• Family Law
• Civil Litigation
• Transactional Drafting
Terry Perez joined Torres Law Group in 2012 as a legal assistant while going to school to earn her B.A. degree. She received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She earned her J.D. in 2016 from JFK University where she participated in the law school's Children, Family, and the Law Clinic. She recently sat for the February Bar examination and is awaiting her results. Currently, Terry is one of the firm's paralegals and provides support in Family Law matters.
JOHN F. KENNEDY UNIVERSITY
Juris Doctor, 2016
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
B.A., Legal Studies, 2013
• Children, Family and the Law Clinic
Patty Gamez got her start with Torres Law Group as a summer intern in 2011 and has been working full time with the firm since January 2017. She is a graduate of California College Prep Academy in Berkeley. She is working toward earning her degree in paralegal studies and was commissioned as a Notary Public in June 2017.