Ms. Torres is an experienced litigator and federal prosecutor with over 30 trials in federal and state courts. Her practice focuses on trial work of all types, complex litigation, criminal investigations and enforcement. She has broad experience with government enforcement actions, corporate internal investigations, and solving complex and sensitive legal, policy, and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg LLP, Ms. Torres was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the District of Columbia and the Central District of California. Most recently, she was the Opioids Coordinator for the International Narcotics, Money Laundering and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. In that capacity, she led and coordinated the law enforcement response to the growing epidemic of opioid diversion and overdoses within the District, working with a broad array of federal, state and local agencies, officials and community groups. As a seasoned prosecutor, Ms. Torres led numerous high-profile investigations and prosecuted individuals, corporations and international criminal enterprises for financial crimes, fraud, money laundering, racketeering, corruption, tax violations, identity theft and international drug trafficking. Ms. Torres also completed rotations within the domestic violence, felony sex offense, and appellate units of the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has briefed and argued several cases before the Ninth Circuit and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal. Ms. Torres has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work in law enforcement, including a commendation from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Secret Service for her work in a wide-ranging gang investigation (2020), the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Director’s Award for securing a trial victory against a suspected white nationalist engaging in a complex mortgage fraud (2019), and a Special Achievement Award from Main Justice (2017).
Ms. Torres also served as a political appointee with the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, where she was part of the policy team leading the design and implementation of the President’s executive actions on immigration. In that role, Ms. Torres counseled the Secretary and senior Department leadership on responses to Congressional investigations and agency oversight, as well as provided high-level legal and policy support to the Director on complex and highly sensitive USCIS programs. Ms. Torres maintains active Top Secret Security Clearance. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Torres honed her litigation skills at the law firms of Wilmer Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Munger Tolles and Olson LLP. There, she provided strategic counsel and investigation-related assistance to a broad suite of companies confronting criminal, regulatory and Congressional inquiries, with a focus on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.
She has been honored for her immigration and civil rights work by the ACLU of Southern California (twice), by the National Immigration Legal Center, and was previously selected for the 2013 "Inaugural Hot List" for the Mid-Atlantic Region by "Lawyers of Color," a list compiled to recognize early-to-mid-career attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession. Ms. Torres was also listed in Huffington Post's "Top 40 Latinos under 40 in Politics," chosen as the “2015 Rising Star” by the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC), and selected as a Political Partner in the Truman National Security Project. Ms. Torres was selected as a Salinas Scholar for the Aspen Institute and is also a Term Member for the Council for Foreign Relations. She has served on numerous boards of various nonprofits in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Torres is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia, as well as before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Torres received her law degree from Stanford Law School, where she was on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review, and her BA from the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with distinction.