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Lisa Torres

Lisa Torres

San Diego, California

Lisa Torres practices in the areas of business reorganizations, creditors' rights, insolvency and commercial litigation since 1988. She represents a wide variety of clients including public agencies, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees, commercial landlords, insurance companies, creditors' committees and debtors in significant bankruptcy cases in California and as pro hac vice counsel in Delaware, Arizona and Texas. Her practice includes bankruptcy, collections, commercial leasing, commercial litigation, corporate governance, corporate transactions, loan work-outs, and strategic business planning. Ms. Torres has developed particular expertise on executory contracts and lease agreements and represents commercial landlords, public agency landlords and national tenants in Chapter 11 cases.  Although her practice is primarily focused on the representation of clients in the bankruptcy context, she has litigated substantial, complex commercial disputes in federal court.

Ms. Torres has served as a lecturer on bankruptcy topics to local bar association groups, legal secretary groups and advised City Attorneys, City Councils and other public constituencies about bankruptcy law and procedure.

In addition, Ms. Torres is an active volunteer in the non-profit arena. She serves as a board member on Innovations Academy's school board and is founding board member of the Jamul Arts and Music Council, Inc. a non-profit established to promote art and music education. She is the recipient of the California Parent Teacher Association's Honorary Service Award. Ms. Torres obtained certification in Non-Profit Management and counsels non-profits on governance and business planning issues.

Areas of Practice

  • 65% Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Creditors' Rights
  • 25% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Public Agency and Non-profits

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1988


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: National Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Judicial Extern
  • University of California, San Diego, California
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Southern Logistics Airport Authority
  • City of Cathedral City
  • Chula Vista
  • Corporate Management Inc.


  • Bankruptcy Basics for State Court Litigators, San Diego Law Library, 2009
  • Bankruptcy 101, San Diego Legal Secretaries' Association, 2008
  • Navigating Through Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, San Diego Bar Association, 2004
  • Hot Topics- Judges Roundtable, California Bankruptcy Forum, 2011
  • Bankruptcy Basics, City of Cathedral City, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, Member and Former Director, 1988 - 2011
  • San Diego Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair, 1996 - 2011
  • San Diego Bar Association, Commercial Law Section, Co-Chair, 1993 - 1995
  • Womens Insolvency Network of San Diego, Former Director, 1996 - 1998
  • International Womens Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, 2010 - 2011
  • UCLA School of Law, Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2011
  • California Bankruptcy Forum, Conference Program Co-Chair- Judges Roundtable, 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • Jennings, Engstrand & Henrickson, 1988 - 1993
  • Law Office of William P. Fennell, APLC, Of Counsel, 2008 - 2011
  • Pyle Sims Duncan & Stevenson, Founding Shareholder and Senior Counsel, 1993 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Director, Alpine Ranch Creative Health and Ecological Solutions, Inc.
  • Jamul-Dulzura District Strategic Planning Group, 2002 - 2009
  • Executive Board Member, Jamul Primary and Intermediate Schools PTA, 2002 - 2007
  • Jamul Arts & Music Council Inc. ("JAM"), Director, 2003 - 2011
  • Innovations Academy Charter School, Board of Trustees, 2010 - 2011

Ancillary Businesses

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Mangement
Our Firm Locations

Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy LLP


Office Managing Partner:
K. Robert Gonter, Jr.
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
38 Discovery, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

San Diego Office

Office Managing Partner:
Douglas D. Guy
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 170
San Diego, CA 92128

Phone: 858-676-8600
Fax: 858-676-8601

Los Angeles office

Office Managing Partner:
Matthew M. Proudfoot
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355 S. Grand Ave, Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265

Ontario Office

Office Managing Partner:
Sean O'Doherty
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Gates, O'Doherty, Gonter & Guy, L.L.P
3350 Shelby St., Suite 200
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone: 949-753-0255
Fax: 949-753-0265