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Marco Antonio Torres

About Me

I earned my B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Cruz in June 1996.  In May of 1999, I received the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 


I gained extensive tax experience as an associate with the San Francisco office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC LLP”).  In the Investment Management group, where I worked closely with partners and clients to address the myriad of tax issues faced by Hedge Funds, RIC’s (Mutual Funds), REITS and investment partnerships. 


In 2004 I moved on to become instrumental in founding Equity Investment Exchange, a new IRC 1031 Like-Kind Exchange subsidiary.  As general counsel for Equity Investment Exchange, I was integral to laying the legal foundation of the newly formed subsidiary and also became a valuable business development resource.  I assisted clients in minimizing tax liabilities while divesting of unwanted real estate assets and reinvesting in new assets.  I worked closely with clients on simple sell/buy projects to more sophisticated joint venture, non-safe harbor reverse exchange projected spanning a period in excess of the traditional 180 days. 


Most recently, in 2007, I decided to move from San Francisco to San Diego and start a new solo practice.  During the past few years I have counseled clients, consumers and corporate/business alike, to a more secure financial future, providing counseling to maximize the benefits of corporate/LLC entity structures, addressing and resolving real estate matters, and, as necessary, providing bankruptcy and loan workout solutions.  


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas


  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 35%
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 15%
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
  5. Foreclosure: 15%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (2%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

The Law Office of Marco A. Torres

550 West "C" Street
Suite 1600
San Diego, CA, 92101



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
San Diego's Top AttorneysSan Diego Metro Magazine - SD Metro2011
OurCity Recommended AttorneysOur City San Diego2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Office of Marco A. Torres2005 - Present
Partner1031 Strategies & Services2005 - 2007
General CounselEquity Investment Exchange2001 - 2004
AssociatePricewaterhouseCoopers LLP1999 - 2001
SpecialistU.S. Army Reserves / California Army Natl. Guard1988 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Bankruptcy ForumMember2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
The ARAG Group - www.aragroup.comNetwork Attorney2010 - Present
San Diego Bankruptcy ForumMember2010 - Present
Cornell Legal Information InstituteOfficer2010 - Present
National Latina Business Women's Association - San Diego ChapterMember2009 - Present
Mana de San DiegoMember2009 - Present
San Diego La Raza Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
The University Club of San DiegoMember2008 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2001 - Present
UC Hastings Alumni AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Wells Fargo Bank vs. 1UP Technology Inc.Negotiated Settlement of Matter Pending Litigation
XTS Global, Inc. v. Dyer Beech Enterprises, Inc.Settled Pre-Trial
Wells Fargo Bank v. Doe, et al20 year payoff of with 0% interest
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Hastings COLLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Univ of California Santa CruzPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
SBBA - MCLEMortgage Modifications: In, Out, Up, and Down2010
MABPA Membership MeetingOrganizational Structure Options2010
A New Year, A New EconomyIntelligently Navigating the New World Economy2010
Western Non-Traded REIT Industry SympsiumWhat's New on the Menu? Adaptive Approaches To Expanding The Business and Standing Out In The Non-Traded REIT Market2007