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Mario Emille Torres III

Family Attorney at Lutz, FL

4.9   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mario

Learn Mario’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    30%
    Resolve the many difficult themes that overwhelm the process of divorce and family law. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    18 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    Serving you with knowledge, skill, loyalty, creativity, perseverance, and care. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    18 years

  3. Litigation
    15%
    Litigation support and knowledge based guidance in a variety of disciplines. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    18 years

  4. Car accident
    10%
    Helping you gain a semblance of normalcy in what is often a very emotionally taxing time. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    13 years

  5. Elder law
    10%
    Learn what estate planning tool best meets your needs. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    18 years

  6. Real estate
    10%
    We assist with the many complexities that exist in real estate transactions, agreements & disputes. FREE NO-OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    18 years

SEEKING TO SERVE YOU WITH KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, LOYALTY, CREATIVITY, PERSEVERANCE, AND CARE.

Mario E. Torres, III, founded torres|benet, p.a in 2006.  Located in Lutz, FL. and servicing the Greater Tama Bay Area torres|benet, p.a. focuses in Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Family Law, Wills/Trust/Estate Law and Personal Injury Law. To date Mario has successfully handled several hundred cases with the mission of thinking reasonably and coming up with rational problem solving solutions.  Prior to commencing a career in the legal profession Mario worked in advertising/marketing.  
 
Mario attained his B.S. in Advertising with a focus on global semblance vs. local market barriers and his Master’s degree in Mass Communications with a focus on qualitative/quantitative research and the theoretical analysis of international communication from the University of Florida

During undergrad Mario was an active member of the International Advertising Association and Ad Society.  Mario was selected as team captain of the International Advertising Association and in back to back years (98/99) won the International Advertising Association (IAA) National Championship for Strategic and Creative Global Marketing Campaign targeted at a Global Audience/Market (the school’s first and second awards ever received by the IAA).  He worked as an advisor to the International Advertising Association during his Master’s Degree until he decided to enter law school.  

Mario graduated in 2004 with his law degree from Barry University, Dawyne O. Andreas School of Law, in Orlando.  While attending Barry University Mario was a Trial Team Member, the Vice President of the Student Bar Association, the President of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, a Member of the Hispanic American Legal Student Association and a Member of Phi Alpha Delta.  He was honored by the Student Bar Association as the Executive Board Member of the Year in 2003-2004 and honored by the Trial Team for Outstanding Mock Trial Performance in 2003-2004.  

While in law school, Mario worked part time at Draves and Beame, P.A. a firm located in downtown Orlando which focused on Family Law and Entertainment Law. After completing law school he moved to Tampa, Florida and worked at Joel B. Fein, P.A., a small boutique law firm in Brandon, Florida that specialized in Bankruptcy, Social Security, Estate Law and Civil Litigation.  

In June of 2006 Mario decided to establish torres|benet, p.a., a full-service Greater Tampa Bay law firm specializing in civil litigation, family law and real estate law.  He established torres|benet, p.a. as a one stop tri-county legal firm that can serve clients with knowledge, skill, loyalty, creativity, perseverance, and care while maintaining the firms mission of thinking reasonably and coming up with rational problem solving solutions.  Mario is fluent in Spanish and frequently conducts informational lectures with the Hillsborough County Bar Association on various topics of law.  

He is happily married and the proud father of three lovely girls.  He enjoys sports, world travel and is an active member of his community.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2014
Client's Choice
2018 2014

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Location

TorresBenet, P.A.
5308 Van Dyke Rd.
Van Dyke Office Center
Lutz, FL, 33558

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mario is Amazing!
Mario ran my business LLC. He is straightforward, and easy going. He made my life easier and I have recommended him to my peers. If you have the chance to work with him, please do! I have nothing but praise for Mario!
Posted by Christina | August 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Such a pleasure !
I was referred to Mr. Torres to help me apply for guardianship of a family member. Living out of town and dealing with a attorney via the phone was scary. From day one Mr. Torres was there for me. He answered all my calls and kept me informed every step of the way. It has been such a blessing and a true professional experience to work with Mr. Torres. Thank you Mr. Torres !
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Posted by Linda | July 8, 2020
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Divorce made less painful.
Mr. Torres represented me in my divorce. Though normally a painful ordeal, Mr. Torres guided me through the separation, child visitation planning, mediation, and through the final decree. He kept me focused and positive. I appreciated his calmness, skill, and positivity. I highly recommend this attorney.
Posted by Cesar | September 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Finally an attorney who really cared.
I went through several attorneys before I finally found Mario Torres. Unlike most of the others he did his homework and learned the issues specific to my case. He advised me on what was legally realistic. And he fought vigorously for me. I hope I am not in need of an attorney too often in the future, but if I am it will be Mario Torres.
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Posted by Bumi | July 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No complaints
I was actually impressed Mario took his time explaining the answers to my real estate questions, in detail, to where he went online and not only reviewed some information with me but also encouraged me to read more into it. No complaints here. Will use him again soon.
Posted by Wayne | March 7, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Photographer
Mr. Torres is a attorney who has his clients best interest at heart and is with his clients through the entirety of the case. He quelled my stress and anxiety with his intelligence and tenacity. He is a attorney I would and will recommend to anyone who requires a experienced, determined attorney.
Posted by Frank | February 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and incredibly knowledgable
Mario was precise in describing the steps of the process. He was with me throughout the entire process and there was never a time I felt like I was going at it alone. His knowledge and understanding of Florida's legal process was superb.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Mario was extremely understanding and nonjudgmental about my situation. He provided honest advice and offered multiple solutions at onset. He exceeded my expectations and definitely went above and beyond to assist me. He is extremely knowledgeable, direct and fair. I highly recommend Mario and will definitely use his firm again if I need representation in the future.
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Posted by Omar | January 6, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Interaction
I talked to Mario briefly about a case that I have. He was precise and honest with the direction I should take. He explain the pros and cons so I can make a decision. it was a great conbersation and he was not out there just to take my money but to guide me and instruct me on what to do. Honesty and integrity is key and Mario demonstratwd both. Thank you Mario
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Posted by Jesse | January 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Services
Mario has been our company attorney going on two years. During that time, multiple lengthy agreements have been drafted and utilized domestically and Internationally. The legal advice has been spot on and correct in every instance, The attention to detail is second to none, which has been instrumental in avoiding potential loopholes. We are extremely satisfied with the services and representation.
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Posted by Nellie | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Severance Agreement and General Release
I contacted Mario immediately after parting ways with my employer. Mario's met with me within 24 hours of contacting him and this sense of urgency was truly appreciated. His transparency on the facts and possible next steps were clear and lead to resolution within a couple weeks. He negotiated with my previous employer and was able to settle a better agreement while taking into consideration my situation (aversion to risk). He also took the time to explain all aspects of the agreement and I left knowing that everything I had asked him to do was executed with excellence.
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Posted by Nancy | June 10, 2016
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Divorce Lawyer
Mario was very easy to work with. He handled our divorce in a polite, respectful way. He made a not so happy process easier. I would definitely highly recommend Mario
Posted by Tiffany | March 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome service!
Mario was very helpful with explaining my options and how to move forward with my case. He was great at following through and helped me understand what was going on every step of the way. Would absolutely recommend him to others and would utilize his services again if necessary!
Posted by Linda | October 12, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
client
Mr. Torres helped me with a RE mess that was very complicated. He was professional and personable, prompt and I had the sense he truly knew the business.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2014
Needed to amend Custody Agreement
Many years after a divorce and abandoning my child his mother was making poor decisions that placed the child in jeopardy. Was able to amend the divorce decree in a way very favorable to my self and child.
Posted by Linda | October 24, 2014
Positive Recommendation
Mr Torres was very helpful and quick to get a resolution to my issue. After my initial meeting, I had total confidence in Mr. Torres as well as he assured me that he could quickly and effectively handle my situation. I would highly recommend him for anyone that needs legal assistance in his area of expertise.
Posted by Sandi | October 11, 2014
Torres for the Win!
Mario Torres is a wonderful attorney! Not only is he knowledgeable, but he is honest and compassionate! He handled the sale of property between my mom and I about 4 years ago, and was there to defend it when it was challenged by siblings! Mario Torres' testimony was the "Ace "that won us the favorable ruling we were seeking! Kudos Mr. Torres!
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Posted by Melissa | October 9, 2014
Integrity
My experience with Mario was very rewarding in too many ways to list here. It is nice to know that there is someone you can always count on to give you support. In my opinion he is the consummate legal counsel.
Posted by Sally | August 4, 2014
Wonderful and helpful response
I am not a client but required some information on a mortgage we hold on property that the payments are badly in arrears. He returned my voicemail message, listen to the whole story and answered all my questions on what I could do with this contract I hold. He took time out of his busy schedule to talk to me and It really gave me some directions on where I stand legally. I thank you for your time and kindness.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2013
Save your money
I used this attorney for a short sale. I had many questions and his assistant was not very responsive and/or took forever to get back to me. When the bank turned down the original sales offer and I asked the attorney's assistant how we were going to proceed, (i.e., were they going to negotiate with the bank), the response was that to talk to the realtor. The realtor is the one who told me to use this attorney for the negotiation purposes. Obviously, neither one of them knew how to handle a short sale. I paid this attorney a couple thousand dollars and he did almost nothing to earn it. He refused to give me any of the retainer back when I decided to no longer use his services - very poor way to treat a client. Use a realtor who actually knows what they are doing when it comes to short sales, and you won't have to pay any extra money to an attorney unless and until you have to go through a foreclosure.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • torres|benet, p.a.
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • University of Florida
  • MA - Masters
  • 2009
  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • HANDWERKER, NANCY L v. FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INS.
  • Insurance Company and beneficiaries stipulated to Reformation of Deed and Judge Entered Judgment Instructing the Property Appraiser to correct the Title to the Real Property in our client's sole name.

Associations

  • Hillsborough County Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Brandon Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Student Bar Association Executive Board Member of the Year
  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Mock Trial Performance
  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Brochure for Firm
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2011
  • Brochure for Firm
  • Family Law 101
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Pre-Planning
  • Wills, Trust & Estates
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (11)
Endorse Mario
Business Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mario Torres. He was direct and honest from the start of the case in which we were on opposite sides. Mario demonstrated the utmost in sincerity and professionalism while at the same time strongly advocating for his client. Mario is a true professional."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have mediated for Mario several times and he is a strong advocate for his clients and provides them with the information they need to make decisions in their cases. Mario is always prepared and professional and is a pleasure to work with."
General practice Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Torres is professional and courteous. He is results oriented and passionate about his practice. He provides reasonable and objective approaches to matters and places the best interest of his clients as number 1 priority."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mario Torres is an excellent attorney. He is creative, thoughtful, meticulous, and tenacious. All fantastic qualities in a lawyer. Plus, any jury would love him!"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Torres is a true professional. He has a high degree of integrity and is very thorough. I endorse Mario Torres for anyone that needs a litigation attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Torres is a hightly capable lawyer. You can't go wrong hiring him or his firm for your legal needs."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mario Torres is an incredibly gifted attorney whom I respect. He is a dedicated, smart and hardworking attorney. I would feel confident to refer my own family members to Attorney Torres."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with attorney Torres for several years and have found him to be an excellent attorney who has the utmost integrity and ethics and truly cares about his clients."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure to work with Attorney Torres on several occasions. I have found him to be extremely intelligent and competent. I highly recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future."
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