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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
Hourly ($275-325/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (2%)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|San Diego's Top Attorneys||San Diego Metro Magazine - SD Metro||2011|
|OurCity Recommended Attorneys||Our City San Diego||2010|
|Attorney at Law||Law Office of Marco A. Torres||2005 - Present|
|Partner||1031 Strategies & Services||2005 - 2007|
|General Counsel||Equity Investment Exchange||2001 - 2004|
|Associate||PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP||1999 - 2001|
|Specialist||U.S. Army Reserves / California Army Natl. Guard||1988 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California Bankruptcy Forum||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|The ARAG Group - www.aragroup.com||Network Attorney||2010 - Present|
|San Diego Bankruptcy Forum||Member||2010 - Present|
|Cornell Legal Information Institute||Officer||2010 - Present|
|National Latina Business Women's Association - San Diego Chapter||Member||2009 - Present|
|Mana de San Diego||Member||2009 - Present|
|San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|The University Club of San Diego||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2001 - Present|
|UC Hastings Alumni Association||Member||1999 - Present|
|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 al||20 year payoff of with 0% interest|
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|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|University of California - Santa Cruz||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|SBBA - MCLE||Mortgage Modifications: In, Out, Up, and Down||2010|
|MABPA Membership Meeting||Organizational Structure Options||2010|
|A New Year, A New Economy||Intelligently Navigating the New World Economy||2010|
|Western Non-Traded REIT Industry Sympsium||What's New on the Menu? Adaptive Approaches To Expanding The Business and Standing Out In The Non-Traded REIT Market||2007|