Attorney Roseann Torres
Roseann Torres began her career as an attorney in 2000 as a Deputy County Counsel of San Joaquin County, representing various county agencies such as:
- Health and Human Services
- San Joaquin General Hospital
- The Sheriff’s Department
- The District Attorney’s Office
- The Public Conservator/Guardian
Her Most Notable Case
While in service, Attorney Torres’ most notable case involved the removal of blighted property located inside a mobile home park, which, for years, led to multiple daily service calls to the Sheriff's Department as a result of:
- Child abuse
- Other crimes
Attorney Torres led the litigation as a Deputy County Counsel that allowed for removal of all blighted property via the appointment of a Special Receiver, a lawsuit filed against the owners of the property to successfully recover the cost of demolition and receivership, as well as leading to criminal charges. Equally important was the improved quality of life for residents of the mobile home park who were relocated into alternative safe housing, many of whom were children.
Attorney Torres also successfully handled a matter for the District Attorney who was involved in an employment law dispute. This case was handled through arbitration.
Experience as a Former Deputy District Attorney
To gain more rigorous courtroom experience, Ms. Torres became a Deputy District Attorney also for San Joaquin County, wherein she represented the People of the State of California in hundreds of criminal cases.
Therein, Ms. Torres saw a need for Spanish speaking attorneys who could communicate directly with clients about critical details of their defense, rather than through interpreters who frequently made errors in open court. This led her to end her career in the public sector and pursue private practice.
Along with becoming a trusted advocate on behalf of clients throughout the Bay Area, Ms. Torres believes strongly in giving back to the community and has served on a variety of boards and committees in Oakland, including:
- Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Alameda County
- Centro Legal de La Raza
- Youth Movement Radio
- National Women’s Political Caucus, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
- Latino Connection PAC
- Measure Y Committee
In addition, the firm has routinely housed interns from local high schools as well as Girls Inc. to ensure college readiness and provide direct exposure to the practice of law for those interested in law.
In 2012, Ms. Torres ran a successful campaign to be elected as Trustee on the Oakland Unified School District serving District 5. The term of Trustee is four years, from 2013-2017.