Meet Anna D. Torres

Contact Anna: Atorres@torres.law

For over 25 years I have been a civil litigator in both California and Florida.  Being the daughter of Cuban exiles instilled in me equal parts of strong work ethic, hopeful optimism and passion in everything I set out to do.  After attending high school at Colegio Internacional de Caracas, Venezuela, I moved to California to pursue my love for writing and literature at San Diego State University where I obtained my B.A. in English, with distinction, in 1985.   In college I discovered a love for the intellectual challenge of the law which led me to choose it as a profession.  Stanford Law School was home until 1988 when I received my J.D. and then I returned to San Diego to begin my practice.  In 1994 I made the cross-country move to Florida. 

My experience includes both large firm and boutique firm environments.  My practice has always focused on civil and commercial defense litigation and insurance coverage - including coverage evaluations and litigation, liability defense (premises liability, negligent security, auto/trucking, products liability, wrongful death, etc.), construction defect, fraud, bad faith defense and appellate. 

I am a frequent speaker in continuing legal educational programs and insurance industry conferences and am licensed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Texas Department of Insurance and California Department of Insurance to instruct adjuster continuing education.  Nationally I have presented on a broad range of topics including Bad Faith, Insurance Coverage, Construction Defect, Tort Defense, Discovery and E-Discovery, Fraud, Trial Skills, Ethics, Diversity and Inclusion and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

I am an active member of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, and hold current leadership positions in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Legal Opportunity Scholarship Selection Committee, and the Judicial Division’s Joint Task Force on Fighting Implicit Bias in the Justice System.  My past leadership positions include Co-Chair of the ABA’s Minority Trial Lawyer and Construction Litigation Committees and I have acted as national Vice-Chair and Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar.  In addition, I am an active member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Property and Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB), National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO), and Loss Executives Association (LEA). 

Awarded Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® rating - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

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BAR ADMISSIONS

State Bar Admissions

  • California (1988)
  • Florida (1996)

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 9th Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Southern District of California
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Northern District of Florida

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

  • Southern District of Florida

Reported Cases

Shaffer v. Debbas

Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division One

June 14, 1993, Decided

CASE NO. D012858

 

J.J. Shane v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District

November 4, 1998, Opinion Filed

CASE NO. 97-3126

 

Metropolitan Dade County v. Recchi Am., Inc.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District

May 12, 1999, Opinion Filed

CASE NO. 98-2461

 

Villa v. Fla. Residential Prop. & Cas. Joint Underwriting Assoc.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District

December 12, 2001, Opinion Filed

CASE NO. 3D01-1585

 

IDC Constr., LLC v. Admiral Ins. Co.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Pierce Division

October 6, 2004, Decided ; October 6, 2004, Filed

CASE NO. 03-14216-CIV-MOORE

 

Sullivan v. Dry Lake Dairy, Inc.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District March 9, 2005, Opinion Filed

CASE NO. 4D03-3994, and 4D03-4686

 

Cardillo v. Qualsure Ins. Corp.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

November 21, 2007, Decided

CASE NO. 4D06-4422

 

Freeman v. Cohen

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

November 21, 2007, Decided

Nos. 4D06-4039 & 4D06-4306

 

Caribbean Prop. Mgmt. v. CMC Affiliates, Inc.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Third District

November 28, 2007, Opinion Filed

CASE NO. 3D07-297

 

Cardillo v. Qualsure Ins. Corp.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

February 20, 2008, Decided

No. 4D06-4422

 

Siano v. Lexington Ins. Co.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

October 15, 2008, Decided

CASE NO. 4D07-1733

 

Feheley v. LAI Games Sales, Inc.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division

August 10, 2009, Decided:  August 11, 2009, Filed

CASE NO. 08-23060-CIV-MORENO

 

Correa v. Sunshine State Ins. Co.

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

May 23, 2012, Decided

CASE NO. 4D11-636

 

Choy and Meric Homes v. Faraldo

Court of Appeal of Florida, Fourth District

August 7, 2013, Decided

Presentations

Fraudulent PIP Claims, You Do Have a Choice - 2000 Joint DIF/SIU Insurance Fraud Conference - June 14-16, 2000

Liability Claims When Injuries Are Caused by Children - Ft. Lauderdale Claims Assoc.

Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Florida – Institute for Paralegal Education - April 5, 2002

Advanced Personal Injury Procedures in Florida for the Experienced Litigation Paralegal – Institute for Paralegal Education – August, 2002

Emerging issues in Commercial Litigation (Panelist) - Florida Defense Lawyers Association 2003 Annual Meeting -

Advanced Personal Injury Practice in Florida – National Business Institute - Nov. 5, 2003

The Automobile Injury Case for Paralegals in Florida – Institute for Paralegal Education – February 13, 2004

Avoiding Bad Faith in Liability Claims Handling - South Florida Claims Association-January 20, 2005

Determining the Fault Lines: Theories of Third-Party Recovery (Panelist) - Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Florida Liability Claims Conference June 3-5, 2004

Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation in Florida – National Business Institute – Nov. 4, 2004

Case Law Update - Ft. Lauderdale Claims Association Annual Educational Seminar – March 16, 2005

Walking the Ethical Line – National Business Institute –June 2005

Taking and Defending Effective Depositions – Lorman Education Services – November 8, 2005

Spoliation of Evidence: A Primer – PLRB Annual Claims Conference April 2006 PLRB Annual Claims Conference March 2007

Liability Case Law Update – South Florida Claims Educational Seminar – July 12, 2006

Insurance Coverage Litigation – National Business Institute – January 31, 2007

Gotcha! Top 10 Insurance Settlement Traps – American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar panelist – March 5, 2009

Insured’s Breach of Contract - South Florida Claims Association 2009 Continuing Education Seminar – July 17, 2009

What Just Broke? Construction Products Liability Claims – PLRB Large Loss Conference Panelist, November, 2009

Ace in the Hole or Cheap Trick? – Invoking Arbitration Clauses in Coverage Litigation – American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage CLE Seminar panelist – March 4, 2010

ADR Challenges – Thinking Outside the Box - Lima Consulting Construction Defect Conference panelist, Oct 8, 2010

Contaminated Food Products: Strategies for Evaluating, Managing & Defending Claims – PLRB Large Loss Conference, November 15-17, 2010.

Gotcha! Top Ten Insurance Traps for Corporate Counsel - American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel CLE, panelist, February 18, 2011.

Insurance Coverage Litigation “Idol” 2011 – Trial Skills, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE, March 3-4, 2011.

Top Ten Blunders to Avoid In Depositions - American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 13-15, 2011

East Region Case Management – Complex Cases - MC Consultants East Region Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference, panelist, June 1-3, 2011

Contaminated Food Products: Strategies for Evaluating, Managing & Defending Claims – South Florida Claims Association, July 15, 2011

Navigating the Ethical Minefield of the Tripartite Relationship – PLRB Large Loss Conference, co-presenter, September 26-28, 2011; PLRB Claims Conference, co-presenter, April 15-18, 2012.

Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Diversity Summit, “Town Hall” Panel Discussion, October 14, 2011

Building Strength Through Diversity Forum - Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Moderator, December 8, 2011

Insurance Coverage Litigation “Idol” 2012 – The Deposition, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE, Seminar panelist, March 1-3, 2012.

Drawing a Line at the Bottom Lin: Strategies for Reducing Litigation Costs for Carriers, Developers, General Contractors & Subcontractors, Lima Consulting Construction Defect Conference, July 26, 2012

Personal Branding & Implicit Bias, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Annual Conference, August 3, 2012

Obligation to Reimburse Insurers: Fact or Fiction? Women in Insurance Network CLE, panelist, October 18, 2012.

Insurance Coverage Litigation “Idol” 2014 – Jury Selection in State & Federal Courts, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE, February 28, 2013

Beyond the Business Case-Diversity and the Small/Medium Firm, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Conference, April 26, 2013

Construction Defect Litigation: A Novel Approach, PLRB Large Loss Conference, co- presenter, November 18-20, 2013.

Dangerous Road Ahead: Avoiding Collisions at the Intersection of Fiduciary Duty and Fraud, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Orlando, Florida, panelist, January 23, 2014.

Ethical Issues in Handling Coverage Disputes, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Boca Raton, Florida, April 11, 2014

“The Drones are Coming. Will you be Ready?” X Changing Learn at lunchtime program, London, England, May 15, 2014

Titans of the CD Industry- Mock Trial (Panelist),  MC Consultants East Region Conference, June 25, 2014

Straight from the Bench: How Judges Approach E-Discovery Disputes and View the Proposed Changes to the FRCP, American Bar Association, The Women of the Section of Litigation, panelist, November 6, 2014