January 30, 2023

New York, NY, January 30, 2023 -- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Marina A. Torres has joined the Firm as a partner in in the Litigation Department, where she is part of Willkie’s White-Collar Defense Practice. She is based in Los Angeles.

A former federal prosecutor with over 30 trials in federal and state courts, Marina is an experienced litigator whose trial practice has included complex commercial litigation, criminal investigations and enforcement. She has broad experience with government enforcement actions, corporate internal investigations, and solving complex and sensitive legal, policy, and regulatory issues.

“Marina is an exceptional litigator and passionate advocate for justice,” said Alex Weingarten, Managing Partner of Willkie’s Los Angeles office. “With experience in government and in private practice, Marina has a rich and diverse background that will further bolster our growing Los Angeles team of more than 75 lawyers, and further expand our ability to meet the needs of our clients in the region.”

For six years, Marina served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the District of Columbia and the Central District of California. Prior to that, she was a political appointee with the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, where she was part of the policy team leading the design and implementation of the President’s executive actions on immigration. Marina was also a candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney in the 2022 election. Most recently, she was of counsel at California litigation boutique Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg LLP.

Marina commented: “Willkie’s deep bench of outstanding litigators combined with its dynamic and growing team in Los Angeles make the firm an ideal fit for the next phase of my career, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Willkie.” 

Willkie’s Litigation Department includes approximately 250 lawyers worldwide who represent major U.S. and non-U.S. financial services companies, accounting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, media companies, and individuals in complex commercial and class-action litigation. The Department has extensive experience conducting internal corporate investigations and internal corporate matters. In addition, the team regularly represents companies and individuals in investigative and enforcement proceedings brought by federal and state regulatory agencies.


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