Gary F. Torrell

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Gary F. Torrell leads the Firm’s Business and Finance, Real Estate and Creditors’ Rights practice areas. He is a partner with over 30 years of legal and business experience. Gary is both a transactional lawyer and a litigator - quite unusual - making his clients feel protected and prepared for virtually any circumstance.

Gary spent the first half of his legal career working at national law firms. During his 12 years at Paul Hastings LLP (six as an equity partner) he handled creditors’ rights and bankruptcy cases as well as real estate and lending transactions, helped grow the firm's national creditors’ rights and bankruptcy department from two to 20 lawyers, appeared in bankruptcy courts across the country, and handled other matters including loan workouts, new loans and all types of real estate transactions. Over the next ten years, Gary worked as in-house counsel for three companies: as Senior Counsel at City National Bank; Chief Legal Officer at Downey Savings (a $16 billion, publicly-held, 2,500 employee, 200-branch bank); and General Counsel to a privately-held $1 billion national real estate company.

Gary has five published decisions; four at Paul Hastings representing creditors, and the fifth here at Valensi Rose representing a famous entertainer in bankruptcy.

He continues the Valensi Rose tradition of providing clients sophisticated business and legal advice coupled with a reasonable fee structure to provide exceptional value.


  • Litigation Group
  • Business and Finance Group
  • Real Estate Group


  • Banking; Secured Transactions
  • Corporate – Commercial and Business Law
  • Commercial Finance
  • Real Estate Sales, Leasing and Financing
  • Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Business Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights


  • California
  • All Federal Courts in California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D. - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • B.S. Business Administration - State University of New York, Buffalo, New York


  • Five published court decisions
  • A-V Rated (highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell)