Mr. Henry B. LaTorraca

Mr. Henry B. LaTorraca

Owner since February 1, 2006
Location:
Long Beach, California
Phone:
562-485-9960
Fax:
562-216-2943
Email:

Experience

Mr. LaTorraca has represented parties in complex litigation, including, but not limited to, insurance coverage and bad faith, breach of contract, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, legal and medical malpractice, fraud, malicious prosecution and other intentional torts, negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, conversion, strict liability for defective products and failure to warn of dangerous products, partnership dissolution, corporate director's and officer's liability and shareholder's rights, negligence, construction defect, trespass, nuisance and inverse condemnations of real property, employment litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, or perceived sexual orientation in violation of Title VII (42 U.S.C §2000e), F.E.H.A. (Government Code §§12900 et seq.), the Ralph Civil Rights Act regarding freedom from violence or intimidation in the workplace (Civil Code §51.7), and the Bane Act regarding interference with rights secured by the Constitutions of either the United States of America or California (Civil Code §52.1). He has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts to conclusion over 30 years wherein punitive damages have been sought. He has written and argued numerous civil writs and appeals in state and federal courts. He has also drafted many documents pertaining to business transactions. He has an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. His undergraduate degree in business administration and his experience as managing partner of his past and present firms for over a decade adds to his qualifications as a lawyer in complex business litigation and commercial transactions.

Lectures

Mr. LaTorraca has given several lectures on theoretical and practical considerations regarding claims of insurance bad faith and management of insurance bad faith litigation. Mr. LaTorraca gave a three-hour course on "Defenses and Contemporary Legal Issues" at the National Arson Investigation Training Seminar sponsored by the Insurance Committee for Arson Control held on April 5-8, 1992 at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California. In 1999, Mr. LaTorraca gave several lectures on SB 1237 and AB 1309, which later became Propositions 30 and 31, the Fair Insurance Responsibility Act of 2000 and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act. Mr. LaTorraca was one of a prestigious panel of speakers which included the risk manager of Fox Entertainment Group, a regional analyst from SAFECO Insurance Companies, and a claims advocate from Marsh USA, Inc. for a three-hour course, "You Be the Judge! Does This CGL Policy Provide a Defense/Indemnity," held on May 4, 2000 for the 38th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Risk and Insurance Management Society in San Francisco, California.

Expert Consulting Testimony

Mr. LaTorraca has been consulted as an expert in insurance bad faith, and he has testified in depositions and at trial as an expert in insurance bad faith, most recently, as an expert retained by State Farm in Masri v. State Farm, wherein the jury agreed with Mr. LaTorraca's opinion that State Farm's handling of Mr. Masri's claim was reasonable. Mr. LaTorraca was recently an expert witness for a client of a law firm in a binding fee arbitration before three arbitrators that unanimously found that a major downtown Los Angeles law firm overbilled the client by approximately $90,000. The panel's written opinion stated, in part, "The panel finds the analysis presented by Mr. LaTorraca regarding padding persuasive."

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Contracts
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Trademarks
  • Trusts

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1977
  • Supreme Court of California, 1980

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - June, 1976
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • California State University, Long Beach, California
    • B.S. magna cum laude - June, 1973
    • Major: Business Administration, Specializing in Finance
  • California State University, Long Beach, California
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • "Defenses and Contemporary Legal Issues", National Arson Investigation Training Seminar, 1992
  • "Collision Course", Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, March, 2000
  • "The ADR Act: 'A Mined Safe Harbor'", Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, March, 2000

Honors and Awards

  • AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Long Beach Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP, Of Counsel, February 1, 2005 - January 31, 2006
  • LaTorraca and Goettsch, A Law Partnership Long Beach, California, Partner, 1990 - January 31, 2005
  • Perona, Langer, LaTorraca & Beck, A Professional Corporation Long Beach, California, Vice President, Director and Shareholder, 1983 - 1990
  • Predecessors of Perona, Langer, LaTorraca & Beck, A Professional Corporation Long Beach, California, Associate, 1977 - 1983

Languages

  • English (Primary)