Henry B. Latorraca

  • Owner, 02/01/2006





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.


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

  • Aiding and Abetting
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitrations
  • Attorney Fee Arbitrations and Litigation
  • Business Disputes Litigation
    • Breach of Contract
    • Interference with Existing Economic Contractual Relationships
    • Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage Litigation
    • Unfair Competition
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Confidential Relationships
    • Agents
    • Attorneys
    • Brokers
    • Conservators
    • Controlling Shareholders
    • Corporate Directors
    • Corporate Officers
    • Executors of a Will
    • Guardians
    • Investment Advisors
    • LLC Managing Members
    • Partners and Joint Venturers
    • Personal Representatives of Estates
    • Professional Fiduciaries
    • Spouses and Domestic Partners
    • Trustees
  • Civil Appeals (California and Federal)
  • Civil Trials (California and Federal)
  • Conspiracy (Civil)
  • Emotional Distress Litigation
    • Intentional
    • Negligent
  • Employment Litigation
    • Americans with Disability Act
    • Breach of Employment Contract
    • Discrimination
    • Hostile Work Environment
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Wage and Hour Violations
    • Wrongful Termination
  • Family Law Litigation
    • Child Support
    • Division of Community Property
    • Domestic Partner Dissolution
    • Marital Dissolution (Divorce)
    • Spousal Support (Alimony)
  • Expert Consulting and Expert Testimony
    • Attorney fees
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Fraud and Deceit
  • Intentional Torts
    • Abuse of Process
    • Assault and Battery
    • Defamation
  • Libel
  • Slander
    • False Imprisonment
    • Invasion of Privacy
  • Intrusion into Private Matters
  • Public Disclosure of Private Facts
  • Publicity Placing a Person in a False Light
  • Misappropriation of a Person’s Name or Likeness
    • Malicious Prosecution
  • Insurance Bad Faith Litigation
    • First-Party Property Disputes
  • Damage to, and Loss of Use, of Your Covered Property
  • Business Interruption
  • Extra Expense
  • Medical Payments
  • Personal and Business Coverage Disputes
    • Third-Party Disputes
  • “Advertising Injury” to Other Party
  • “Bodily Injury” to Other Party
  • Coverage Disputes
  • Duty to Defend
  • Duty to Indemnify
  • Excess Coverage
  • Excess Judgments
  • Independent Counsel (formerly, “Cumis”) Disputes and Arbitrations
  • Monitoring Litigation Counsel
  • Personal and Business Liability Coverage Issues
  • “Personal Injury” torts to Other Party
  • “Property Damage” to Other Party
  • Refusal to Defend
  • Refusal to Indemnify
  • Refusal to Settle
  • Subrogation
  • Umbrella Coverage
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Arbitrations
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (other than Patent)
    • Copyright
    • Trademark
    • Trade Secret
    • Unfair Competition
  • Mediations
  • Personal Injury Litigation
    • Automobile Accidents
    • Catastrophic Injuries
    • Elder Abuse
    • Governmental Claims
    • Negligence
    • Personal Injury
    • Premises Liability
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Property Litigation
    • Conversion
    • Loss of Use
    • Property Damage
    • Trespass to Chattel (Personal Property)
  • Probate Litigation
    • Lack of Capacity
    • Petitions and Objections
    • Undue Influence
    • Will Contests
  • Product Liability
    • Failure to Warn
    • Negligence
    • Strict Liability
  • Real Property Litigation
    • Boundary Disputes
    • Nuisance
    • Trespass
    • Quiet Title Actions
  • Trust Litigation
    • Heggstad Petitions
    • Lack of Capacity
    • Petitions and Objections
    • Trust Contests
    • Undue Influence

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
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 06/1976
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California
    • B.S. - 06/1973
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
    • Major: Business Administration
    • Minor: Finance
    • Minor: 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, Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member, Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP, Of Counsel, 02/2005 to 01/2006
  • LaTorraca and Goettsch, A Law Partnership Long Beach, California, Partner, 1990 to 01/2005
  • Perona, Langer, LaTorraca & Beck, A Professional Corporation Long Beach, California, Vice President, Director and Shareholder, 1983 to 1990
  • Predecessors of Perona, Langer, LaTorraca & Beck, A Professional Corporation Long Beach, California, Associate, 1977 to 1983


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He is a highly-respected litigator who has been recognized by his peers with an AV Preeminent® rating*

AV | Distinguished | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards And Legal Ability