Mr. Torres was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, spent his formative years in Los Angeles, and is of Honduran descent. He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Torres attended San Francisco State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. He received his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington D.C, where he was a Dean’s Fellow and instructed legal research and writing courses. Mr. Torres focused his legal studies on international law and business. During law school, Mr. Torres clerked with the Office of the Judicial Attaché at the United States Embassy in Mexico City and The Office of International Affairs at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. In these positions, Mr. Torres gained experience in international criminal matters including extraditions, international evidence gathering, money laundering and a variety other international law enforcement problems.
After law school, Mr. Torres worked as an attorney with the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office, where he handled a large case load representing individuals charged with various serious criminal offenses. Mr. Torres also worked as an attorney with the Hulsey Law Group in Charleston, South Carolina where he handled a variety of complex civil litigation matters including commercial litigation matters, employment law disputes, personal injury cases, and health care fraud claims.
Recognizing a need in the Lowcountry community for bilingual legal services and immigration legal services, Mr. Torres opened the Torres Law Firm in 2005. Mr. Torres’ practice includes providing a full range of immigration services, in addition to cases involving both criminal and immigration consequences. Mr. Torres continues to handle a variety of criminal and civil matters.
Mr. Torres is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, teaching criminal procedure to masters students in the bilingual legal translation program. Mr. Torres also serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Criminal Justice Act Panel to assist in providing representation to indigent clients.
Marco Torres is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Federal Bar of Puerto Rico.
Claire Xidis Torres attended the College of Charleston, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. She received her law degree in 2001 from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington D.C., where she graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Ms. Torres worked with the non-profit Partnership for Law and Development in New Delhi, India, held a summer associate position in the civil litigation division of the New York City Law Department, and worked as a law clerk with National Education Association in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Torres served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. After her clerkship, Ms. Torres worked for over seven years as an attorney with the nationally-recognized litigation law firm, Motley Rice LLC, where she litigated a variety of cases including catastrophic injury, wrongful death, unfair trade practices, property damage, and environmental degradation cases. Ms. Torres has extensive experience in a variety of civil litigation formats including individual cases, mass torts, class actions, and public trustee actions. Ms. Torres has represented clients in numerous state and federal jurisdictions. In 2010, Ms. Torres joined her husband, Marco Torres, at the Torres Law Firm where she concentrates on the firm’s civil litigation and immigration matters.
Ms. Torres is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. Torres is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, the South Carolina Women’s Bar Association, the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the West Virginia Bar Association, and the District of Columbia Bar Association.