Dennis Torres is a skilled, talented mediator, arbitrator
and negotiator who is committed to serving the best interests of all parties.
He has successfully settled and negotiated thousands of disputes and contracts
throughout his professional career.
More than 30 years of business experience enables Torres
to quickly identify the key issues of any dispute, separate the
conflict from the personalities and pragmatically work toward
resolution. Additionally, he brings a high degree of integrity
and creativity to the process, often being praised for his “out
of the box” solutions.
A daily meditator since the mid 1970s, it is easy for Torres
to remain centered, focused and neutral while being firmly committed
to resolution. His style utilizes a full range of facilitative,
evaluative, distributive and transformational methods as best
suited for the individuals and the uniqueness of each challenge.
While varying the process to fit the parties and the dispute,
typically he will first caucus with counsel for both sides, followed
by a joint session with all parties, then individual caucuses
with each disputant and their attorney. His success rate is among
the highest in the industry and his solutions among the most satisfying.
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Torres received his formal
training in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University's School
of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, which is rated
number one in the country. He has both a Master's Degree in
Dispute Resolution and a Professional Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution.
Additionally, he is a graduate of The
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York where he earned a degree
in industrial engineering. He also studied law at LaSalle
University before being assigned duty with the United States Air
Force in Vietnam. In 2006, he completed the PON at Harvard Law School.
In addition to his private practice, Torres
serves as an adjunct professor of negotiation and dispute resolution for Pepperdine University and as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR),
the California Academy of Mediation Professionals (CAMP),
the Arbitration, Mediation & Conciliation Center (AMCC), the State
of California Superior Court in Ventura County and Los Angeles County, and the Courts
of Malibu, Santa Monica and Van Nuys, and as both a mediator and arbitrator
for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). He has
been professionally associated with Pepperdine University
Torres is a member of the Southern California
Mediation Association (SCMA), the Society of Professionals in Dispute
Resolution (SPIDR), which in 2001 merged and is now known as the Association
for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the American Bar Association (ABA) Associate, and the Community Associations Institute (CAI),
a nationwide organization for homeowner associations. He specializes in commercial
and business disputes with particular expertise in all areas of the real
estate industry including, but not limited to, disputes involving contracts,
borkerage, escrow, transactional matters, appraisal, construction and contractor
law, title, property management, leasing and community associations
Torres, a licensed real estate professional
since 1970, founded and operated a multioffice general real estate
brokerage company employing a sales staff of more than 100 licensed
agents who spoke more than 20 languages. The company, headquartered
in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California captured
one of the largest market shares of business among independently
owned agencies. During that time Torres
and his company were members of 10 different Boards of Realtors.
He has been a successful real estate developer; principal in a real
estate investment trust; a highly compensated real estate consultant;
property manager and Director of Real Estate Operations for Pepperdine
University where he headed a team that regularly acquired, managed and
disposed of hundreds of millions of dollars in properties all across the
Torres has served as president of many
business, professional and charitable organizations including
two homeowner associations; The Men’s Association of Vista Del
Mar; The Rotary Club of Malibu; Averi Dennis Realtors; Round Structures
Inc.; The American Medical Support Flight Team, Inc. and One Vision,
Inc. He also served as (1999-2000) president of the Association
of University Real Estate Officials (AUREO) a professional organization
of real estate officials from nearly every major university in
the United States (and some in Canada and Australia), including
Harvard, Stanford, Princeton; Yale, MIT, USC, University of California,
Purdue, Vanderbilt and others.
Torres and his wife Averi were married
in 1969. In 1983 they founded a charitable organization called
Angel Flight whose mission is to provide free air transportation
aboard member’s private aircraft for medically needy persons who
are unable to utilize commercial transportation either because
of financial or medical reasons. For the first 5 years of its
existence Torres served as president,
executive director, chief fundraiser, mission coordinator and
pilot. Today under the umbrella of Angel Flight America, approximately
25,000 flights per year, (68 per day, nearly 1 flight every 20 minutes of every day)
are provided free of charge to families in need across America.