William Tortu

Mr. William Tortu specializes in litigation of business and real estate-related disputes and in civil appellate practice. Mr. Tortu is also well versed in business agreements and real estate transactions of all kinds, and has represented a New York Stock Exchange company in its corporate and securities matters. Mr. Tortu has used his expertise in parliamentary procedure to assist corporate clients in the conduct of shareholders’ and directors’ meetings. A former Presiding Arbitrator of the State Bar of California, Mr. Tortu was responsible for supervising arbitration of attorney-client fee disputes throughout the state, as a result of which he has become expert in all facets of attorney’s fees and legal ethics, and has acted as an expert witness on those subjects. He has taught legal research and writing and legal ethics at Whittier Law School. A former trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mr. Tortu was elected in 1989 to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, membership in which is limited to 0.33% of lawyers in each state.


J. D. with honors 1975, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; B.A. in History 1972, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professional Affiliations:

Member, State Bar of California and New York Bar. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Past President, Italian American Lawyers Association – Los Angeles County. Judge pro tem., Los Angeles County Superior Court and Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Municipal Courts. Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, State Bar of California and Los Angeles County Bar Association.