John Torbett

John Torbett

Trial Lawyer

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Practice Areas

Government Liability
Bad Faith
Inverse Condemnation
Real Property
Business Litigation


J.D., Southern Methodist University 
B.A., Economics,
Vanderbilt University 


John Torbett is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on general business litigation, real property litigation, insurance litigation, including bad faith, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, partnership disputes, corporate governance and control disputes, entertainment litigation and securities litigation. Mr. Torbett has represented clients in the Film and TV industry, interior design, internet commerce and publishing, finance, consumer finance, food distribution, hospitality, real estate investment and development, veterinary businesses and business brokers. Mr. Torbett also has experience in general corporate law, asset purchases and sales, as well as business entity formation and content agreements for contributors to web based publications.

Mr. Torbett has tried multiple jury trials to verdict, as well as bench trials, and several FINRA arbitrations. Mr. Torbett has won two seven figure judgments for his clients and obtained favorable, six figure settlements in dozens of other cases. Mr. Torbett was lead trial counsel in an inverse condemnation case against the city of Los Angeles where he obtained a $5.6 million judgment for his client. In addition, Mr. Torbett has obtained multiple six figure settlements for his clients on inverse condemnation claims against the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Mr. Torbett obtained a six figure settlement in a copyright infringement action on behalf of a film maker.

Prior to becoming of-cousnel to KTL, John Torbett graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Economics and received his JD from the Southern Methodist Univ. School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Torbett participated in the SMU Law School’s criminal clinic program where he represented indigent clients referred by the public defender’s office and had two jury trials in Dallas County Criminal Court. Immediately after law school, Mr. Torbett worked at Creative Artist’s Agency, and two feature film production companies.

  • Awards
    • Southern California Super Lawyer 2021 

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