Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Olga Torres of our member firm Torres Law – Customs & Global Trade in the US.
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
We assist companies with international trade regulatory challenges, foreign direct investment issues, anti-corruption, and industrial security matters.
Who would be your typical client?
Companies with international operations that import and export, or develop sophisticated technologies in the defense or commercial sectors. We represent a variety of industries such as aerospace, defense contractors, retail, software, fashion, pharmaceuticals, electronics – to name a few.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
We take great pride in offering excellent work product and results while at the same time maintaining cost-efficiency and quick turnarounds. We are able to handle challenging cases involving multi-government agency disclosures and internal corporate investigations. Our area of the law is very niche and technical and we take the time to understand our clients’ products, technologies, operations, and company culture.
What has been your most challenging case?
Leading an internal corporate investigation for export violations that ultimately led the company to discipline several employees. Fortunately, we were able to help our client avoid any penalties by the regulatory agencies.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Getting re-appointed by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs to the Defense Trade Advisory Group, which allows me to advise the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls on its regulation of defense trade in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
Travel, work out, and think about practicing law (ha!)
What would surprise people most about you?
It’s a secret.
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
I just joined the ILN, and have only attended the regional Austin conference. I was very impressed by the high caliber of its members, and the potential opportunities for networking with accomplished attorneys from all over the world.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Stage actress – because you can be many things and have many personalities.
If a movie were made about your life, who would you want to play you?
How would you like to be remembered?
A force to be reckoned with.