Arabelle Aportadera-Torres

    Senior Associate
    Morris Polich & Purdy LLP
    Los Angeles
    Direct: 213.417.5350
    Main: 213.891.9100

    Arabelle’s background is in civil litigation with emphasis in the areas of products liability, life sciences, and asbestos litigation. She handles all aspects of the litigation, from the answer or demurrer to the drafting and analysis of discovery to the drafting and arguing of dispositive motions and trial support.

    In the area of products liability, the primary focus of Arabelle’s practice is the representation of manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biologics in a broad range of product liability claims as well as other complex litigation matters in both the state and federal levels. For example, she has participated in multi-district litigation involving contact lens solution and multi-party product liability litigation involving pain pumps and cold therapy devices.

    In the area of asbestos litigation, Arabelle has represented a wide variety of companies brought into asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases in California and under the federal Multi-District Litigation courts. She has developed substantial expertise in the management of mass torts and actively participates in all aspects of litigation, including discovery, plaintiff, percipient and expert witness depositions, dispositive motions and other pre-trial motions and trial preparation.

    In the area of cyber, privacy & data security, Arabelle is familiar with the mounting privacy and data security challenges that confront healthcare providers and various healthcare and financial companies. She was involved in evaluating these risks and involved in the development of policies, strategies and tools to meet compliance needs. She also has experience in electronic records management from assessing a company’s document retention program to navigating court rules and decisions regarding the production of electronically stored information (ESI). Her e-discovery experience extends not only to helping clients meet their obligations to preserve and produce electronic materials, but also to come up with a defensible and reasonable e-discovery plan that is cost-effective for the client.

    Arabelle has an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center where her course of study included international business transactions, international negotiations, and intellectual property law. She obtained her J.D. from one of the top law schools in the Philippines and was a member of the Law Journal in her junior and senior years.

    Before joining MPP, Arabelle worked as an associate at a plaintiff’s firm, where she was involved in all aspects of civil litigation, and has experience in family and employment law. Prior to that, she also worked as a corporate attorney in Manila and clerked at the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

    Practices & Industries:  Products Liability  |  Life Sciences  |  Asbestos Litigation  |  Cyber, Privacy & Data Security

    Education

    • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
    • J.D., Ateneo de Manila Law School, 2001
    • A.B., Ateneo de Manila University, 1997

    Court Admissions

    • United States District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (MDL 875)

    Bar Admissions

    • California, 2006
    • Philippines, 2002

    Professional Memberships and Activities

    • California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
      - Member of 2013 Annual Business Conference Committee
      - Member of Newsletter Committee

    Speeches, Publications and Email Alerts

    • "Attorney General Kamala Harris Issues New Privacy Guide," www.privacydatasecurity.com, June 13, 2014
    • "Ninth Circuit Holds Medicare Part C Plans Do Not Have a Right of Recovery Under Federal Statute," Email Alert, May 22, 2013
    • "Neighbor Disputes: Law and Litigation" treatise, Consultant Editor
    • "California Supreme Court Reaffirms Work Product Doctrine for Witness Statements and Witness Identities," Email Alert, August 9, 2012
    • "Employer Has No Duty to Protect Family Members from Secondhand Asbestos Exposure in Court of Appeal Ruling," CMCP Legal News Blawg and JD Supra
    • "California Appellate Court Holds Premises Defendants Not Liable Under Bystander Asbestos Exposure Claim," Email Alert, June 7, 2012
    • "Replacement Parts Doctrine Upheld in California Asbestos Case," Email Alert, February 2, 2012