Lisa Torraco is a 1991 graduate of University of New Mexico School of Law. Upon graduation Torraco work as an assistant district attorney for the Second Judicial District. In 1993 worked for the Santa Fe District Attorney’s office where she was appointed to lead the Child Abuse Division for Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. A prosecutor, Lisa Torraco has prosecuted all levels of felony and misdemeanor cases and in 1993 the New Mexico State Bar Association awarded Lisa Torraco “New Prosecutor of the Year.”
Lisa Torraco was a member of the Board of Directors for the Prosecutor Section of the New Mexico Bar Association from 1993 -1996. She served as a special prosecutor for the Second Judicial District, from 1996 to 2006. She was an Assistant City attorney for the City of Rio Rancho and prosecuted cases on behalf of the City. Dedicated to law enforcement, Lisa Torraco has advised police departments on risk management and employment matters and defended police in civil rights actions.
Lisa Torraco began her teaching career at New Mexico State University when she taught an undergraduate criminal justice course inside the New Mexico Women’s Correctional facility in Grants, New Mexico. She has taught in a course in Sociology and the Law at the University of New Mexico. She began teaching the District Attorney clinic at the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1996. Lisa Torraco left the UNM law school program when it closed in 2006 and opened her own law firm. In her private practice, she works in State and Federal Courts in a myriad of cases, including but not limited to civil litigation, small business representation, and criminal law.
Lisa Torraco is a former New Mexico foster parent and currently represents foster children and parents in the Children’s Court. As a foster parent, Torraco has fostered 11 children. Torraco is a single mom, has four children, three grown step-children and one grandchild.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
May 1997 – present
Lisa A. Torraco, Attorney at Law
Lisa practices litigation and appeal and can handle criminal and civil cases in state district and federal court. She has represented parties in appeals at all levels of the appellate process including the New Mexico Supreme Court. Lisa has worked as a mediator and arbitrator in civil cases as well as a litigator in complex civil litigation. Currently, her practice consists primarily of criminal and commercial litigation and appeals.
August 1996 – May 2007
Visiting/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law —District Attorney Clinic
University of New Mexico Law School
For over ten years Lisa taught the District Attorney Clinical Law Program at the University of New Mexico School of Law. This program was a demanding emersion into the prosecution of criminal offenses. Lisa taught third year law students the fundamentals of criminal prosecution as well as trial and courtroom technique and teaching the Federal Rules of Evidence, Rules of Procedure, Rules of Professional Conduct and other relevant areas of law. In the courtroom, she supervised the students in the prosecution of actual criminal cases within the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office.
June 1996 – June 1997
Assistant City Attorney
Rio Rancho City Attorney’s Office
As an Assistant City Attorney Lisa acted as one of four municipal attorneys. Serving as legal counsel to several departments, including the Department of Public Safety on personnel and policy matters. Lisa taught training courses for the Rio Rancho police and other adjacent police departments, and prosecuted all cases for the City of Rio Rancho and any subsequent appeals.
January 1993 to June 1996
Senior Trial Attorney
First Judicial District
As the Senior Trial Attorney for the Child Abuse Division, Lisa’s caseload consisted primarily of first degree felony offenses, child rape, molestations, and murder. She was solely responsible for all phases of the criminal trial from the initial intake of cases, the Grand Jury, trial and final disposition.
August 1991 – January 1993
Assistant District Attorney
Second Judicial District
This position required the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court; D.W.I. and domestic violence. In this capacity Lisa has prosecuted thousands of D.W. I. and domestic violence cases