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As the owner of Wine Country Family Law, P.C. Lindsay Torgerson works with clients and sets the tone for her growing firm. Since founding the firm in 2008, Lindsay has kept her focus on clients and has dedicated herself to treating them as more than someone seeking legal services. They want—and deserve—to be listened to, respected, kept informed, and vigorously represented in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
As her legal team has grown, Lindsay has carried this philosophy forward by hiring only caring, professional attorneys and support staff who can be counted on to uphold these standards. Lindsay enjoys working closely with clients to help them persevere through what is often the most difficult period of their life. Although it can be stressful working with clients’ personal issues such as love, finance, and children, Lindsay can’t imagine doing anything else. To put it lightly, she would be bored to tears working in an area of law where she didn’t have such close interactions and a noticeably direct impact on people’s lives.
Lindsay graduated from the William Howard Taft University School of Law in 2007, where she was the recipient of William Howard Taft’s Ninth Annual Law Enforcement Scholarship and Earl Warren Award for Outstanding Law Student (both in 2004 and 2006!). Lindsay was in her early twenties when she first realized she wanted to become a lawyer. After being wrongly terminated from a corporate bank job, she decided to research California unemployment codes and represent herself in court. As intimidating as it was to go up against a big bank all on her own, she won the case and began to build confidence in her burgeoning legal aptitude. Unsurprisingly, she takes extra joy in representing clients against banks like Wells Fargo, as she’s now a big believer in karma in action.
Lindsay’s background in family law is both unique and highly relevant. Her own personal experiences as a child and adult of divorce enables her to assist clients through difficult family law processes because she has literally “been there” herself. Lindsay uses these experiences–the good, the bad, and the ugly–to help guide her family law clients to the best possible results without sacrificing their family’s well-being or their own sense of self.
In addition to Family Law, Lindsay has extensive knowledge of bankruptcy matters that gives her unparalleled ability to help divorce clients through debt issues. She has assisted over six hundred families in Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Lake, and Marin counties in filing bankruptcy.
Her experience growing up in a single-family, one-income household, as well as former struggles as a newly-divorced, self-employed single mother of two boys, helps her appreciate the financial difficulties her bankruptcy clients endure. Lindsay understands bad things happen to good people. It doesn’t make them a bad or irresponsible person–it makes them human.
Lindsay also loves educating clients about both the legal process and the laws that affect them, all the while connecting with them on a personal level. She enjoys transcribing complex information into easy-to-understand concepts. It’s crucial to her that her clients are empowered to make well-informed decisions that can influence their case and families’ lives. Lindsay believes it is her duty to personally connect with all of her clients, appreciating when clients trust her to push them forward to their next step.
Notable experience includes a 2015 published case in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel where Lindsay prevailed in erasing a client’s private student loan owed to a for-profit university without showing her client had any “undue hardship.” Since then, this appellate decision has served as case law that has assisted others in wiping out similar debts owed to schools throughout the western United States. It has also been the subject of several judicial conferences nationwide.
What Working With Our Team is Like
When you first call our office to discuss your legal issue, our intake specialists confirm that your legal issue is one we can help you with. Once we do that, we schedule your initial consultation with one of our attorneys, process your consultation fee, and email you an online case evaluation form you’ll need to fill out before your consultation. If we decide that we can’t help you with your particular issue, we’ll do our best to refer you to somebody who can.
Clients will work closely with all members of our team. Our Legal Case Administrator initially handles all client calls and directs them to the correct team member or resource in addition to scheduling client appointments and handling all of our billing. Our paralegals work very closely with our clients preparing necessary documentation, filing with the courts, coordinating hearings, and ensuring all deadlines are met.
Lindsay also works closely with her clients to answer legal questions as they come up, and provide them with ongoing guidance, support, and advice. She carefully prepares for her clients’ hearings and is always at their side if they have to go to court. Our team brings their unique insights together to devise the best strategies for each client’s case.
This team player approach allows our clients to benefit from our collective knowledge and experience, rather than just a singular viewpoint or base of knowledge. It reassures our clients that if their assigned attorney is out sick or on vacation, they’ll still receive support from other team members, if and when necessary.
Interesting Facts About Lindsay
- She is a living kidney donor (her mother received her ‘spare part’) and she is happy to share her experience to raise awareness of the importance (and relative ease) of organ donation.
- She is married with two young adult sons and one grandson.
- She was on a women’s roller-derby team until she realized that she needed to keep her body-parts in-tact!
- She used to play bass guitar in her son’s kid-band!
- She enjoys snowboarding, tennis, photography, and riding her motorcycle.
- She is a former youth soccer coach and was the vice president of a local soccer league.
- She has aspirations to learn how to play the guitar and would like to take-up bird-watching when she retires [in 50 years]!
- Her and her spouse got engaged at a 49’ers game!
- Food trucks, especially Mexican food ones are her favorite – she actually had a taco truck at her wedding!
- The State Bar of California, 2008
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2014
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2013
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2009
- Mendocino County Women’s Bar Association, 2017 – 2019 (President)
- Napa County Bar Association, 2013 – Present (Member)
- Mendocino County Bar Association, 2012 – Present (Member)
- Lake County Bar Association, 2014 – Present (Member)
- Napa County Women’s Bar Association, 2013 – Present (Member)
- Sonoma County Bar Association, 2008 – 2015 (Member)
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, 2009 – 2015 (Member)
- “Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute” workshop, American Bar Association/National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- William Howard Taft University School of Law, Fountain Valley, California, J.D. 2007
- “Client Satisfaction 10 Best Female Attorney,” American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2016
- Client Choice Award, Avvo, 2016
- Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services, Child Support Officer to Certified Law Clerk, 1998 – 2006
- Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, 1997 – 1998
- Presenter, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy In a Nutshell, Mendocino County Women’s Bar Association, 2016
- In re Christoff, Bankruptcy 13-10808DM, (B.A.P. 9th Cir. Jun. 13, 2014)