Joscelyn Jones Torru is a well-known, leading attorney with a practice emphasis in estate planning, probate, trust administration and criminal defense matters. Joscelyn was born and raised in Southern California, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in 1978 and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. After being nationally selected for a Reginald Hebert Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, she was relocated to the Bay Area to begin her legal career.
Joscelyn's dedication to the law and providing exceptional legal representation has become her hallmark. Her personal motto is Integrity above all else, which has garnered her respect of the judiciary, colleagues, community leaders and clients. She is recognized in the legal community as an excellent legal advocate, temporary judge and adjunct law professor. She has been appointed by the Contra Costa County Superior Court to represent adults and juveniles in criminal cases; to represent minors in guardianship cases; and to represent general and limited conservatees in conservatorship cases. She is privately retained to represent clients (family members, fiduciaries, heirs/beneficiaries) in probate and criminal cases in Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco and Solano counties. She has been certified by the court as an Administrative Mental Health Hearing officer and a Temporary Judge over traffic, landlord/tenant, real estate, municipality and land use matters, domestic violence, civil harassment, collections, contracts, personal injury cases and other small claims legal disputes.
Joscelyn is an active member of the California State and Contra Costa County bar associations. She has volunteered as a board member of the (formerly known as) Contra Costa County Legal Services, Battered Women's Alternative and Sutter Delta Hospital. She continues to volunteer and serve as a county bar association speaker at local PTSA presentations on Bullying and Social Media Harassment; at Law Days; and working with Richmond and Deer Valley High Law Academies and their moot court teams.