Humanism in the legal field
Founded in 2003 by Lawyer Luis Portero de la Torre – son of the former Chief Prosecutor of the High Court of Justice of Andalucía, Ceuta and Melilla – our law firm, LUIS PORTERO ABOGADOS, aspires to be a model firm in the legal sector recognised for its commitment to excellence in client service.
With offices in Malaga and Porto, LUIS PORTERO ABOGADOS has developed an extensive network of collaborators in other cities within Spain and in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, the United States and Israel in order to offer the best service and provide comprehensive solutions to the needs of our clients within an increasingly competitive and complex environment.
Today, our firm comprises 27 lawyers and specialists in Malaga, Spain and 4 in Porto, Portugal. Our team provides legal advice, specialising in Immigration and Nationality Law, and works for clients from more than 30 countries.
LUIS PORTERO DE LA TORRE
Born in 1972 in Málaga, he graduated in Law from the University of Granada (1995). He received Erasmus scholarship and completed an academic year at The National University of Ireland Galway (1993). In 1997 he graduated with honors from LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Comparative and International Law from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas (Texas, USA). In 2005, the University in Granada awarded him, with a distinction, the Diploma in Advanced Studies in European Constitutional Law.
Luis Portero de la Torre is a renowned Spanish lawyer with his own offices in Malaga, Seville and Madrid. His long career in the field of law has led him to be a laywer specialized in counseling and litigation in matters related to administrative law (immigration, expropriation, administration´s financial liability), civil law and criminal law. Since 2005 he has been a member of the legal team of Federación Acoge which is dedicated to protecting rights and freedom of foreigners who regularly or irregularly reside in Spain.
Luis Portero de la Torre participated in the preparation and approval of four legislative initiatives in the Spanish Parliament: the Law on support for the victims of terrorism (2011), the proposal of reform to the Law on political parties promoted by UpyD (2013), the regulation of the Law of victims of terrorism (2013) and, more recently, the Draft Law on granting Spanish citizenship to Sephardim (since July 2014). Along with Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón (former Minister of Justice of Spain) Gabriel Elorriaga (repporteur of the law in the Congress of Deputies) and Isaac Querub (President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain – FCJE) Luis was one of the promoters of the Law on granting Spanish citizenship for Sephardim. The work carried out by Luis, who represented FCJE in the parliamentary procedures for the approval of the Law in the Spanish Congress and Senate, has been decisive in the approval of the Law; he presented numerous proposals with amendments and changes to the draft of the Law and met and contacted spokespersons of different political formations of the Congress of Deputies, senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries.
Between 1995 and 2000 he lived and worked in the United States of America, where he collaborated as a Foreign Legal Consultant for Hughes & Luce, L.L.P and Winstead Sechrest & Minick, P.C, two most reputable law firms in Dallas (Texas, USA). He also developed his professional career in the prestigious law firm of Garrigues in Málaga, where he was head of the firm´s commercial and international department (2000-2003). His life turned upside down when on October 9, 2000, terrorist group ETA murdered his father, Luis Portero García, who was Chief Prosecutor of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalucia. Since then, Luis and his brother Daniel have dedicated themselves to being committed activists in the fight against terrorism. While working as a lawyer, Luis has always remained active in social, business and cultural lives of the countries where he lived. This was reflected during his stay in Dallas, in his involvement in the Southwestern Legal Foundation, International Trade Association, Dallas Council on World Affairs and International Professional League.
In Spain he is an active member of Asociación Víctimas del Terrorismo, one of the most important socio-political lobbies in Spain, of which he was President in 2003 and 2004. In 2005 he became part of Partido Popular party in Málaga, of which he was Deputy Secretary of Territorial Organizations between 2005 and 2007. From 2005 to 2009 he was also a member of the Board of Directors of Ateneo de Málaga, an artistic and literary association established in Málaga. Currently he is actively collaborating with Asociación Dignidad y Justicia, an organization that promotes some of the most important judicial cases opened in the National Court against the terrorist group ETA.
Since 2009 he has been a Deputy Secretary and Deputy Member of Real Club Mediterráneo de Málaga, the oldest and most awarded nautical club in Spain, of which he was a Vice President from July 2015 to April 2020. Additionally, he is a Secretary of the Fundación Luis Portero García. Luis was a member of Comisión Técnica of the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries attached to the Ministry of Justice of the Government of Spain, a body that was responsable for launching the electronic Platform of the Ministry of Justice which has been used ever since to register in order to apply for Spanish citizenship. The Comisión Técnica has also been responsible for the preparation of the Instruction of September 29, 2015, of the General Directorate of Registeries and Notaries, on the implementation of the Law 12/2015, of June 24, in the matter of granting Spanish citizenship to Sephardim originating from Spain.
Publications and academic activity
Luis is a regular speaker at academic conferences and seminars of various specialized centers and associations; he has given almost one hundred conferences throughout Spain, the United States (Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Albuquerque and Atlanta), Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Israel. He regularly collaborates in the creation of articles on legal, political and economic topics for the publications featured in newspapers, magazines and books. He has participated in the publication of five books and thirty articles in newspapers and academic magazines specialized in criminal law, administrative law and immigration law.
One of his most frequently quoted articles is titled “Sefarad reabre sus puertas”, and it was published in September 2014 in various local newspapers. In 2014 Luis also wrote two other articles for the Revista Sepín that specializes in immigration law, where he suggested corrections to the Preliminary Draft and to the subsequent Draft Law. Luis Portero has been awarded the Grand Cross of Humanitarian Merit in recognition of his work carried out in the name of Asociación Víctimas del Terrorismo (2005). He has been also awarded the Gold Badge of the Granada Basketball Club (2004). In 2014 he received the Distinguished Cross of Merit, awarded by the Asociación Nacional de Mérito Duque de Ahumada. His academic achievements earned him several scholarships in the United States, Ireland and Spain.