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For more than 23 years I have devoted my law practice exclusively to litigation.  I handle business litigation from both the defense and plaintiff's perspective in a variety of areas, including real estate, labor and employment, agri-business, unfair competition, contract, media, and corporate, partnership and LLC disputes, in both the state and federal courts.  I have also developed a litigation practice handling contested will and trust matters in the probate courts.  I am experienced in trial work, mediation, arbitration and appeals. 


I am the former President of the Desert Bar Association, a founding member of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and an active participant for many years in the Warren Slaughter/Richard Roemer American Inn of Court.


I currently serve as Secretary of Shelter From the Storm, the Coachella Valley's only shelter for victims of domestic violence. I also am Secretary of the Joslyn Senior Center in Palm Desert and Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley.


Representative clients include Palm Springs Air Museum, Tamarisk Country Club, Thane International, US Filter Corporation, LG's Prime Steakhouse and KESQ Television.




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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    25 years
  2. Elder Law: 25%
  3. Trusts: 25%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Robert Harlan Stempler

    I have known Ms. Gilstrap for many years. She is excellent, dedicated, and has a great reputation in the legal community. Robert Stempler


    Robert Stempler Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Guenther Antonio Richter

    I endorse this lawyer. Mary is very smart, hardworking, and obtains excellent results for her clients.


    Guenther Richter Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Roemer & Harnik, LLP

45025 Manitou Dr
Indian Wells, CA, 92210


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRoemer & Harnik LLP2004 - Present
PartnerSlovak Baron & Empey LLP1999 - 2004
Litigation AssociateBest Best & Krieger LLP1990 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Joslyn Senior CenterBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella ValleyBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Shelter From the StormSecretary -- Board of Directors2011 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationPast President2002 - Present
Warren E. Slaughter/Richard I. Roemer Chapter Inns of CourtMember1999 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationBoard of TrusteesN/A
Federal Bar Association (Inland County)Founding MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
California State University, Long BeachNewspaper JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1985