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Roman M. Whittaker is a Partner with Anderholt Whittaker LLP.  After spending nearly a decade with Best Best & Krieger LLP, Roman teamed up with J. John Anderholt III, the son of long time Coachella Valley lawyer John Anderholt Jr., to form Anderholt Whittaker LLP.  Anderholt Whittaker LLP provides a broad range of business and real estate related legal services for individuals to small and large businesses alike. 


Roman's practice focuses primarily on entity formation, business planning, financing and structuring, and alter ego liability; trademarks and intellectual property; business transactions and litigation; renewable energy transactions and Power Purchase Agreements; private offerings and Private Placement Memoranda; trade secrets, business interference and unfair trade practices; business/partnership disputes and dissolutions; human resources, general labor and employment matters; real estate development and land use; common interest developments and HOA law; real estate transactions and litigation; real estate purchase contracts and disputes; distressed properties transactions and foreclosures; escrow disputes; construction contracts, construction defects and mechanic’s liens; commercial leasing and unlawful detainer; asset protection and high-stakes collections.

Roman has been personally invested in the Coachella Valley, both financially and philanthropically, since moving to Palm Desert in 1999.  He is a Past President of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and is active with the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee.  Roman is a founding board member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - Inland Empire Chapter - Coachella Valley Branch [] and the Desert Communities Fuller Center for Housing [], and has also served on the board of directors of Martha's Village & Kitchen []. 

Roman is a member of the American Bar Association, Desert Bar Association and American Inns of Court - Warren Slaughter Richard Roemer Chapter.  Roman serves as a court appointed arbitrator for the Riverside County Superior Court - Desert Bar Association's Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program and has been voted Top Lawyer three years running by Palm Springs Life Magazine.  


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    17 years
  2. Business: 10%
    17 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    17 years
  4. Corporate: 5%
    17 years
  5. Other: 50%
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Hourly ($225-370/hour), contingent (25-50%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph Timothy Hahn

    Roman is a top-notch lawyer with whom I have worked and to whom I have referred many clients. He delivers results and is efficient and honorable.


    Joseph Hahn Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Shaun Michael Murphy

    Roman is a smart and dedicated lawyer who genuinely cares about his clients and their success. Clients considering Roman to represent them should be assured that they will be well taken care of.


    Shaun Murphy Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Anderholt Whittaker LLP

73-525 El Paseo
Suite E-2516
Palm Desert, CA, 92260

Anderholt Whittaker LLP

Satellite Office
1801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA, 92262

Anderholt Whittaker LLP

Satellite Office
80-853 Kebon Drive
Indio, CA, 92201



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2015
Top Litigation LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2014
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2013
Top Litigation AttorneyPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2012
Top Business LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2011
Certificate of Recognition - Palm Springs Chamber PresidentSenator Jim Battin2008
Proclamation Honoring Roman WhittakerPalm Springs City Council2008
Proclamation Honoring Roman WhittakerRiverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson2008
Certificate of Recognition - Leadership Coachella ValleySenator Jim Battin2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ArbitratorDesert Bar Association - Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program2013 - Present
PartnerAnderholt Whittaker LLP2010 - Present
Of CounselBest Best & Krieger LLP2001 - 2010
AssociateJoseph A. Gibbs & Associates1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Desert Bar Association - Mandatory Fee Arbitration ProgramArbitrator2013 - Present
Palm Springs Chamber of CommercePresident2006 - 2007
La Quinta Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Palm Desert Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Palm Springs Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Indio Chamber of CommerceMember2001 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Desert Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1999 - Present
American Inns of Court - Warren E. Slaughter Richard Roemer ChapterMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Puerta Azul Partners, LLC v. Davis/Reed Construction, Inc.Partial case dispostion on pre-trial motion leading to favorable settlement.
Mulhall v. Monterey Country Club Association, Inc.Plaintiff prevailed on pre-trial motions with the Court finding that the HOA's approval of these exclusive use grants of common areas was in violation of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Desert Golf & Tennis MagazineShould You Hire a Real Estate Agent or Lawyer to Buy a House2014
blogspot.comShould You Hire a Real Estate Agent or Lawyer to Buy a House2014
blogspot.comNew Law on Rent Restrictions2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - Santa BarbaraLaw & SocietyBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Joey English Radio ShowForeclosures2009