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Vincent R. Whittaker

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    70%

    23 years

  2. Business
    10%
    Vince Whittaker has litigated numerous complex business matters

    23 years

  3. Commercial real estate
    10%
    Vince Whittaker has litigated numerous complex commercial matters

    23 years

  4. Real estate
    10%
    Vince Whittaker has litigated numerous real estate matters

    23 years

Vince Whittaker is a Buchalter APC Shareholder, co-residing in San Diego and Indian Wells, with a trial practice focusing on complex business & commercial litigation throughout California as well as in other jurisdictions.

Mr. Whittaker is an experienced federal and state trial lawyer with over two decades of handling high-stakes complex business/commercial litigation. Mr. Whittaker focuses on a multitude of subject matter areas including agribusiness, banking/lender liability, complex real estate matters, contract disputes, construction disputes, employment related matters, negligent misrepresentation and fraud, partnership and shareholder disputes, trade secret and unfair competition, and a wide variety of other commercial business disputes. He has also serves as a devoted legal advisor for private businesses and governmental agencies.

Additionally, Mr. Whittaker has significant experience handling binding arbitrations and has successfully resolved many complex disputes through other alternative dispute resolution processes, such as early neutral evaluation programs and pre-litigation mediation. As a recognized and respected mediator himself, Mr. Whittaker has handled hundreds of mediations as a neutral during his career.

Mr. Whittaker has sat on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career, and is currently a board member for the Southwestern Growers Committee, who raise approximately $200,000 per year for at risk youth in the Coachella Valley. Mr. Whittaker is also a board member for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) in San Diego. Mr. Whittaker is also a shareholder and serves on the Board of Directors for Community Valley Bank with branches in Imperial County, Riverside County and San Diego County.

Mr. Whittaker's most recent trial results include:

• 2021 (ADR Services, Inc., Los Angeles) Lead Trial Counsel- Obtained a full defense award on behalf Mr. Whittaker's San Diego based financial institution client. A cross-complaint was filed against Mr. Whittaker’s client by one of its borrowers alleging, inter alia, negligent misrepresentation and fraud in the inducement of the borrower’s loan agreements claiming Mr. Whittaker’s client made representations inconsistent with the express terms of the loan documents. The Court rejected borrower’s claims and found that Mr. Whittaker’s client’s representations and conduct were consistent with the express terms of the loan agreements and within customary industry standards for banking institutions, resulting in no exposure to borrower's multi-million dollar claim.

• 2019 (Imperial County Superior Court) Lead Trial Counsel- Obtained full dismissal (with prejudice) by multiple parties prosecuting claims against Mr. Whittaker's agricultural client in a partnership dispute. In that matter, the dissociating partners were seeking over $1,000,000 from Mr. Whittaker’s client. At the conclusion of trial testimony, the court’s preliminary remarks were that the dissociating partners acted in pari delicto (unclean hands) and breached their fiduciary duties to Mr. Whittaker’s client. Before post-trial briefing was submitted, plaintiffs dismissed the matter, with prejudice, resulting in no exposure to Mr. Whittaker’s client.

• 2018 (Los Angeles County Superior Court) Lead Trial Counsel- Obtained favorable verdict on behalf of Mr. Whittaker's Colorado based computer chip manufacturing client. In that matter, the dispute centered on the shipment of goods overseas in potential violation of U.S. export laws, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Mr. Whittaker obtained a favorable outcome for his client in light of the $4,000,000 plaintiff sought to obtain at trial.

• 2018 (Imperial County Superior Court) Lead Trial Counsel- Obtained a full defense verdict following a 28-day jury trial in favor of Mr. Whittaker's Imperial County based financial institution client. In that matter, the borrower was seeking damages against the bank, as well as its employees and directors, in excess of $30,000,000. The jury verdict resulted in a complete defense verdict, as well as a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of Mr. Whittaker’s bank client for the deficiency amount owed by the borrower and guarantors.

Location

Buchalter APC
655 W. Broadway, Suite 1600
San Diego, CA, 92101
Buchalter APC
74-770 HWY 111, Suite 104
Indian Wells, CA, 92210
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mueller/Olivier/Whittaker LLP
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Best Best & Krieger, Attorneys at Law
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Slovak Baron & Empey LLP
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • The Rover Law Firm, APC
  • 2001 - 2002
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Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor- Cum Laude
  • 2000
  • University of San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Riverside County Superior Court Mediation Panel
  • Mediator
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Business Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Peer Review Rating 4.4/5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2011
  • Discovery Referee/Special Master
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2011
  • BV Peer Review Rating 4.3/5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2010
  • Discovery Referee/Special Master
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2010
  • Mediator
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Discovery Referee/Special Master
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Riverside County Superior Court
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Thomas Jefferson Law Review
  • The Quick Buck, International Finance and Forfaiting
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Professionals Annual Conference
  • Complex Torts
  • 2013
  • The Good, Bad and Ugly -- Issues Facing Realtors
  • Legal Issues Facing Realtors
  • 2011
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Legal Issues For Real Estate Agents
  • 2011
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Legal Issues For Real Estate Agents
  • 2010
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Legal Issues For Real Estate Agents
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
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Business Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Aside from being a very smart and creative attorney, Vince is old school. He understands the value of face-to-face communications and you can take him at his word. These traits make him that much more effective. He is an asset to his clients and to the community."
Mediation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Vince Whittaker for a number of years and hold him in high regard. I have used Vince as a mediator in a number of matters and I am aware that other attorneys in my firm use him as a mediator as well. Vince is a gifted mediator and deal maker. He has successfully mediated and resolved matters that I thought were highly unlikely to settle. Vince is certainly one of the most capable mediators in the Inland Empire."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Vince in his capacity as a mediator and settlement officer. He is very knowledgable and can get to the heart of the matter quickly. I would not hesitate to use Vince as a litigator or mediator."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vincent is a highly effective and savvy litigator, with an excellent professional reputation."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vince Whittaker is a gifted attorney, with superior business sense and savvy understanding of business owners' needs and concerns. I recommend Vince for clients who want a knowledgeable, ethical and strategic attorney who is practical and fights hard for the right result."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've referred clients to Vince and he does an excellent job."
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San Diego Litigation Lawyer Vincent R. Whittaker
Vincent R. Whittaker
Litigation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 22 years