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Stephen John Armstrong

Real estate Attorney at Palm Desert, CA

5.0   10 reviews

About Stephen

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Stephen is a shareholder of Rover Armstrong A.P.C.  Stephen began his legal career in Howard, Rice's (now Arnold & Porter LLP) Litigation Department where he practiced commercial and business litigation.  Thereafter, Stephen was an associate at a boutique law firm in Walnut Creek performing litigation services, primarily representing design professionals, mostly architects and engineers. 


Stephen received his Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He also attended the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in Political Science and obtained his Bachelor of Science in 1994. 


Prior to attending college, Stephen served in the United States Navy, stationed on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, as a nuclear reactor operator.


Stephen resides in La Quinta with his wife and children.

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Licensed for 22 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Rover Armstrong APC
75100 Mediterranean
Palm Desert, CA, 92211


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Posted by John | September 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helped me with real estate contract, ernest money
Stephen is an outstanding attorney. He listened to my case and quickly realized the facts and the flaws. He has a high sense of ethics. Where others thought I had no case( I had released contingencies) Stephen helped to craft a winning strategy. He was very encouraging. My ernest money was returned, saving me much time, aggravation, and money.
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Posted by George | April 2, 2013
Sometimes you need both, a good offense and even better defense.
Stephen has represented my company very effectively for contract disputes, collection issues and just as important, a strong defense when needed.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2013
I can emphatically recommend Stephen Armstrong as a responsive and effective counsel on all cases I have brought to him. He has been especially helpful in dealing with the complex real estate matters I have sought his help on. He has extraordinary computer and digital navigation skills which enable him to access information, write briefs and respond to questions much faster than the many others I have worked with in the past. Perhaps my favorite traits in Mr. Armstrong are his generally congenial and pragmatic personality. Unlike so many other attorneys who lull you into a state of dreary gloom and doom, Stephen remains upbeat and exudes an appropriate sense of humor that is so needed when the "going gets tough". In summary, he is not only an effective attorney, but also a truly good guy! I prefer to remain anonymous for legal reasons, but asure you I am not one of his relatives or college buddies, but rather a client that met him through a need for counsel. ~BH 3-24-2013
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Posted by Diane | March 23, 2013
Responsive and dedicated Attorney
Stephen has represented me in numerous business related cases over the past 10 years. . His breadth and depth of knowledge is impressive. He is, experienced, professional, and handled my cases in the most expeditious and competent manner. I would recommend Stephen and his firm without reservation.
Posted by Martin | March 22, 2013
Martin Wolter/Sales Executive -Marriott International
I have been using Stephen for many years. he has always been professional and responsive. In short he has been a valuable asset in my business affairs over the years.
Posted by John | March 22, 2013
Smart Guy!
Smart Guy, Has represented me for many years. I couldn't be in the construction business without him.
Posted by Lewis | March 21, 2013
Review of Stephen John Armstrong
I had a new Cessna airplane, and in October of 2007 a drunk Flight Instructor crashed and destroyed my plane. I immediately hired The Rover Armstrong Law Firm. For the next 5 years Stephen Armstrong worked to unravel the dozens of Fed and State laws. Yes – there was a day when everything was settled and completed. I look back at the 5 years, and I must say that Stephen was always knowledgeable, responsive and I he had my back.
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Posted by Blake | March 21, 2013
Blake Jumper
A genuine and authentic no Bull Attorney. Straight forward with a direct and educated response and execution of legal matters. I highly recommend Mr. Armstrong.
Posted by Sal | March 21, 2013
Professional, Fair
Stephen performed exceptionally, I would recommend his services to anyyone without hessitation. He was fair, kept me informed and most of all spoke to me in "simple English".
Posted by Linda | March 15, 2011
Very, Very Knowledgeable!
I had a real estate matter that Mr. Armstrong helped my company with! I am very pleased with both his service & knowledge! Without disclosing too much information, he saved me from myself! A really great attorney!
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Rover Law Firm, APC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin
  • 2000 - 2002


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of California Berkeley
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Lass v. Telford
  • Judgment
  • Webb v. Cleary
  • pending in 9th Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Former Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2012
  • University of California Alumni Association
  • Vice President
  • 2007 - 2009
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Volunteer Appreciation
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2011
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  • DCA Newsletter
  • Protecting Your Trademark
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Business and Construction Law Seminar
  • Legislative Changes to California Mechanic's Lien Laws
  • 2013
  • Changes in Construction Law - California
  • Mechanic's Lien and Stop Notice Remedies
  • 2011
  • Contract Provisions and Payment Collection
  • Public Works
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
Business Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Stephen for 10+ years and have always been impressed by his professionalism and work ethic. He holds a wealth of knowledge in the arena of corporate, business and construction law and is a skillful strategist when advising client. He is accessible and responsive. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Stephen for over 10 years. He is a hard working, diligent advocate for his clients who balances aggressiveness with effectiveness. I refer cases to him on a regular basis."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is one of the premier attorneys in the Palm Springs area. His litigation skills are second to none."
Business Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen Armstrong is an attorney that is well versed in all aspects affecting the cases he handles and works tirelessly for his clients."
Business Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."