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Donald Roy Hartunian

Personal injury Attorney at Palm Desert, CA

4.8   17 reviews

also known as Don Hartunian

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2004

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004. See details

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident

    30 years, 1,157 cases

  2. Personal injury

    30 years, 1,414 cases

  3. Motorcycle accident

    30 years, 268 cases

  4. Trucking accident

    30 years, 179 cases

  5. Brain injury

    30 years, 37 cases


Donald Hartunian is committed to ensuring that his firm does a great job in serviing his clients.  For over twenty years, Mr. Hartunian has passionately represented accident victims.  In 1993, he formed the Law Offices of Donald Hartunian in Century City working on numerous cases including automobile, bicycle, motorcycle, pedestrian and slip and fall cases.  Mr. Hartunian is licensed to practice in all courts throughout California and local federal courts. 


In 2011, Mr. Hartunian formed the Hartunian Law Firm with offices in Century City and Palm Springs.  The firm has employed numerous attorneys, paralegals, office managers, clerks and several students from many local schools. 


Mr. Hartunian is a member of the State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Ventura County Bar Assoiciation and the Beverly Hills, Bar Assoication which he serves as Chair Elect on one of their committees. 




Client's Choice 2024
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73101 Hwy 111
Suite 4
Palm Desert, CA, 92260
2121 Avenue of the Stars
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90067
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  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Laura | October 12, 2013
Excellent Attorney Delivered Results & Personal Attention To My Injury Case
First, when the accident occurred I made sure the other party and I exchanged insurance information and before I went to the doctor, I contacted Donald Hartunian. Thereafter, from doctor bills to other expenses Mr. Hartunian helped, so that I never incurred any issues with my credit or notices from doctor bills. I highly recommend Donald for anyone who is in need of help with a personal injury accident!
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2012
Recommendation for Mr. Hartunian
This guy has really shown up for me and my personal injury case. I was sent to the right doctors, therapists, chiropractor and neurologist. Rental car was covered until i found a new car to replace my totaled one. Medical bills on lien til settlement, always on top of things even though he has a full case load.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2024
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Car Accident
Hartunian law firm provided excellent service by ensuring I received all medical treatment for injury suffered and communicating the progress of my case and fought for compensation of loss wages and injuries suffered due to accident.
Posted by Britney | May 9, 2024
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Simply The Best
I was rear ended by a Fed ex truck driver and had no luck with getting any help with my case until I was referred to the Donald Hartunian Law firm. I spoke with the attorney, explained my situation and concerns and He was able to take my case. The law firm was able to get in contact with the company immediately and provided me great service from start to finish. My case was settled in a timely matter and I was completely satisfied with the service and compensation. I will definitely recommend this law firm to any one looking for a great attorney.
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Posted by Joseph | April 25, 2024
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The Best!
I couldn’t have had a better experience. Mr. Hartunian and his whole staff were extremely supportive and communicative. Especially Pauline! I recently had gotten into an auto accident and they guided me through the whole process. They arranged doctor visits, handled all necessary paperwork, and kept me updated throughout the entire thing. 10/10
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Posted by Kimberly | March 5, 2024
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Red light
I would recommend Donald Hartunian to fight for you. He made sure that I seen the right doctors for my shoulder and neck and I went to my appointment like I was suppose to. He would call and ask if anything was needed
Posted by Jesse | January 30, 2024
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Overall amazing work
I highly recommend this lawyer and wanna thank the entire team who have been there from the very start to finish. They was super friendly and helpful just not to only me but to my friend who was involved in an accident.
Posted by Michael | February 11, 2023
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Excellent Injury Attorney
I highly recommend Donald Hartunian Law Firm to anyone. They are an amazing team that did an outstanding job to make sure my health was taken care of and I received the highest settlement for my case. The accident involved an 18 wheeler that moved into my lane when it was unsafe to do so. I was referred to Donald Hartunian by a coworker who also had an outstanding experience with his law firm. From the time I called Mr. Hartunian, he made sure I received the medical care that I needed to recover. The law firm kept me informed of the step by step process. Responses to my questions were always answered swiftly. Again, I highly recommend Donald Hartunian law firm to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney.
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Posted by Justin | July 22, 2022
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Phenomenal Injury Lawyer
We worked with Donald Hartunian after being rear ended. He did an outstanding job with our case. His staff was extremely helpful, kept us informed throughout the entire process. If you are looking for an attorney that will represent you well and get the most for you, Donald is the attorney you want to work with.
Posted by Amy | January 6, 2021
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Car Accident
Hartunian came highly recommended. He handled everything with care and professionalism; and genuinely cared for my well being during this stressful and painful time. I would definitely recommend him!!
Posted by Dulce | November 20, 2020
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Car Accident
Mr. Hartunian was very helpful with my car accident case and was fast and efficient. He informed and guided me throughout the process without leaving me worried about the next step. He went above and beyond; receiving what was expected. Would highly recommend
Posted by Samantha | March 27, 2020
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Hartunian is the first accident lawyer I have ever consulted and hired. He was on top of everything and genuinely cared for my well being. Would definitely recommend him to people I know who I know need the help for expenses!
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2020
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Car accident
Mr. Hartunian helped my dad with his accident that he was in due to someone careless driving... Mr. Hartunian help and got my dad a good settlement my dad is forever grateful thank you....
Posted by Karen | September 6, 2019
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Got into a car accident
About 3 months ago I had gotten into a car accident, it was a rear end collision and I had sustained a back injury, I was given a referral to the Hartunian law firm from a friend who recently hired him. I had Mr. Hartunain take my case with high hopes and I was not disappointed, he was straight forward and very clear with how the case was going to go, he kept in contact keeping me informed of the case and how it was going. The case was then resolved 4 months later resulting in me getting the money I was owed. I would 100% recommend Mr. Hartunian he's always there when you have a question and keeps you informed of your case.
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Posted by Peters family | February 22, 2016
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Family Attorney Don
Don has been our family attorney for several plus years now. Don has helped us gratefully, on different cases new and old. During financial times of hardship, Don still remained on the front line, in regards to proving legal assistance. We were never made to feel that it was all about the money to him. Don is the first and only person we call, for any matter requiring legal attention.
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Posted by Evelia | March 10, 2015
This Attorney will work for you like no other.
My son was struck by a vehicle being chased by the Police. He was taken to emergency room where he received medical treatment. During this stressful time dealing with the pain and suffering of my son's injuries, I was also worried about the medical bills and how to deal with insurance company due to car total loss, etc. with family and friends support I was referred to Attorney Donald Hartunian as one of the most caring and professional Attorneys in the area. There was no hesitation and the next day I called Mr. Hartunian who immediately showed the interest in helping us by handling our case. Mr Hartunian visited my son at the Hospital the same day I contacted him, listened to our worries and concerns. He explained the process to take over this case while we just needed to focus on my son's recovery. From that point forward, Mr Hartunian started handling our case very quickly, he personally drove to the tow yard and worked out a deal so we would not have to be stuck with storage costs for our vehicle while we straightened things out with insurance company. Mr Hartunian is an excellent Lawyer, and we can't thank him enough for working on our case and getting my son the compensation he deserved. I truly recommend Attorney Hartunian.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2013
Incompetent unprofessional ambulance chaser. Worst Attorney in California
The most incompetent Attorney I've ever dealt with. He failed to inform the fire department and the hospital that I have full coverage auto insurance. I sent him all the letters from the hospital and the fire department. I've sent him all collection letters. He was never on top of the case, he was extremely careless about every aspect of this case. Now, my credit is ruined because he failed to inform the hospitals of my on going case. After he received a settlement, he didn't pay the medical bills on time. He only paid one bill and left the other one open. The collection agencies and the hospital all have records showing that he never gave them my insurance information or adjusters phone number. He never provided a claim number, he never reassured the fire department or the hospital that they will get paid once the case settles. He never contacted them until it was in collection. I have to repair my credit myself. I have already filled a complaint with the California BAR, and I know for a fact that this half wit of an Attorney hase been disciplined once for illegally collecting money from clients while his license was suspended. My husband will also file a separate complaint against this incompetent irresponsible ambulance chaser. When my husband called him to get an update on weather he is working on getting the deletion letters from the credit reporting agencies. Donald, cursed at my husband over the phone and told him "to go f yourself, you idiot mother f-er"..... "WTF you want me to do? I am leaving town for vacation" "I don't give a f" This guy is a pathetic loser, nobody should have the misfortune to be his client. All the Attorneys out there should know about this ill equipped pathetic loser of an Attorney. He should lose his license immediately!!!!!! Zero communication skills Zero accountability Zero professionalism
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004.

Discipline with Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2004
updated on 01/20/2016

This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Donald's comment: “This discipline occurred more than 10 years ago when the State Bar placed me on inactive status for not completing my educational credits in 2002. During the time I was on inactive status, I signed up some clients by mistake so they suspended me for 30 days. NO clients were harmed and all three clients were given a FULL and complete refund.”

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • 1993 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of Bradley Arnold
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of William Newkirk
  • 1986 - 1986


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ramirez vs. CAL Trucking
  • $1,000,000 Settlement
  • Wade Handley vs. Pacific Bell
  • $600,000 Settlement
  • Kerrigan v. Baumgartner
  • Settled $250,000.00
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  • Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Chair Elect
  • 2013 - Present
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Honor
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2015
  • Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award
  • American Bar Association
  • 2014

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Palm Desert Personal injury Lawyer Donald Roy Hartunian
Donald Roy Hartunian
Personal injury Attorney
Palm Desert, CA
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004. See details