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Roman Whittaker is a Partner with Anderholt Whittaker LLP, a boutique business, corporate and real estate law firm in Palm Desert, California.  Roman spent nearly a decade with Best Best & Krieger LLP—the largest and one of the most prestigious law firms in the Inland Empire—before founding Anderholt Whittaker LLP in 2010 to provide more cost effective services to his clients.

Roman holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law.  Roman is a Past President of the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and founding member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - Inland Empire Chapter - Coachella Valley Branch.  Roman currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Community Trust, which fosters productive and responsible young people through effective community collaborations, including the Academy of Musical Performance—a "School of Rock" type music program that teaches young musicians and performers how to produce a live concert. 

Roman's practice focuses primarily on entity formation, business financing, business structuring and alter ego liability; business transactions and litigation; trademarks, trade secrets, intellectual property, business interference and unfair trade practices; business/partnership disputes and dissolutions; real estate acquisitions and development; common interest developments and HOA law; real estate transactions and litigation; agent/broker disputes and escrow disputes; construction contracts, construction defects and mechanic’s liens; residential and commercial leasing, landlord-tenant law and unlawful detainer; human resources, general labor and employment matters; trust, estate and probate litigation; asset protection and high-stakes collections.  More importantly, Roman is in the business of relationships and has cultivated strong, long-lasting relationships with both his clients and key business players in the Coachella Valley and beyond.   


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

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Business: 10%
    17 years
  2. General Practice: 10%
    17 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    17 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    17 years
  5. Other: 60%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-400/hour), contingent (25-50%), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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.

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    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.

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    Shaun Murphy Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact info

Anderholt Whittaker LLP

73525 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
45149 Smurr Street #A
Indio, CA, 92201

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199905/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2016
Legal EaglePalm Springs Life Magazine2016
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2015
Top Litigation LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2014
Top LawyerPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Top Litigation AttorneyPalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Mandatory Fee Arbitration PanelDesert Bar Association2013
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
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Desert Bar Association - Mandatory Fee Arbitration ProgramArbitrator2013 - Present
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
Palm Springs Chamber of CommercePresident2006 - 2007
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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Publications
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
Education
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