Palm Springs Top Lawyers

114 Legal Eagles 2016

All the jokes about lawyers are pretty funny. Until you need one. When you do, these are proven winners

Kent Black Top Lawyers

Palm Springs Top Lawyers

Certain professions — doctor, plumber, auto mechanic, and lawyer — are absolutely essential to civilized living. Like many of my colleagues I informally surveyed, I have needed legal advice only occasionally. I’ve retained only three lawyers in my adult life, two with the same firm. All my cases had either neutral or favorable outcomes. The fact is, good legal advice might not always have the desired outcome, but it will always save your sanity.

Like most of us, you might have gone years, even decades, without requiring legal advice. But then the day comes. Whom do you choose? You have no idea how to go about finding good legal counsel. (Forget that guy who got Uncle Jimmy off. He specialized in DUI, and you need a probate attorney.)

Nearly 150 years ago, James Martindale, an Indiana-born lawyer and businessman, published The Martindale Directory, which was intended “to furnish to lawyers, bankers, wholesale merchants, real estate agents, and all others … the address of one reliable law firm, one reliable bank, and one reliable real estate office in every city in the United States … ”

If it had stopped there, Martindale would have been the original Angie’s List for legal eagles, but over the next century and a half, it added law firm profiles, foreign lawyers and firms, and, in 1930, purchased the publishing rights to Hubbell’s Legal Directory, which contained a digest of state laws, court calendars, and a selective list of lawyers and firms. Today, the annual, two-volume set is the ultimate legal source for more than 1 million lawyers and firms worldwide.

For the first time, Palm Springs Life, has compiled a list of 114 attorneys in the Coachella Valley who either are represented in Martindale’s listings or who have been selected by the magazine. Martindale-rated lawyers are marked by an asterisk.

— Kent Black

APPEALS

Kira Klatchko
74830 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-771-6363

BANKRUPTCY

*Jenny Lynn Doling
36915 Cook St.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-341-8837
www.4jdlaw.com

*Donald John Gagnon, III
44100 Monterey Ave., Ste. 209
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-773-0177

*George M. Hanover
36915 Cook St., Ste. 101
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-862-1982

BUSINESS

David Baron
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

*Kathie Browne
41750 Rancho Las Palmas Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-837-9292
www.kathiebrowne.net

Anthony Capobianco
41990 Cook St., Ste. 2006
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-568-6500
www.capobiancolaw.com

*Brent S. Clemmer
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

*David A. Darrin
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Ste. 100
P.O. Box 2744
Palm Springs, CA 92263-2744
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

Marc Empey
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

*Mary Gilstrap
45025 Manitou Dr.
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-360-2400
www.rhlawfirm.com

Rhona Kauffman
77564 Country Club Dr., Ste. 134
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-772-8225
www.rhonakauffmanlaw.com

*Thomas John McDermott Jr.
77530 Enfield Lane
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-779-5800
www.thomas-mcdermott-law.hosting-glf.com

*Mark J. McGowan
72630 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-340-3332
www.markjmcgowan.com

Robert Miller
78232 Cloveridge Way
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-360-8512

*Daniel C. Sever
71650 Sahara Road, Ste. 2
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
800-611-5150
www.severlegal.com

Vincent Whittaker
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 224
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-292-2222
www.vrwlawfirm.com

CONSTRUCTION

*Edward Cross
72980 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-773-4002
www.edcross.com

*Marc S. Homme
74361 Highway 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-5694

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Stephanie Arrache
41865 Boardwalk, Ste. 202
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-778-7615
www.stephaniearrache.com

Shaffer Cormell
82500 Highway 111, Ste. 11
Indio, CA 92201
760-347-6579, 888-552-7986
www.californiacriminalattorney.us

*John Patrick Dolan
45290 Fargo St.
Indio, CA 92201
760-775-3739
www.dolanlawoffices.com

*Dale Gribow
73061 El Paseo, Ste. 220
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-565-3152
www.dalegribowlaw.com

*John Jimenez
77564 Country Club Dr., Ste. 236A
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-537-4783, 760-345-4777
www.desertdefenders.com

Michael Kennedy
82632B Highway 111, Ste. 3
Indio, CA 92201
760-863-3840
www.kennedyforlaw.com

Joshua Mulligan
78060 Calle Estado, Ste. 21
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-4322
www.fwjmlaw.com

Dorinda Myers
77530 Enfield Lane, Ste. 1
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-200-0749

Joseph Rhea
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 328
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-870-1052, 888-541-1436
www.palmspringsdesertdefense.com

Mario Rodriguez
45841 Oasis St., Ste. 5
Indio, CA 92201
760-347-7771
www.mrcriminallaw.com

*Melanie Roe
41750 Rancho Las Palmas Dr., Ste. N-3
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-674-4800
www.melanieroeforthedefense.com

*Rodney Lee Soda
74361 Highway 111, Ste. 10
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-459-8542
www.palmdesertlawcompany.com

David Wiesen
73625 Highway 111, Ste. G
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-340-1800
www.taxsolutionattorneys.com

Forest Wilkerson
78060 Calle Estado, Ste. 21
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-4322
www.taxsolutionattorneys.com

DIVORCE

*Thurman W. Arnold III
225 S. Civic Dr., Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7915
www.thurmanarnold.com

*Mark. D. Gershenson
400 S. Farrell Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-422-5667
www.divorceattorneypalmspringsca.com

*Linda Klatchko
177 S. Civic Dr., Ste. 3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7878
www.klatchko.com

Thomas Nares
77564 Country Club Dr., Ste. 209B
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-717-4812
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*Victoria Leigh Penley
74133 El Paseo, Ste. B
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-1710
www.divorcelawyerpalmdesert.net

DUI/DWI

*Manuel Barba
68457 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 1
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-770-3377
www.barbalawyer.com

ELDER LAW

David Lynch
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 200
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-270-9285
www.desertelderlaw.com

EMPLOYMENT

Juan Armenta
41750 Rancho Las Palmas Dr., Ste. G
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-895-1580
www.englishlloyd.com

Megan Beaman Carlson
78060 Calle Estado
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-698-9626
www.beaman-law.com

John Fitzgerald
74770 Highway 111, Ste. 205
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-325-5055
www.fitzgeraldmulelaw.com

Karen Sloat
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 211
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-779-1313
www.karensloatlaw.com

ENERGY

Robert Hargreaves
74760 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-568-2611
www.bbklaw.com

ESTATE PLANNING

Julia Burt
73200 El Paseo, Ste. 1B
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-340-0034
www.juliaburtlaw.com

*Robert Firth
30877 Date Palm Dr., Ste. B3
Cathedral City, CA 92234
760-770-4066
www.firthlaw.com

Eric Gold
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 200
Palm Springs, CA 92262
888-561-5590
www.egoldlaw.com

*Joseph Timothy Hahn
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Stes. 200-168
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-565-2983
www.estatesattorneypalmsprings.com

*Elaine Estelle Hill
560 S. Paseo Dorotea
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760-864-9800
www.juliaburtlaw.com

*Helene Koch
45025 Manitou Dr.
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-360-2400
www.dreyerkoch.com

*Kimberly Lee
74916 Highway 111
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-776-9977
www.leelawyers.com

Valerie Powers Smith
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

Howard Sanger
400 S. Farrell Dr., Ste. B102
Palm Springs, CA 92262,
760-422-5751
www.sangerlaw.com

*John Shevlin
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 100
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

Christine Weiner
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 214
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-341-4500
www.estatetrustlawyer.com

FAMILY

*Donald Michael Bolas
44712 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-568-0675
www.donaldmbolaslaw.com

Peter Cabrera
82632 Highway 111, Ste. B-3
Indio, CA 92201
760-863-3840
www.cabreralawoffices.com

*Basil Chapman
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 122
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-340-3223
www.basilchapman.com

Michael Harrington
70025 Highway 111, Ste. 101
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-347-4445
www.michaelharringtonlaw.com

Barbara Kristal
69730 Highway 111, Ste. 209
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-324-3212

*Michael C. Peterson
225 S. Civic Dr., Ste. 1
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7915
www.thurmanarnold.com

*Nathan L. Rosenberg
78010 Main St., Ste. 203
La Quinta, CA 92253
760-777-6600
www.barristerfamilylaw.com

*Jon Shoenberger
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 100
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

*Charlotte Ruth Sternlieb
78000 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. 203
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-200-1777

*Frederic S. Wieder
44100 Monterey Ave., Ste. 203
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-6666
www.palmdesertfamilylawattorney.com

GOVERNMENT

John Pinkney
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

Lena Wade
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Henry Welles
74760 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-568-2611
www.bbklaw.com

LITIGATION

Amir Afsar
78000 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. 203
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-345-3110
www.afsarlaw.com

Peter Bochnewich
74830 Highway 111, Ste. 101
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-776-1377
www.mbtrustlaw.com

*Joseph Gibbs
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 222
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-779-1790
www.jagibbs.com

David M. Grey
74967 Sheryl Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-341-0111
www.greylawyer.com

*Brian S. Harnik
45025 Manitou Dr.
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-360-2400
www.roemerharnik.com

*Martin Lax
41995 Boardwalk, Ste. 3
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-346-8583

*Ulrich McNulty
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 100
Palm Springs, CA 92263
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

Shaun Murphy
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

Douglas Phillips
74760 Highway 111, Ste. 200
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-568-2611
www.bbklaw.com

Matthew Poelstra
73710 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. 120
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-9310
www.gbflawyers.com

Thomas S. Slovak
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
[email protected]

*Mitchell Sussman
1053 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760-325-7191, 800-233-8521
www.palmspringslitigationattorney.com

Roman Whittaker
73525 El Paseo, Ste. E2516
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-674-0998
www.anderholtwhittaker.com

Michael Zitomer
225 S. Civic Dr., Stes. 2-14
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-6443

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Martin Berman
400 S. Farrell Dr., Ste. B102
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-773-6444
www.mbermanlaw.com

*Steven Jay Weinberg
73111 El Paseo, Ste. 207
Palm Desert, CA 92260
866-572-0342
www.sjweinberglaw.com

PATENTS

*Jeffery S. R. Patterson
71650 Sahara Road, Ste. 4
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-346-7880

PERSONAL INJURY

Robert Blythe
72960 Fred Waring Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-837-1884, 800-830-7746
www.nordstrom-law.com

*Walter T. Clark
72098 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-862-9254
www.walterclark.com

Jason Cohn
74133 El Paseo, Ste. B
Palm Desert, CA 92260
888-480-3883, 714-547-5100
www.legalhelp123.com

R. Sebastian Gibson
128 Willow Lake Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-776-1810, 855-942-8669
www.sebastiangibsonlaw.com

William Koontz
71650 Sahara Road, Ste. 4
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
888-390-6139
www.wjkoontz.com

*Owen Latham McIntosh
41750 Rancho Las Palmas Dr., Ste. O4
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-568-4805
www.attyowenmcintosh.com

*Alan K. Nicolette
72960 Fred Waring Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-837-1884
www.nordstrom-law.com

*Barry Regar
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 213
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-440-5643
www.barryregarlaw.com

*Jacob Regar
74900 Highway 111, Ste. 215
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-600-0461
www.jacobregarlaw.com

*Scott Warren Sklar
901 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. A-201
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-778-4967
www.sklarandsklarlaw.com

PROBATE

Thomas Dominick
77564A Country Club Dr., Ste. 132
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-779-9572
www.flsdprobate.com

*David Vreeland Humphrey Jr.
41610 Indian Trail, Ste. 1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
760-340-6665
www.cosandcos.com

Wilfrid C. Lemann
77564-A Country Club Dr., Ste. 132
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-779-9572
www.flsdprobate.com

Christopher Manes
400 S. Farrell Dr., Ste. B102
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-422-5751
www.sangerlaw.com

REAL ESTATE

Nikki Allen
72980 Fred Waring Dr., Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-449-4310
www.nbadesertlaw.com

Stephen Armstrong
75100 Mediterranean Ave.
Palm Desert CA 92211
760-346-4741
www.roverarmstrong.com

Renell Burch
75280 Highway 111, Ste. 102
Indian Wells, CA 92210
760-836-3731
www.burchlegal.com

Robert Gilliland
40004 Cook St., Ste. 3
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-340-1515
www.gghoalaw.com

*Daniel T. Johnson
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 100
P.O. Box 2744
Palm Springs, CA 92263-2744
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

Philip Klatchko
177 S. Civic Dr., Ste. 3
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-320-7878
www.klatchko.com

Robert L. Patterson
1800 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-2275
www.sbemp.com

Michael Rover
75100 Mediterranean Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92211
760-346-4741
www.roverarmstrong.com

*Paul McLachlin Stoddard
40004 Cook St., Ste. 3
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-320-8345
www.stoddardlawoffices.com

*Christopher J. Thomsen
801 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 100
P.O. Box 2744
Palm Springs, CA 92263-2744
760-320-7161
www.ssslaw.com

TRUSTS

Jeremy Ofseyer
74000 Country Club Dr., Ste. H1
Palm Desert, CA 92260
760-346-3355, 888-220-7722
www.ofseyer.com

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

*A. Amos Lopez
3001 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 200
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-322-6261

Peter Schaeffer
777 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste. 200
Palm Springs, CA 92262
760-831-1633, 800-750-0111
www.pslaw.com

114 Legal Eagles 2016 was last modified: December 30th, 2016 by Kent Black