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Page 16 Tuesday, March 15, 2011 B U S I N E S S P R O F I L E Roemer & Harnik LLP: A history of service and success Roemer & Harnik LLP is dedicated to providing

its clients with the experience and sophistication needed to succeed in all aspects of business litigation. From complex trial work to general counsel, from land use and business formations to bankruptcy, contracts, employment and estate planning, the firm’s commitment to professional excellence stems from the guiding principles set forth by visionary founder Richard Roemer, whose 54 years practicing law set the standard of professionalism, exemplary ethics, and tireless client service that the firm continues to follow to this day. Mr. Roemer’s advice has stood the test of time: “Do not confuse effort with results!” Today that legacy is continued by managing partner Brian Harnik and a dedicated and accomplished group of attorneys and staff united by their commitment to excellence and their shared set of core values. Brian S. Harnik:A trial lawyer with three decades of

experience as an aggressive and successful advocate in business law. Brian S. Harnik served as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York before coming west to build a practice devoted to civil matters, land use and real estate development, entitlements and environmental issues, and business transactions. He is a past president of the Desert Bar Association, vice president of Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, vice president of Desert Town Hall of Indian Wells, director of Sunrise Bank of San Diego, and serves as general counsel to The Living Desert and Hidden Harvest. Patrick J. Casey: Patrick J. Casey has thirty years

experience in bankruptcy law and reorganization. Since 1981, he has assisted or been primary counsel for debtors in over one thousand bankruptcy cases, and has also represented Chapter 7 trustees, debtors in possession, and creditors. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Helene P. Dreyer Koch: Helene P. Dreyer Koch has

been practicing law in California since 1992, and has been with Roemer & Harnik LLP for a decade. Her practice focuses upon the creation of wills and trusts, estate planning, trust administration, and probate proceedings. In addition to being a member of American Mensa, she serves of the Planned Giving Committee of the Desert AIDS Project. She attended the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (B.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (J.D.). Mary E. Gilstrap: Mary E. Gilstrap has been

practicing business litigation for almost 20 years. She has represented both public and private entity clients in a variety of capacities, from pre-litigation dispute resolution through trial and appeals, and has acted as outside counsel for two international publicly traded companies. Ms. Gilstrap has an undergraduate degree in journalism, and worked for the Los Angeles Times before attending law school. She is the president elect of the Desert Bar Association, and serves on the board of directors for Shelter from the Storm. James T. Latting: Part of the Roemer & Harnik team since 2002, James T. Latting focuses on civil litigation,

The attorneys and staff of Roemer & Harnik, LLP at their office in Indian Wells.

employment, real estate, and general business matters. He participated in the first Mediation Training Course sponsored by the Riverside County Superior Court, and sits periodically both as Judge Pro Tempore and as a settlement conference judge for the Riverside Superior Court in Indio, California. He attended Yale University (B.A.), the University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D.), and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics. He serves as an executive committee member for Family YMCA of the Desert. Richard Umbenhauer: Having practiced law for

over 35 years, Richard Umbenhauer has a broad range of experience in business, real estate and insolvency law. He served as general counsel and chief operating officer for a national franchise company and as in-house counsel for a real estate development company before joining Roemer & Harnik LLP. For more than 13 years, Mr. Umbenhauer was a trustee in bankruptcy; he has served as a court-appointed receiver for the purpose of managing and liquidating failing businesses. He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker. The Roemer & Harnik core values:

There is no substitute for real-world experience.

Clients need representation that has been there before. The attorneys at Roemer & Harnik LLP possess decades of experience. They have earned the respect of their colleagues and adversaries, and provide a level of performance commensurate with their extraordinary depth of knowledge and skill. Reputation must be earned. Clients approach

Roemer & Harnik LLP expecting world-class legal service, and the firm makes every effort to exceed those expectations. The attorneys and staff at Roemer & Harnik LLP take great pride in the AV rating awarded by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. This rating represents the highest possible assessment awarded for both legal acumen and ethical standards, and is based on the confidential opinions of the local legal community, including both members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

P A I D A D V E R T I S I N G Client relationships are built to last. The firm’s goal

is to become a longstanding, valued counselor and advisor providing all its clients with reasoned advice that can be relied upon now and in the future. To do this, a firm must understand the client’s needs, address them regularly, and perform above expectations. Service is not a sacrifice. Beyond service to the

client, Roemer & Harnik LLP is founded on a philosophy of commitment to the community it serves. That commitment is a cornerstone of the Roemer & Harnik culture. Attorneys at the firm work diligently to strengthen their community, as demonstrated by their long history of support for charitable organizations and other public institutions. Attorneys at the firm serve as general counsel to The Living Desert and Hidden Harvest Food Bank; they are on the boards of The Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, the Family YMCA of the Desert, Desert Town Hall of Indian Wells, and Shelter From the Storm, as well as the Planned Giving Committee of the Desert AIDS Project, just to name a few. Value matters, and can be measured. A key

component of the Roemer & Harnik philosophy is providing value to its clients. Understanding that legal services are expensive, the firm works closely with clients to ensure financial resources are used wisely and with the client’s goals in mind. The objective: spend resources where they matter, and focus effort where it will achieve maximum results. The goal of success is always borne in mind, as is Mr. Roemer’s timeless advice: “Do not confuse effort with results!” For more information about Roemer & Harnik LLP, visit or call (760) 360-2400.

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