Vincent Whittaker


Vince Whittaker is a partner in the San Diego and Indian Wells offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice.

Mr. Whittaker is an experienced federal and state trial lawyer with more than eighteen years of experience handling complex business litigation matters.

Mr. Whittaker’s recent trial victories include a 28-day jury trial in 2018 that resulted in a favorable verdict on behalf of a bank. In that case, the borrower was seeking damages against the bank in excess of $13,000,000. 

Also in 2018, Mr. Whittaker concluded a trial in Los Angeles Superior Court regarding the shipment of goods overseas in violation of U.S. export laws, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Mr. Whittaker obtained a favorable outcome for clients in light of the $4,000,000 Plaintiff sought to obtain at trial.

In 2019, Mr. Whittaker was successful in defending a partner in a partnership dissociation action wherein the dissociating partner was seeking approximately $1,000,000. At the conclusion of trial, the court indicated that the dissociating partner acted in pari delicto and breached his fiduciary duties to Mr. Whittaker’s client. Before judgment was entered, the plaintiff dismissed the matter, with prejudice, resulting in no exposure to Mr. Whittaker’s client.

Mr. Whittaker focuses on a multitude of subject matter areas including lender liability, complex real estate matters, construction disputes, breach of contract, employment discrimination, negligent misrepresentation and fraud, trade secret and unfair competition, shareholder and partnership disputes, and a wide variety of other commercial business disputes. He has also served as a devoted corporate advisor for small to mid-sized private businesses and governmental agencies, including prosecution and defense of government contracts.

Additionally, Mr. Whittaker has significant experience handling binding arbitrations and has successfully resolved many complex disputes through other alternative dispute resolution processes, including early neutral evaluation programs and mediation. Recognized as an effective and respected mediator himself, he has handled hundreds of mediations as a neutral during his career with a success rate of approximately 90%.

Mr. Whittaker also serves on the Board of Directors for a community bank in Southern California.


  • Riverside County Superior Court Discovery Referee, 2008-2015
  • Straus Trained Riverside County Civil Mediation Panel Member, 2008-2015
  • Riverside County Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Judge, 2006-2012

Pro Bono & Philanthropy

Mr. Whittaker has sat on numerous non-profit boards throughout his career.  Mr. Whittaker currently is a board member for the Southwestern Growers who raises approximately $200,000 per year for at risk youth in the Coachella Valley.


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California



Awards & Honors

Top Lawyers (Business & Commercial Litigation), Palm Springs Life Magazine, 2011-2018


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Juris Doctorcum laude, December 2000

  • Recipient of Trustees Scholarship for Academic Achievement 
  • High Honors, Trial Practice

University of San Diego

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, May 1996

Representative Matters

2018: Mr. Whittaker recently obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a bank obtaining a judgment in the amount of $1.2 million and a complete defense verdict wherein the cross-complainants sought damages in excess of $13 million. Case tried for 28 days in Imperial County Superior Court.

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