For more than 20 years, Roman Darmer has defended clients facing investigations and enforcement actions by the United States Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies. He represents companies, officers, and directors in securities class actions and derivative lawsuits. A former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Roman leads internal investigations on behalf of companies, boards, and board committees. He advises companies on anticorruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act programs and compliance.
In addition to his securities work, Roman is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases to verdict. Roman regularly litigates complex commercial and business disputes. Recent representations include clients in the private equity, financial services, hospitality, spirits, retail, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.
Roman served as president of the board of directors of Community Legal Aid SoCal in 2018-2019. He served on the board of directors of Public Law Center of Orange County and was president of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County in 2016-2017. He is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County. Roman is a member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee and maintains an active pro bono practice. In 2017, he received the Daily Journal's CLAY Award (California Lawyer of the Year) for extraordinary achievement in 2016 for his work on behalf of veterans and a community organization challenging Huntington Beach, California's amendment to its housing element that limited available affordable housing sites.
SEC Announces $110 Million Award to Whistleblower and $1.1 Billion in Total Awards to 214 Individuals Since 2012
Recent SEC Enforcement Action Stresses Importance of Not Impeding Whistleblower Communications with Regulators
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seizes Two Shipments of Imported Products Found to Be Made With Forced Labor
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Steps Up Enforcement Activity Against Products Made With Forced or Indentured Labor
SEC Awards More Than $500,000 to Individual Whistleblower Under "Safe Harbor" for Prior Internal Reporting
- November 29, 2020
36th Annual SEC Reporting & FASB Forum -- "Staying Out of Trouble -- SEC Enforcement Update"
- Yale University (J.D. 1987; B.A. 1984)
- California; New York; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (1995-1999)
The Best Lawyers in America (2019-2022): commercial litigation; criminal defense: white collar; and 2021 Lawyer of the Year — Orange County, California for litigation — securities
- Law Clerk to the Honorable William C. Canby Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1987-1988)