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Roman E. Darmer


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  • Yale University (J.D. 1987; B.A. 1984)

Bar Admissions

  • 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


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William C. Canby Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1987-1988)

Government Service

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York (1995-1999)

For more than 20 years, Roman Darmer has defended clients facing civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state enforcement agencies. He also has defended issuers, officers, and directors in securities class actions and derivative lawsuits. As 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 public and private 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 and has argued appeals in the federal courts of appeal. Roman has litigated complex commercial disputes, trade secret, and intellectual property disputes. Recent representations include clients in the retail, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.

Roman is president of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County for the 2018-2019 term. He currently serves as a board member for the Public Law Center and served as 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 a case successfully challenging Huntington Beach, California's amendment to its housing element that effectively limited available affordable housing sites in that city for U.S. veterans.

Roman Darmer