Keola Whittaker has been recognized as one of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s
2020 Top Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles, earning the accolade for building a successful litigation
practice and serving in community leadership roles.
Whittaker has more than a decade of experience representing financial
institutions and Fortune 500 companies in complex cases around the country.
He has represented numerous financial institutions in litigation resulting
from the 2008 financial crisis, assisted an international mining giant in
groundbreaking environmental litigation, and helped a startup food and
beverage company navigate its first product recall.
Whittaker co-chairs the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s
Appellate Subcommittee of the Business Litigation Committee. For the past
three years, he has co-authored a chapter in the ABA’s annual edition of
“Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation,” which covers
key issues, case summaries, legislation and other recent developments.
“Keola is a rising star dedicated to helping his clients succeed and
building a more inclusive community that values diversity,” said
Hamid Namazie, managing partner of the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. “We are proud
that he has been honored for his important contributions.”
Outside his law practice, Whittaker is committed to serving his community.
He is the board president of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, the
spiritual center of Los Angeles’ social justice activists and progressives
since its founding in 1877. Whittaker is a member of the Hispanic National
Bar Association and National LGBT Bar Association, which has named him one
of the “40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.”
He co-founded Trevor NextGen at The Trevor Project, a nonprofit
organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention for
LGBTIQ youth. In that role, he brought together groups of young, motivated
volunteers in Los Angeles, New York and other communities to design and
organize fundraising, outreach and recruitment opportunities. Whittaker
also serves on the board of OutRight Action International, a
nongovernmental organization dedicated to advancing human rights for LGBTIQ
people around the world.
“I am honored to be included among such a stellar group of attorneys and
thankful I work at a firm that values diversity as one of its core tenets,”
said Whittaker, based in McGuireWoods’ downtown Los Angeles office.