McGuireWoods’ Keola Whittaker Named Among L.A. Business Journal’s Top Minority Attorneys

January 29, 2020

McGuireWoods associate 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.

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