Peter M. Whelan

Peter M. Whelan

Partner since 2009
Washington, District of Columbia

Peter M. Whelan represents employees as lead and co-counsel, and has helped achieve favorable outcomes for numerous clients in a wide range of employment-related litigation, including individual discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases, as well as in severance negotiations and contractual disputes. Mr. Whelan has also counseled non-profit employers on hiring and termination of employees, employee grievances, harassment investigations, employee handbooks and policies, restrictive covenants such as non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and other personnel issues.

Mr. Whelan joined the Firm in September 2009 from the litigation group of a larger Washington D.C. firm, where he focused on employment law, helped represent professional athletes and public officials in high-profile appellate litigation, and represented clients pro bono in political asylum and landlord-tenant matters.

Mr. Whelan graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law. He served as a Research Editor for the George Mason Law Review and as a Writing Fellow in the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program. As a member of the Moot Court Board, Mr. Whelan and two classmates won the 2007 Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school, Mr. Whelan taught U.S. History at an Alexandria, Virginia middle school. He graduated magna cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in American Studies.

Mr. Whelan is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • Virginia, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program, Fellow
    • Law Review: George Mason Law Review, Research Editor
  • College of William & Mary
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Major: American Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Assoc.

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Arthur B. Vieregg, Jr. of the Fairfax County Circuit Court, Legal Intern
  • Alexandria, Virginia, Middle School, Taught U.S. History and served as Social Studies department chair