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Peter M. Whelan

  • Partner


Washington, DC



Peter M. Whelan | 2022 | Recognized By Best Lawyers
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I chose to become an employment lawyer, and chose to represent employees facing discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, because I know how important your career is to your life and to your family. I have the skills and the passion to guide you honestly and carefully through the confusing maze of options available to those seeking to fight for their rights in the workplace. I listen carefully to your needs and your unique situation, and will devise a strategy tailored to those needs.

I believe that every employee should be treated with dignity. You spend more waking hours at your workplace than you do practically anywhere else, so when you face discrimination, harassment, or retaliation at work, it affects every part of your life. When your employer fires you for an illegal reason after you've given years of dedicated service to that employer, it is a devastating and humiliating insult to you as a person.

I have achieved favorable outcomes for numerous clients in the private and public sector in a wide range of employment-related litigation, including individual discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) cases, as well as in severance negotiations and contractual disputes.

Nothing I do will undo the mistreatment you've endured in the workplace, but I will do my absolute best to help you obtain a result that will enable you to move on to the next chapter in your life, and that gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you stood up for your rights.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law 50%
  • Sexual Harassment Law 25%
  • Wrongful Termination 25%

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.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program, Fellow
  • College of William & Mary
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: American Studies

Representative Cases

  • Defeated Employer's Appeal of Denial of Motion to Compel Arbitration, Carter v. Fannie Mae, 2014 WL 4212622 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014), 2014, CA Court of Appeal, G049112

Honors and Awards

  • Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition

Professional Associations and Memberships

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