Deborah Murrell Whelihan

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Phone: (703) 246-0900
Fax: (703) 591-3673

A member of the bar since 1986, Debbie Whelihan is a highly skilled litigator with significant jury trial and bench trial experience. Debbie has a complex and diverse litigation practice but she concentrates her practice on the defense of professionals (accountants, attorneys, insurance brokers physicians, social workers, and real estate professionals) and employment disputes as well as handling personal injury, premises liability, products liability, and commercial cases.  In addition to her litigation practice, Debbie has developed a successful employment and contract practice for businesses and employers.

Debbie has successfully defended claims of serious personal injuries and death from motor vehicle accidents and has represented automobile dealers, trucking companies, and rental car companies from claims of negligence, products liability, and consumer protection violations.  She has also defended several religious organizations and educational institutions against claims of sexual misconduct and claims made by former employees.

In addition to her practice before the state and federal courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Debbie has represented attorneys before the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission and the District of Columbia Board of Professional Responsibility and Bar Counsel.  Debbie has represented employers before the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Human Relations Commission and the Office of Human Rights of the District of Columbia.  She represents physicians before the Physician Board of Quality Insurance and health care providers before Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.  Prior to joining the firm, as part of her real estate litigation practice, Debbie defended real estate agents, brokers, and real estate agencies before the Maryland Real Estate Commission.

She has also handled a number of appeals resulting in important decisions for our professional clients. 

Debbie is a Master of the Bench in the Montgomery County Inn of Court and she is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in the registry of AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0, which significant rating accomplishment is a testament to the fact that Debbie’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Reported Cases

Sage Title Group, LLC. v. Robert Roman, 229 Md. App. 601 ( 2016)(conversion commingled monies)

Equal Rights Center v. Properties Int’l, 110 A.3d 599 2015 WL 791402 (2015)(standing to sue for discrimination)

Atty. Griev. Comm'n v. McDowell, 439 Md. 26, 93 A.3d 711 (2014)(lawyer discipline)

Nace v. Miller, 201 Md. App. 54; 28 A.3d 737 ( 2011), cert. denied, Nace v. Miller, 2011 Md. LEXIS 897 (Md., Dec. 19, 2011)(legal malpractice, jurisdiction and venue)

Nesse v. GMAC Mortg., LLC (In re Barnes), Case No. 10-16362-TJC, Chapter 7, Adversary No. 11-00290, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 1738 (April 19, 2012)(bankruptcy and lien avoidance)

Neel v. Mid-Atlantic of Fairfield, LLC, 778 F. Supp. 2d 593 (2011), 161 Lab. Cas. (CCH) P35,894; 17 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 1367, April 20, 2011. (FMLA)

Kant v. Cohen, Case No.: RWT 08cv318, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156871 (July 11, 2011), affirmed, Kant v. Cohen, 468 Fed. Appx. 225 (2012), U.S. App. LEXIS 5024 (4th Cir. Md., 2012); [Kant v. Cohen, Case No.: RWT 08cv318, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95598 (October 14, 2009), affirmed,  Kant v. Cohen, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 23998 (4th Cir. Md., Nov. 22, 2010)(unreported)](legal malpractice)

Moore v. Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., 2011 U.S. Distr. LEXIS 134552 (D.Md. November 21, 2011)(employment discrimination)

Mascone v. American Physical Society, Inc., 404 Fed. Appx. 762, 2010 WL 5066022 (2010)(employment discrimination)

Henderson v. Ratner, 677 F. Supp. 2d 37, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121377 (D.D.C. 2009)(Civil RICO)

Young v. Burton, 567 F. Supp. 2d 121, 2008 WL 2810237 (2008), 354 Fed. Appx. 432, 2009 WL 3416479 (2008)(legal malpractice, mold injuries, and Daubert)

Darbeau v. Progressive Tech. Fed. Sys., Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19961 (D.D.C. Mar. 17, 2008)(employment discrimination)

Remco Energy Solutions v. Melvyn J. Weinstock, Esq., et al., Case No.: 24-C-06-005854, Business & Technology Case Management Program (April 22, 2009); Remco Energy Solutions v. Weinstock (In re MGR Distrib. Corp.), Case No. 94-50161-DK, Chapter 7, Adversary No. 06-1644, 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 3114, (September 05, 2007)] (legal malpractice and bankruptcy)

Moore v. Matthews, 445 F. Supp. 2d 516, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62866, 2006 A.M.C. 2609 (D. Md. 2006)(boating accident)

Williams v. Wash. Convention Ctr. Auth., 407 F. Supp. 2d 4, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4138 (D.D.C. 2005)(employment discrimination and FMLA)

Regan v. Grill Concepts D.C., Inc., 338 F. Supp. 2d 131, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19908 (D.D.C. 2004)(employment discrimination)

Perdue v. Town of Snow Hill, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20570 (D. Md. Aug. 30, 2000)(employment discrimination)

Borchers v. Hrychuk, 126 Md. App. 10, 727 A.2d 388, 1999 Md. App. LEXIS 54 (1999)(clergy malpractice)

Edwards v. Demedis, 118 Md. App. 541, 703 A.2d 240, 1997 Md. App. LEXIS 190 (1997)(legal malpractice)

Pilz v. FDIC, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 16161 (4th Cir. Md. July 1, 1997)(title insurance)

Homa v. Friendly Mobile Manor, 93 Md. App. 337, 612 A.2d 322, 1992 Md. App. LEXIS 176 (1992)(legal malpractice)

Hernandez v. Suburban Hosp. Ass'n, 319 Md. 226, 572 A.2d 144, 1990 Md. LEXIS 57 (1990)(legal malpractice and equitable lien)