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Practice Areas

Professional Liability Defense; Legal Ethics; Commercial Law; Financial Institutions Law; Lender Liability; Tort Defense; Employment Law; Civil Rights



Bar/Court Admissions

1986, Maryland; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1988, District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1990, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; 2016 Virginia



Education

Dickinson College, B.A., cum laude, 1983
Washington & Lee University, J.D., 1986




Organizations

Montgomery County, Maryland State and American Bar Associations; The District of Columbia Bar.


 
DEBORAH MURRELL WHELIHAN

 
Partner
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Telephone: 703-246-0900
Facsimile: 703-591-3673

10509 Judicial Drive, Ste. 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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Practice Overview and Representative Experience:

A member of the bar since 1986, Debbie Whelihan is a litigator with significant jury trial and bench trial experience. Debbie concentrates her litigation practice in the areas of legal malpractice defense and other types of professional liability, premises liability, products liability, personal injury, employment matters, insurance coverage issues, and contract disputes. In addition to her litigation practice, Debbie has developed a successful employment and contract practice. She has been accepted to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale Hubbell.

Since joining the firm, Debbie has defended over seventy lawyers against claims made by their former clients and other parties in addition to her defense of physicians and hospitals, her defense of real estate agents, brokers, and real estate agencies, and her defense of accountants against claims of malpractice. 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. As an example of a clergy malpractice claim she defended, see Borchers v. Hyrchuk, 727 A.2d 388 (Md. App. 1999).
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In addition to her practice before the 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 Maryland Human Relations Commission and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.Debbie has represented physicians and hospitals before the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration 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.

Debbie has also handled a number of appeals resulting in important decisions for our professional clients, such as Edwards v. Demedis, 118 Md.App. 541, 703 A.2d 240 (1997), in which the Court of Special Appeals reaffirmed that an attorney's continuing representation of clients did not toll the statute of limitations.

 
Reported Cases

Nesse v. GMAC Mortg., LLC (In re Barnes), 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 1738 (Bankr. D. Md. Apr. 19, 2012)(bankruptcy preference)

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

Neel v. Mid-Atlantic of Fairfield, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111939 (D. Md. Aug. 9, 2012)(FMLA)

Nace v. Miller, ___ A.2d. ___ (Md. App. 2011)(legal malpractice defense; venue)

Mascone v. Am. Physical Soc'y, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 25267, 111 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 66 (4th Cir. Md. Dec. 10, 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 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57446, 76 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (CBC) 1349 (D.D.C. 2008)(toxic mold)

Wash. Convention Ctr. Auth. v. Johnson, 953 A.2d 1064, 2008 D.C. App. LEXIS 357, 104 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 969 (D.C. 2008)(age discrimination and FMLA violations)

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

Remco Energy Solutions v. Weinstock (In re MGR Distrib. Corp.), 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 3114 (Bankr. D. Md. Sept. 4, 2007)(legal malpractice defense)

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)(age discrimination)

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

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

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

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

Hernandez v. Suburban Hosp. Ass'n, 319 Md. 226, 572 A.2d 144, 1990 Md. LEXIS 57 (1990)(equitable lien against attorney's fee)