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Stephen Whelan’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on matters related to commercial real estate, commercial landlord-tenant actions, contract disputes, construction, and labor and employment law. He also has substantial experience with claims related to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Mr. Whelan counsels clients on best practices to avoid litigation, and provides general corporate and business representation to clients in the labor and employment, construction, and real estate sectors.

Prior to joining BBS&G, Mr. Whelan practiced at a business litigation firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented clients in litigation before the federal and local courts in the District of Columbia, as well as before a variety of District of Columbia administrative agencies, including the Department of Employment Services, Office of Administrative Hearings, and Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Mr. Whelan received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was the recipient of multiple merit-based scholarships. While at Wake Forest, Mr. Whelan clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert J. Conrad at the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He also participated in a semester-long externship in the Office of General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

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

  • Representative Experience
    • Successfully defended a client against claims totaling $190 million in a 10-day evidentiary arbitration hearing before JAMS in New York City. The complex action involved a claim for fees arising out of previous litigation related to a terrorist attack.
    • Successfully prosecuted a complex commercial landlord-tenant action in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia resulting in a bench verdict in favor of the landlord after a three-day trial.
    • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a government entity that was sued for breach of contract, civil conspiracy, and fraud.
    • Successfully prosecuted claims in Fairfax County Circuit Court for breach of contract, conversion, and civil conspiracy resulting in a bench verdict and an award of treble damages related to the mismanagement of a limited liability company.
    • Negotiated and obtained a $4 million settlement prior to litigation for a minority shareholder of a software company.
    • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of property owner defeating multiple legal challenges to ownership and obtained a bench verdict and monetary judgment at trial on property owner’s counterclaim against legal challenger.
  • Honors
    • Super Lawyers 2021 Washington D.C. Rising Star
    • Super Lawyers 2021, 2022 & 2023 Maryland Rising Star