Joseph D. Whelan

Partner

Joe’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, and commercial litigation. He represents clients in state and federal courts and agencies throughout New England in employment matters including executive compensation disputes, non-competition disputes, and matters involving employment-related statutes. Joe represents clients in all facets of labor and employment law ranging from executive compensation to collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations and matters before the NLRB. In addition, he represents clients in business litigation matters, such as shareholder disputes, contract claims, business breakups, commission disputes and technology disputes.

EDUCATION

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Providence College, B.A.

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

  • U.S. Supreme Court and various U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • Rhode Island
  • U. S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • WHELAN CORRENTE & FLANDERS LLP
    Partner (2011 – Present)
  • HINCKLEY, ALLEN & SNYDER LLP Partner (2002 – 2011)
    Associate (1997 – 2001)
  • JACKSON, LEWIS, SCHNITZLER & KRUPMAN New York, NY
    Associate (1995 – 1997)
  • SIMPSON, THACHER & BARTLETT New York, NY
    Law Clerk (1993 – 1994)

SPECIAL HONORS

  • 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” award recipient for Employment Law-Management
  • 2014-2019 Super Lawyers Top Attorney in Employment & Labor Law
  • Selected by his peers as the 2017 Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” for Providence
  • Selected by his peers in Woodward/White Inc.’s Best Lawyers in America (2014-2019) in the categories of Labor Law Management, Employment Law Management, Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the category of Labor & Employment
  • Listed in the corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers in the category of Employment & Labor
  • Mr. Whelan has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell with its highest rating of “AV”

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS AND LECTURESHIPS

  • Adjunct Professor (Employment and Labor Law), Roger Williams University School of Law (1998 – Present)

CHARITABLE AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

  • Roger Williams University, Board of Trustees (2013 – Present)
  • Roger Williams School of Law, Board of Directors (2008 – Present)
  • Pro Bono Collaborative, Board of Advisors (2007 – Present)
  • Community Boating Center, Director, President and Trustee (1999 – 2010)

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