Richard Q. Whelan

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Mr. Whelan joined the firm in 1981 after obtaining his law degree from Tulane University. Mr. Whelan has devoted his practice to the handling of a broad spectrum of maritime cases primarily on behalf of shipowners and underwriters. He has extensive trial and litigation experience in the handling of the defense of personal injury and death claims involving seaman, longshoremen, harbor workers and recreational boaters. His maritime practice also focuses on property and cargo damage claims, vessel arrests and attachment, maritime liens, Coast Guard violations and proceedings and stowaways. Mr. Whelan is also a leading member of the firm’s oil pollution response team and he has handled numerous major pollution incidents on behalf of vessel owners, charterers, terminal operators and their insurers. He has lectured on a number of maritime law topics.

Areas of Practice (53)

  • Admiralty Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Product Liability Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Finance
  • Yachts
  • Recreational Craft
  • Aviation Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Jones Act
  • Long shore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Marine Insurance Defense
  • Marine Pollution
  • Marine Subrogation
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Maritime Contracts
  • Maritime Finance
  • Maritime Liens
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Maritime Products Liability
  • Maritime Property Damage
  • Recreational Boating Law
  • Ship Documentation
  • Ship Foreclosure
  • Ship Sales and Mortgages
  • Shipyard Litigation
  • Clean Water Act
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Commercial Foreclosure
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Excess Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Boating Accidents
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Bills of Lading
  • Cargo Claims

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215-987-3342  Phone
215-625-0185  Fax
University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1978
Law School Attended:
Tulane University, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; 1981, Pennsylvania; 1989, New York
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York State and American Bar Associations; Association of Average Adjusters of the United States; Association of Average Adjusters of the United Kingdom; Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member, Committee on Fisheries in the United States, 1988—; Member, Carrier Security Committee, 1998—).
Birth Information:
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, July 5, 1955

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 (1 review)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 4.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 10/26/11 in Admiralty and Maritime Law

    expererienced lawyer, leader of Philadelphia maritime bar. tough negotators. Hears what he hears not necessarily what others hear or say.

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