John Whelan, ESQ.


John has been litigating personal injury, business, and other civil litigation cases in California state and federal courts for nearly three decades. He is driven by client-focused advocacy coupled with exceptional legal knowledge and skill. His clients trust him to listen to their needs and deliver competent and realistic advocacy.

John obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and his JD degree from the University of Southern California. He is a husband to Donna and a father to Caitlin, Elaine, Liam, and Jack.

Before commencing his legal career, John served as a CH-53D helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Major before being honorably discharged.

When not at work, John enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and family, reading, cooking, and following Michigan Wolverines athletics.


  • Economics, University of Michigan (B.A)
  • Management, Webster University (M.A)
  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law (J.D)

Certifications & Memberships

  • State Bar of California – Admitted
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – Admitted
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California – Admitted
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California – Admitted
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California – Admitted
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles – Member
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association – Member

“Being ready is not what matters.  What matters is winning when you get there.”

— Victor H. Krulak, Lieutenant General, USMC