PracticesClass Actions and Mass Torts
Labor and Employment
Rideshare and Autonomous Vehicles
EducationMr. Whalen received a B.A. in history in 2000 from Indiana University, where he also obtained minor degrees in Spanish, economics and business. He received his J.D. in 2004 from the DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Whalen was on the Dean’s List on multiple occasions at both Indiana University and DePaul University.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2004)
James H. Whalen
Lipe Lyons is proud to announce that six of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™September 8, 2023
Shareholders Jeffrey Lipe and Thomas Pontikis were selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their work in personal injury litigation. Shareholder James Whalen, Partner Amanda Zink, and Of Counsel Raymond Lyons Jr. were selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their work in insurance litigation. And Senior Associate Alejandra Barcenas was selected for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for her work in Insurance Law and Construction Litigation.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.
Ones to Watch in America™ highlights the legal talent of lawyers who have been in practice less than 10 years. These awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in America.
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Lipe Lyons Shareholder and Managing Partner James Whalen to be featured speaker at Primerus Convocation09/08/2023
Lipe Lyons Shareholder and Managing Partner James Whalen will be a featured speaker at the International Society of Primerus Law Firms™ 2023 Defense Institute Convocation this week.
Partner James Whalen and Associate JohnFranco Joyce Secure Dismissal for Their ClientsJuly 28, 2023
Partner James H. Whalen and Associate JohnFranco Joyce obtained a dismissal of a legal malpractice claim on behalf of their defendant clients, an attorney and law firm in Lake County, Indiana. Plaintiff, an attorney, retained defendants in relation to a federal indictment for tax evasion and failure to file federal income taxes. The lawsuit filed against defendants alleged that their negligent legal representation of Plaintiff resulted in tax liability owed to the U.S. government that substantially exceeded what Plaintiff actually owed and a more severe federal prison sentence than he otherwise would have received. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss asserting several factual and legal arguments. The Court agreed with Lipe Lyons’ arguments and granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss.
Lipe Lyons Attorneys Selected to 2023 Super Lawyers and Rising StarsJanuary 24, 2023
The firm is pleased to announce that five of our Shareholders Jeffrey Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Thomas Pontikis, James Whalen, and Jordan Tank, and two of our Senior Associates Alejandra Barcenas and Elise Ruff, were recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. We invite you to learn more about our attorneys by visiting their Attorney Bios.
Lipe Lyons Announces 2022 Super Lawyers and Rising StarsFebruary 2, 2022
The firm is pleased to announce that five of our Shareholders Jeffrey Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Edward Murphy, James Whalen, and Jordan Tank, and four of our associates Alejandra Barcenas, Ryan Eckert, Riley Gallagher, and Elise Ruff, were recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for the 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. We invite you to learn more about our attorneys by visiting their Attorney Bios.
Whalen and Ruff Achieve Not Guilty Verdict in Premises Liability ArbitrationJanuary 21, 2022
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in arbitration of premises liability claims asserted against a business owner. The plaintiff alleged that an unnatural accumulation of ice caused his injuries. At the arbitration, the Plaintiff black-boarded six figures in medical bills and lost wages, and alleged permanent injuries. In addition to his premises liability theory, the Plaintiff also raised issues about missing evidence and spoliation. The arbitrator denied all claims.
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in ArbitrationDecember 29, 2021
Lipe Lyons Shareholder James Whalen and Associate Elise Ruff achieved a not guilty verdict in Arbitration for the property owner in a premises liability case. Plaintiff alleged that an unnatural accumulation occurred which resulted in Plaintiff sustaining permanent injuries. The underlying case involved a slip and fall that occurred at a gas station. Plaintiff claimed over six figures in damages. During arbitration Plaintiff attempted to raise issues on missing evidence and spoliation. However, Lipe Lyons limited the matters to be arbitrated to those contained within Plaintiff’s complaint. The Arbitrator determined that although Plaintiff sustained injuries from the fall, there was no evidence to suggest that an unnatural accumulation existed. Thus Plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proof to show that Defendant breached his duty of care to Plaintiff.
Lipe Lyons Prevails at In-Person Trial During PandemicMarch 3, 2021
Shareholder James Whalen obtained a directed finding for a Lipe Lyons' client at a bench trial conducted in October 2020. The trial was held at the DuPage County (Illinois) Courthose, and included live, in-person testimony from our four witnesses. The plaintiff asserted fraud and statutory claims in connection with alleged defects in and damage to real property, and sought monetary damages, equitable relief and attorneys' fees.
2021 Illinois Supers Lawyers ListFebruary 4, 2021
The firm is pleased to announce that name partners Jeffrey H. Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Jr. and Edward J. Murphy and partner James H. Whalen have been named to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. These lawyers have been recognized per below:Jeffrey H. Lipe (civil litigation, construction litigation)
Raymond Lyons, Jr. (personal injury - products, general litigation, construction litigation)
Edward J. Murphy (personal injury - products, insurance coverage, class action/mass torts)
James H. Whalen (business litigation, construction litigation, personal injury – products)
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-stage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. All candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys they have personally observed in action. Researchers then evaluate candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are then grouped according to their primary practice areas and final selections are made by special review panels composed of leading lawyers in each state.
In addition, partner Jordan Tank, and associates Alejandra Barcenas, Sarah Bourdet, John Dark, Ryan Eckert and Elaina Valtierra have been named to the 2021 Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers, which is also published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Illinois are named to the Rising Stars list. These attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in the following fields:
Jordan M. Tank (business litigation, personal Injury - general, professional liability, appellate, construction litigation)
Alejandra Barcenas (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - general, business litigation)
Sarah Bourdet (construction litigation)
John Dark (civil litigation)
Ryan Eckert (civil litigation)
Elaina Valtierra (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - medical malpractice, personal injury - products, professional liability)
Primerus Dram Shop Law Compendium, Illinois.May 17, 2017
Lipe Lyons Listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys & AdjustersFebruary 14, 2017
Nahrstadt and Whalen to Speak at 7th Annual Circuit Court Boot CampOctober 17, 2016
Partner James Whalen Passes Indiana Bar04/21/2016
Representation of Multiple Clients in Civil LitigationMarch 9, 2015
James H. Whalen and Ryan A. Kelly had their article entitled “Representation of Multiple Clients in Civil Litigation” published in Primerus Stare Decisis, March, 2015.
Whalen Named PartnerJune 10, 2013