Whelan Law Group

Whelan Law Group

We are a father/sons trial team specializing in complex business and employment litigation for businesses and individuals in Central California.

Firm Overview

We are a Martindale-Hubbell AV Pre-Eminent Peer Review Rated law firm. Walt has practiced law in California for 31 years; Brian for 5 years.

We pride ourselves in being skilled oral and written advocates for our clients who range from multi-national corporations to local companies and individuals. Unlike other civil litigation specialists who call themselves "litigators," we are trial attorneys who are experienced at trial work (Walt has over 75 cases to verdict or judgment in state and federal courts) and who look forward to going to trial when an opponent takes an unreasonable approach to settlement. Civil trials are stressful, risky, and expensive. It is our job to manage the stress, minimize the risk, handle the case as economically as possible and to win. If you are looking for Fresno Employment Law Attorneys or Fresno Business Litigation Attorneys, you have come to the right place.

Main Office

Main Office
7060 North Fresno Street, Suite 210
Fresno CA 93720




Employment Litigation

We represent employers and employees in state and federal courts in various employment disputes including wrongful termination, discrimination (age, race, disability, ghttp://whelanlawgroup.com/?page_id=14ender, etc.), sexual harassment, defamation, whistle-blower cases, and wage and hour disputes (e.g., overtime, meal and rest break cases). For employers, we also provide pre-litigation advice and represent companies in agency actions before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the EEOC.

Walter W. Whelan

Whelan Law Group

Walt has a bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University (1979) and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Los Angeles (1982).

After practicing law in the Los Angeles area for two years, Walt came to Fresno in 1985 and practiced with McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth for 12 years in the business litigation department, where he specialized in business and employment litigation.

In 1997, Walt established his own law firm in Fresno, where he has continued to specialize in business and employment litigation. He has tried to verdict or judgment over 75 cases in state and federal courts in California. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and has, once again, been named a Super Lawyer for Northern California (reserved for the top five percent of lawyers). Walt has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 14 years.

Over the years, Walt has represented a variety of clients, including corporate clients such as AT&T, RadioShack Corporation, Adventist Health, Beverly Enterprises, SaveMart Supermarkets, SYSCO Foods, Central Valley YMCA, Primex Farms, Central Valley Processing, Wilbur-Ellis Company, and Sportsmobile West, to name a few.

Walt's other interests and hobbies include parenting (father of five), wine-making (he has won gold medals at the California State Fair and at local fairs), gardening, traveling, and supporting research for Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Walt has a life-long interest in agriculture, having been born and raised on his family's olive farm near Porterville, California. Walt is proficient in Spanish and French.


University of California at Los Angeles