Deborah Murrell Whelihan

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Offices Washington
Phone 202.467.8823
Fax 202.533.9084

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Debbie is a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and a member of the litigation group.  She has practiced law for more than 35 years and has significant jury trial and bench trial and appellate experience.

She has a complex and diverse litigation practice, stemming from her decades of handling insurance defense and insurance coverage matters.  Debbie has corporate clients who rely on her practical counsel, but she has focused her successful practice on the defense of professionals.  Debbie has represented lawyers, accountants, attorneys, insurance brokers and agencies, physicians, social workers and real estate professionals.  She also has significant experience in employment litigation and disputes as well as handling personal injury, premises liability, products liability, commercial, and construction litigation and disputes.  Debbie has defended automobile dealers, trucking companies, and rental car companies from claims of negligence, products liability and consumer protection violations.  She has also represented several religious organizations and educational institutions from claims of sexual misconduct and molestation and claims of discrimination.  Debbie has more than 30 reported appellate opinions from the D.C. and Maryland federal and state courts.

In addition to her varied trial and litigation work, Debbie has extensive professional liability experience.  Debbie has represented numerous attorneys before the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, the District of Columbia Board of Professional Responsibility and Bar Counsel, and the Virginia State Bar.  She also represents employers before the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Human Relations Civil Rights Commissions, the Office of Human Rights of the District of Columbia, and the Virginia Human Rights Commissions.  She represents physicians before the Physician Board of Quality Insurance and health care providers before Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.  Debbie also has experience defending real estate agents, brokers, and real estate agencies before the Maryland Real Estate Commission.  Debbie has successfully defended insurance agencies and brokers before the Maryland Insurance Commission.

Debbie has earned the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is a “Master of the Bench” in the Montgomery County Maryland Inn of Court.

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