John M. Whelan

John M. Whelan is an of counsel attorney in in the Orange County office of Samini Scheinberg, PC.

Mr. Whelan has been practicing business litigation before the federal and state courts in California at the trial and appellate court levels for the past twenty-two years. His published opinions include Unocal Corp. v. United States, et al., 222 F.3d 528 (9th Cir. 2000), Dearborn v. Mar Ship Operations, Inc. 113 F.3d 995 (9th Cir. 1997) and Torres v. M/V Fuiono, 141 F. Supp. 2d 1020 (S.D. Cal. 2001).

Before practicing law, Mr. Whelan served as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty and in the reserves, attaining the rank of Major before he was honorably discharged in 1994.


  • University of Michigan (B.A., Economics)
  • University of Southern California (J.D.)

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • California